Lottery chief wants more director applicants

June 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chairman of the Arkansas Lottery Commission said Thursday he was not pleased with the pool of applicants for running the games of chance, and a co-sponsor of the law setting up the lottery vented frustration with the pace of the director search.

‘Printing For Jesus’

June 5, 2009 CHARLOTTE — James Ashley knew his way around an automobile when he worked as manager and certified brake technician for nine years at Seeburg, Muffler and Brake in Fayetteville.Running a screen-printing press, however, was something he didn’t know and wasn’t sure he could do even when Bryan Tuggle, director at John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte, believed otherwise.Thousands of T-shirts and a year and a half later, the joy that comes from producing something that starts as an idea and ends as an item of clothing is two-fold.

Health facilities receive awards

June 5, 2009 Little Rock — The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) recently presented five area health care facilities with Quality Awards for their commitment to excellence in health care. The awards were presented during AFMC’s 16th Quality Conference, held May 19-20 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. Statewide, 52 facilities and agencies received awards.• Batesville Healthcare received a Best Achievement Award (first place) for its restraint-reduction program and a fall-risk prevention program.

Chopper crashes

June 5, 2009 BUFFALO POINT — A military helicopter on a routine mission between Clinton and the Flippin Airport crashed Thursday afternoon, landing upside down in the Buffalo River and sending one state police officer to the hosptial.According to Bill Sadler with the Arkansas State Police, the  Arkansas Air National Guard helicopter experienced mechanical failure, lost power and autorotated into the Buffalo River at Buffalo Point in Marion County at approximately 1:22 p.m.

Police patrol to increase at work sites

June 5, 2009 A man flagging traffic in a busy construction area on Harrison Street Wednesday afternoon said he had to run for his life when a motorist started driving toward him. Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said around 2:15 p.m. he was dispatched to an accident in front of Burger King where a driver had crashed his car into the fence surrounding the outside seating area. “A witness, Eddie Holliday, who was directing traffic in front of Burger King, said that he was waving a silver car through the construction when the vehicle started coming at him,” Friar said. “Mr.

News of other days

June 4, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 17, 1996.

UACCB names students on Chancellor’s, Dean’s Lists

June 4, 2009 One hundred seventy-nine students have been named to the Spring 2009 Chancellor’s List at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.Full-time students named to the Chancellor’s List must earn a 4.0 grade point average and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. Part-time students are named to the Chancellor’s List if they have earned 12 or more credit hours over the past academic year and earned a 4.0 GPA with no “I” grade (incomplete). This determination is made each May following the spring term.

BHS student will attend U.S. Naval Academy

June 4, 2009 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — John David Sonnier, a student at Batesville High School, will participate in the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this summer.The U.S. Naval Academy invited approximately 2,250 students from around the world to attend the seminar this summer.The seminar is a six-day program for students who have completed the junior year in high school and who are considering applying for admission to the academy after graduation.

Police: Thida assault, trailer fire are result of alleged drug abuse

June 4, 2009 A Thida man remains under a no-bond hold for allegedly ramming two travel trailers and setting one of them on fire on Goatneck Road Wednesday night.Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was patrolling through Oil Trough around 7 p.m. when he was dispatched to a travel trailer on fire at 150 Goatneck Road.On his way to the call Stephens said he came upon a man sitting on the tailgate of a Toyota pickup drinking a Smirnoff Ice, at the intersection of Brown Lake Road and Thida Road.

Women charged with cashing stolen checks

June 4, 2009 Two women have been charged with felonies in connection with the theft, and subsequent cashing of checks reportedly taken during a residential burglary, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.The women are identified as 28-year-old Tracy M. Burkardt of Williford and 29-year-old Maranda L. Dunegan of Batesville, according to the affidavit.