National Guard delivering water

January 13, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four towns that are enduring water-line problems will receive assistance from the Arkansas National Guard.Guard units are being dispatched to deliver water to Marshall and Leslie in Searcy County and Casa and Adona in Perry County. The Guard’s North Little Rock-based 87th Troop Command and Little Rock-based 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will be involved in the deliveries.Gov. Mike Beebe approved the missions on Tuesday. A 5,000-gallon water tanker will be moved to Marshall and 400-gallon water buffaloes will be taken to Leslie, Casa and Adona.

Candidacy announced

January 13, 2010 Wesley Gay has announced his candidacy for Independence County coroner.Gay serves as the emergency medical services program director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, where he teaches emergency medical technician and paramedic courses.

Midland to celebrate 25 years

January 13, 2010 PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland School District will celebrate its 25th anniversary at 2 p.m. Feb. 28.The district will recognize former superintendents, principals, board members and employees and distinguished alumni will be honored. Invitations have been mailed to former employees. Those who did not receive an invitation are asked to call Nancy Roberson at (501) 345-8844.All former students are encouraged to attend and help celebrate.

Ozark Gateway adds restaurant section to Web site

January 13, 2010 The Ozark Gateway Tourist Association has added a new section to its regional tourism Web site. The new section, “Restaurant Reviews,” is part of an ongoing effort to call attention to the number of outstanding restaurants, diners and cafes in the eight-county region (Independence, Jackson, Stone, Izard, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Fulton).

Council accepts construction bid, OKs taxback resolution

January 13, 2010 It was a night of many resolutions and ordinances for the Batesville City Council when it met Tuesday.The council:• officially accepted the low bid from Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. of Roanoke, Texas of $5.6 million for the first phase of construction on the wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The first phase will include gravity sewers, tunnel and lift station.Bids were opened Dec. 10, and engineers have been reviewing them.

City gets hydro update

January 13, 2010 Hydro isn’t making the city of Batesville any money yet, but Steve Fletcher has hopes it will within a year.Tuesday night, Fletcher, White River hydroelectric project coordinator, came before the city council to discuss the project. He has been in town but will be going to Tulsa, Okla., to look at a project there. Fletcher, with Luna Energy, LLC in Alpena, Mich., took over as coordinator after the resignation of Rita Potts last June.The question Fletcher is currently considering is this: Is it possible to raise the heads at Lock and Dams 1 and 2?

Superintendent mum over party photos

January 13, 2010 STRAWBERRY ­­— A Christmas party gone “awry.”That’s what Hillcrest High School English teacher Kim Sexton is calling an incident that occurred Monday when KAIT 8 News in Jonesboro aired a story about photographs it received that showed her holding what appeared to be a box of condoms, personal lubricant as well as an energy drink during a classroom party.While the news station received the photos anonymously, they were photos that apparently appeared in a student’s photo album on Facebook, a social-networking site, according to the station.

News of Other Days

January 12, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 28, 1997.73 YEARS AGOLucien Abraham ended 11 years of successful teaching in Batesville public schools today and announced that he has become associated with the Crouch Furniture Store at its new location on Main Street. Superintendent Oscar M. Owens announced that Abraham will be succeeded by Miss Sue Rogers of Conway as a teacher in social science.

Tylenol suspect submits DNA

January 12, 2010 BOSTON (AP) — A man long suspected in the 1982 Chicago-area Tylenol slayings has submitted a DNA sample and fingerprints to authorities, a friend said Monday.Roger Nicholson said James W. Lewis told him Friday that he and his wife gave DNA samples and fingerprints to investigators after a closed-door court hearing in Middlesex Superior Court last week.

Clinton library to host exhibit, sponsor essay contest

January 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will welcome its newest temporary exhibit, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection,” on President’s Day, Feb. 15. To coincide with the exhibit, the library is sponsoring “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection Essay Competition,” and invites all Arkansas high school students in grades 9-12 to imagine life as a U.S. diplomat.