Guard prepares for mobilization

June 16, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON — The soldiers of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion were notified this past weekend to prepare for another potential mobilization in support of operations overseas. Although an official alert order has not been received at this time, the National Guard Bureau has identified a portion of the unit as a possible source to fill an upcoming mobilization requirement in fiscal year 2010.

Museum to offer day camp

June 16, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will offer two day camps in July based on the museum’s newest exhibit “Living off the Land — Season by Season.”“Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or go without” was a saying used by early settlers that works well to describe the theme of this camp experience, according to Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator. Campers will explore what life was like on the Arkansas frontier, what it meant to live off the land in a time when families depended on the environment to meet many of their needs.

Safety focus of officials

June 16, 2009 Following local and state investigations, the death of an Independence County road worker on April 16 has been ruled as accidental, according to county officials.In a report dated June 12, Charles Ferguson of the Arkansas Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health said, “A fatality investigation has revealed conditions which need correcting to comply with the provisions of the State of Arkansas’ safety and health regulations and common work practices.”

News of other days

June 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 26, 1996.

Driver escapes injuries from crash but not arrest for DWI

June 15, 2009 A Cushman man escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash in the 7000 block of Harrison Street just before midnight Tuesday.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he was dispatched to the wreck in the Sulphur Rock area just before midnight and found a 1997 Pontiac Firebird off the side of the roadway with the driver, identified as 46-year-old Timothy Long of 25 Cush St., still behind the wheel.

Burglar makes off with safe hidden in Budweiser carton

June 15, 2009 Independence County deputies were kept busy with thefts and burglaries Wednesday, according to reports, but no arrests were made at that time.Deputy Fred Friar reported that he was dispatched that evening to North State Street on a residential burglary call. When he arrived, he was told by Tommy Winningham that between 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, someone entered his residence through the rear door, then removed a lockbox containing $2,000 in cash, 30 silver dollar coins and important paperwork.

College Briefs

June 15, 2009 Local student chosen to go on pilgrimage

Izard County reports arrests

June 15, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Brockwell man who tested positive for drugs was taken to the Izard County jail Saturday night after allegedly making a threatening call, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Eric Burke Lafleur, 44, was arrested following a call to a residence in the Bandmill community. He was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct.“Lafleur tested positive for cocaine, opiates and marijuana,” Lawrence said. Lafleur remains in jail. In other arrests:

Deadline approaching for watermelon pageant

June 15, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City Watermelon Pageant will be June 26-27 in the new Cave City High School Cafeteria, pageant director Carolyn Wammack said.June 22 is the entry deadline.Contests the first night beginning at 7 o’clock will include Little Miss Melon, for ages 4-5; Little Mr. Melon, ages 4-6; Petite Miss Melon, ages 6-7; Young Miss Melon, ages 8-9; Pre-Teen Miss Melon, ages 10-12; Junior Miss Melon, ages 13-15; and Queen Melon, ages 16-21.