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.

Walmart to close 10 Sam’s Clubs

January 12, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — Walmart said Monday it will close 10 money-losing Sam’s Club stores and cut 1,500 jobs to reduce costs.The stores will close Jan. 22. They are in Nampa, Idaho; La Quinta, Calif.; Louisville, Colo.; Vista, Calif.; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Clay, N.Y.; and Irvine, Calif. The cities of Houston, Phoenix and Sacramento, Calif., will each lose one store.“Despite the outstanding efforts of our associates, these clubs continued to lose money and we have decided to close them,” Sam’s Club CEO Brian Cornell said in a statement.

Three charged in inmate’s death

January 12, 2010 LONOKE (AP) — Lonoke County prosecutors have charged three inmates with second-degree murder in the death of a former prisoner.Prosecuting Attorney Wes Feland said Monday Eddie Buchy, David Lane and Wesley Minnie also were charged with engaging in violent criminal group activity for the fatal beating of Jerry Luker.County officials say Luker was taken from the jail to the hospital Oct. 19 after he was found to be suffering from a skull injury.

Damages awarded in ATV crash

January 12, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A legislative subcommittee has upheld a $1.5 million award the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is to pay a Des Arc man.Thirty-three-year-old Jeremy Kirkland was injured when he crashed an ATV into a 3-foot-deep ditch dug by AHTD crews on a Prairie County road. The department has been found to have been negligent for failing to post warning signs.