Alert system put to test by Batesville schools

January 8, 2010 When an 18-wheeler carrying propane overturned on top of Ramsey Mountain Thursday afternoon and forced evacuations in a 1-mile radius and the re-routing of traffic through Newark, Batesville School District was prepared.It was an emergency situation that could have turned chaotic for the district with floods of calls coming in from concerned parents and guardians worried about their children making it home from school, but it wasn’t thanks to Alert Now, Superintendent Ted Hall said this morning.

Rollover closes road

January 8, 2010 Everyone within a 1-mile range of the top of Ramsey Mountain near Batesville was evacuated late Thursday afternoon when an 18-wheeler propane truck overturned and sprung a leak.Simon Thombeni, 37, of Batesville was driving a 2001 Peterbilt tractor pulling a tanker loaded with 9,600 gallons of propane up the mountain on Highway 167 around 3:20 p.m. when his rig turned over, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Ronnie Qualls.

News of other days

January 7, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 23, 1997. 

Lyon announces Dean’s List

January 7, 2010 Sixty-eight students have been named to the fall 2009 Lyon College Dean’s List.To be on the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a 3.75 grade point average or higher while taking a minimum of 12 hours a semester.Area students on the fall 2009 list are:Batesville — Marnie Allen, Clare Brown, Shalyn Carlile, Tonya Clapp, Sam Covington, Meredith Davis, Chris Dickie, Megan Holifield, Stephanie McSpadden, Jon-Michael Poff, Codi Ribitzki, Renee TylerCalico Rock — Maximino DiazCave City — Jonathan Mitchell, Crystal PannellConcord — Alyssa Brock

Alleged burglars caught

January 7, 2010 Two Independence County men who allegedly targeted a rural home to burglarize are in jail and facing felony charges after the homeowner recognized one of them and followed their vehicle.A court affidavit filed by Independence County Detective Robert Moser said that on Dec. 29, police were dispatched to Owl Lane where a residential burglary was in progress and while on the way the homeowner informed police that two men had run from the home and fled in a blue Chevrolet truck.

Bridal show to be Jan. 17

January 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The 13th annual Bridal Show will be from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

Sugg: Calico Rock area embraces true spirit of Christmas

January 7, 2010 CALICO ROCK — This year’s Toys for Tots project, sponsored by the Calico Rock/Pineville Chamber of Commerce, provided toys, clothing and toiletries to 65 local children, according to Kedra Sugg with the chamber.“Most of us think of Christmas as a time for giving and getting gifts from family and friends, but many in this community give of their time and money to children they don’t even know,” Sugg said, adding that there some people who “went the extra mile.”

Volunteer network to meet

January 7, 2010 “Humor Helps: Peeks at Personality Types” will be the topic for the North Central Volunteer Network (NCVN) brown-bag lunch meeting at noon Jan. 19 at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The NCVN meets quarterly and is open to volunteer coordinators and anyone interested in volunteerism and volunteer management.

Main Street Arkansas to accept new members

January 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Main Street Arkansas will accept new communities in the Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN) this spring and applications are available, according to a news release. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

10 inmates riot at county jail

January 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN HOME — On New Year’s Eve, the Baxter County jail was something akin to the old Louis Jordan lyrics, “Beans and Cornbread had a fight, Beans knocked Cornbread outta sight.”A jail riot has resulted in charges against 10 current and former inmates, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said.The incident began when inmate Travis Lee Cagle apparently became upset with the contents of the evening meal being served and began cursing and yelling, Montgomery said.