Plungers dive for Special Olympics

March 4, 2010 Displaying a festive mood, employees from local industries and businesses, as well as individuals, threw themselves into the chilly waters of the White River Saturday afternoon.Many were dressed in regalia representing everything from cartoon characters to super heroes. Nine teams and several individuals came together  and raised $11,500 for the Arkansas Special Olympics during the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge.The largest sum of money raised, $4,000, was brought in by Dave McQuary of Batesville.

Students learn math using GPS

March 4, 2010 NEWARK — Newark Elementary students in Kimberly Jones’ EAST Lab class recently participated in a “geocaching” scavenger hunt by using global-positioning system units. EAST stands for Environmental and Spacial Technology.Jones said students Clayton Butler and Shanna Huffine created the scavenger hunt by plotting various landmarks around the school’s campus.

Filings continue

March 4, 2010 More filings have been announced in the region as follows:Sharp CountyThere were eight new candidate filings in Sharp County as of this morning. On the Democratic ticket they include:Assessor — incumbent Kathy Nix of Evening Shade;Coroner — Doug Wortham of Cherokee Village. Filing for Justice of the Peace in District 3 is incumbent Greg Prenger of Cherokee Village. Filing for JP District 4 is Scott Long of Hardy.

Newspapers in Education promotes lifelong learning

March 4, 2010 Newspapers have always been an important part of Christine Brown’s life.At a young age she enjoyed the puzzles and activities found in each edition and as a young adult they helped her when searching for a job.“I always needed newspapers for something and they were always part of my downtime after school,” she said.Today, as the Batesville Daily Guard Newspapers in Education coordinator, Brown is able share her love of the printed word while promoting literacy and spreading the news about the importance of newspapers in daily life.

Couple arrested for endangering children, drugs

March 4, 2010  When a motorist found two small girls playing alongside a busy highway and took them home to find the parents allegedly sleeping Wednesday afternoon, she called police.The motorist who found the girls told police she took them home and they said they couldn’t get their mom awake so she opened the door and shouted for someone, but got no response.

Two co-ops getting grant

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two electric cooperatives in Arkansas are among 29 nationwide chosen to receive federal grants to build and repair distribution and transmission lines.U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants on Tuesday.In Arkansas the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative Corporation will receive $10.5 million and the Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation will get $43.4 million.The funding is being provided under USDA Rural Development’s Electric Loan Program.

Remains confirmed as missing Ark. women

March 3, 2010 BENTONVILLE (AP) — A family member says remains found last month in Benton County are those of his missing aunt and cousin from Bentonville.George Skupien says authorities have identified the remains as 40-year-old Christina Bishop and her 81-year-old mother — Louise Bishop.Authorities have arrested Nicholas Johansen and Michael Winters for capital murder in the case. Johansen is Christina Bishop’s son and Louise Bishop’s grandson.

Letter of termination reveals fired trooper let inmate out

March 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A letter of termination from the Arkansas State Police director says a trooper who was fired Feb. 18 had allowed an inmate to be released from custody.The letter from Col. Winford Phillips to Cpl. Ronnie Anderson was released Tuesday after Anderson did not appeal within 10 days of his firing.It says Anderson was under criminal investigation for releasing an inmate from custody without authorization. The letter offers no other details and State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said the investigation is still under way and declined further comment.

Man sentenced to 6 years prison for lottery ticket theft

March 3, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — A judge in Jonesboro has sentenced a man to six years in prison for breaking into a convenience store and stealing lottery tickets.Thirty-year-old Robert Dewayne Buford of Jonesboro pleaded guilty Friday to theft and commercial burglary.Buford was arrested after a Kum & Go convenience store was burglarized Oct. 17. Officials say $2,400 in lottery tickets were taken.Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer suspended an additional four-year sentence on the condition that Buford testify against an accomplice.

Local areas earn national recognition for wildfire preparedness

March 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Because of efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire, six Independence County communities have earned FireWise Communities/USA recognition.“As a result of FireWise certification, the Southside Fire District has made 6,000-plus residents safer from the threat of wildfire through pre-planning and awareness,” said Adriane Harrell, Arkansas FireWise information officer.