Third man sought in double slaying surrenders

May 28, 2009 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State police say a third person of interest has turned himself in for questioning in the slayings of two people whose bodies were found in a vehicle on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock.Twenty-five-year-old Terry Dean Birts of North Little Rock was jailed Wednesday on a prior warrant for failure to appear.The remains of 24-year-old Ahki Hughes and 48-year-old Tammy Lawrence were found on May 9. Both suffered gunshot wounds. State police have not described as suspects Birts and two other people investigators sought.

Music theater opens

May 28, 2009 Batesville’s got talent! That’s something a lot of people have known for a long time, according Elmer and Debbie Cochran, who have opened a venue in downtown Batesville for that talent to be displayed.The Cochrans will be hosting local musical talent with the opening of Simply Southern Playhouse Friday night.

First to graduate

May 28, 2009 To say Tonya Cheslek had unresolved issues from her childhood might be putting it mildly. After her parents split up, she excelled at whatever she could find to get the love and attention she didn’t get at home. She rebelled, and like so many others turned to drugs, which eventually led to a vicious cycle of rehab and falling back off the wagon. Then, last year, she was sitting in a Mississippi jail, facing a possible sentence, when her family bonded her out and brought her to the tiny Swaim Hill community, which is now a home to other women who are in similar situations.

News of other days

May 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 7, 1996. 

Arrests follow crashes

May 27, 2009 A one-vehicle accident early Saturday left one man uninjured but headed to jail on traffic charges, according to Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.The accident, involving a Ford Taurus driven by Benjamin N. England, 36, of 2501 Case St., occurred at the intersection of 30th and Kay streets around 2:20 a.m. and left the car with the front end in the ditch and the back end sticking out into Kay Street, Keener said.

Tomato tips offered

May 27, 2009 With all the rain, we’re seeing more incidence of diseases in tomatoes. Usually it’s either bacterial spot or early blight. Bacterial spot has the small dark brown spots on the leaves while early blight starts with yellow leaves on the bottom of the plant.Bacterial spot is controlled with copper-based sprays such as the Bordeaux mixture. Early blight is controlled with the normal fungicides such as Daconil — prevention is easier than curing, early blight.

Ask a Master Gardener: Rain causes problems this year

May 27, 2009 Question: I am a first-time gardener. Earlier this spring I planted a lot of vegetable seeds, but very few came up. What could I have done wrong?Answer: There are several possibilities. You may have chosen the wrong varieties for this area. Or you may have sown too few seeds of each variety. You can always thin out the seedlings if you need to.That’s why seed packages usually have far more seeds than you think you actually need. Consider these extra seeds as insurance for a good crop and be generous when you plant.

Ozarka students earn associates of applied science

May 27, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College has announced the names of students who graduated with an associate of applied science.Students completing their studies with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a certificate or associate degree program are designated as graduating magna cum laude. Students with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 graduated cum laude.Associate of Applied ScienceAsh Flat — Tony Dean Chism (cum laude), registered nursing; Patricia Snow Richardson, business technology; Katie Beth Jacobs, RN;

Hospital executive earns ACHE Fellow status

May 27, 2009 Marion A. “Tony” Thompson, associate administrator of facilities at White River Health System, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders. Thompson is privileged to use the FACHE credential, which signifies board certification in health care management and ACHE Fellow status.

Parole officers report finding guns

May 27, 2009 A routine visit by parole officers led to drug and gun charges being filed against an Independence County man Friday morning.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said around 10 a.m. he was dispatched to 331 Rooster Road, the home of 44-year-old Shelby W. Crabtree.Qualls said he met with probation officers Jeremy Canard and Sherrill Middleton, who said they were at the Crabtree residence to do a home visit.According to Qualls, when the officers did a search of the residence they reportedly found two guns and a bag of what was believed to be marijuana.