Calico Rock Museum to bridge past, future

May 14, 2009 CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum is moving forward, and it will build a bridge between the past and the future, organizers said.When permanently established the museum will be located in the Bluff City Bank Building, which also houses the chamber of commerce, Tourist Information Center and the Calico Rock Industrial Development Corporation office.The Calico Rock Museum will focus primarily on the history of Calico Rock from prehistoric dwellers to the time when the bridge opened across White River.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 14, 2009 Account opened for patientNEWARK — Debbie Acklin of Newark has recently been diagnosed with stage 4, metastatic, recurrent breast cancer. A Facebook page titled “Praying for Debbie Acklin” has been created for people to visit.Acklin has insurance, but even the co-pays and her percentage of the payments are already extremely high, according to her daughter, so a benefit account has been started for her at Citizens Bank, the Debbie Acklin Cancer Fund. Dog wash, dip planned

Area Briefs

May 14, 2009 Sulphur Rock cleanup setSULPHUR ROCK — The annual citywide cleanup at Sulphur Rock will take place Saturday, Mayor Kendall Batson said.“This is for residents, inside the city limits only,” he said. “They need to put their items at curbside.” Floodwaters close road

Coroner: Force likely killed 3 in tank blast

May 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three men killed when an empty gasoline storage tank exploded in north Arkansas likely died from the impact of the blast, a coroner said Wednesday.Federal safety officials began their investigation into the blast at the TEPPCO Partners LP facility near Searcy in earnest Wednesday, trying to determine what killed the contract workers from Indiana. Meanwhile, Arkansas officials acknowledged the tank fell outside of any state oversight and last underwent an internal inspection by federal authorities more than a decade ago.

Council eyes taxis, Census

May 14, 2009 Without water and wastewater rate increases, the Batesville City Council made fairly short work of the business at hand Tuesday night.The council heard the first reading of two ordinances. One was to amend the city’s code governing taxicab franchises. The original was outdated and several changes have been made.

Tourism officials look at ways to get more visitors to Ozarks

May 14, 2009 “Spring Into Tourism” was the theme for a day of music, information and presentations Monday in the Batesville pocket park to celebrate tourism and to kick off the tourism season.Ozark Gateway Tourist Council President-elect Bob Pest discussed the council’s plans for developing a Heritage Tourism Scenic Drives project and introduced the speakers.

Prowler held at gunpoint

May 14, 2009 After being held at gunpoint in a stranger’s yard until police arrived Wednesday morning, a Batesville man later reportedly told officers that he didn’t know where he was, or what he was doing there, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Billy Joe Brown, who lives at 134 Miller Drive in Spring Valley, told deputies that shortly after midnight he and his wife heard someone knocking on the windows of their home.

Divers, dogs join search for boater

May 14, 2009 Rescue and recovery divers, specialized cadaver dogs, underwater sonar and even old-fashioned drag lines were employed Wednesday in a futile attempt to find a man believed missing on the White River near Batesville.Divers from the Conway Fire Department’s Special Operations unit spent the day searching an area between an ammonia pipeline crossing about 5 miles north of Batesville, and the mouth of Greenbrier Creek a few miles downstream.

News of other days

May 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 24, 1996. 

Paintballers target Chevy dealership

May 13, 2009 Thanks to an alert custodian, a local car dealership escaped relatively unscathed from an early morning paintball attack Friday. The Stanley Wood Chevrolet dealership, 290 N. Central Ave., came under attack shortly after 2 a.m., according to Independence County Deputy Ben Keener.