Bonus proposed for officials, employees

January 12, 2010 Money talks, especially when a person’s bonus is on the line.Monday night, the Independence County Quorum Court received a proposal for bonuses for all county employees — including themselves and all other county officials — from county Judge Bill Hicks.“County General is living at the top of its boundaries,” Hicks said, and while cost-of-living raises were not an option for 2010, bonuses were since the 2009 budget’s “closing balances came in at a great deal higher than they anticipated.”

News of other days

January 11, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 27, 1997. 

Jonesboro plant to get $22M to spur wind manufacturing

January 11, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The White House says Nordex USA Inc. will get $22 million in tax credits to spur wind manufacturing at its facility under construction at Jonesboro.President Barack Obama announced the release of some $2.3 billion in clean-energy manufacturing tax credits through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The president said 183 projects in 43 states are to receive tax credits to help create “tens of thousands of high-quality, clean energy jobs.” Arkansas is slated to receive more than $30 million for wind manufacturing.

Soldiers honored for saving woman

January 11, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Arkansas National Guard soldiers have been awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the highest award for heroism not involving combat.Maj. Steven Hall and Chief Warrant Officer Ricky Bullinger received the medal for risking their lives to rescue a woman who was being electrocuted underneath a hotel dock on Lake Hamilton on Aug. 23, 2008.

ASU-Beebe recognizes students for academics

January 11, 2010 BEEBE­ — Two hundred sixteen students at Arkansas State University-Beebe have been cited for academic achievement, announced Dr. Ted Kalthoff, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This includes students that attend ASU-Beebe campuses at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Izard retired teachers to meet

January 11, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association will meet at Ozarka College at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 for a Dutch treat lunch. Bonnie Hayes from Legacy Hospice of North Arkansas will speak at noon and members are encouraged to bring items for Safe Passage, one of their community projects. The association meets the third Monday of odd months during the school year. It is open to all retired school personnel and teachers.

Welcome center in Lake Village to be dedicated

January 11, 2010 Lake Village — Over the past 18 months, travelers along U.S. 65 and U.S. 82 have witnessed the construction of Arkansas newest Welcome Center in Lake Village. The project began in March 2008 and opened to the public in late 2009, although work continued on the center’s landscaping, parking lot and adjacent pier.

Credit card used to pry office door

January 11, 2010 Police believe a credit card or perhaps a driver’s license may have been used to jimmy open the back door of a real estate office sometime overnight Saturday.Reported taken from the R.M. Weaver Real Estate office at 930 Newport road were a Hewlett Packard F50 Pavilion computer, along with a Dell flat panel monitor with a combined value of $1,400.Miscellaneous other items, including antique pocket knives, with a combined value of $400 were also reported stolen from the business.No suspects were listed in the case.

Couple shot to death at home

January 11, 2010 SEARCY (AP) — Authorities in White County say a man has been arrested on an outstanding warrant after a man and a woman were found fatally shot in the arrested man’s garage.Sgt. Greg Coney, a spokesman for the White County sheriff’s office, said the shootings occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Friday. He identified the victims as 40-year-old Audra Evans and her 41-year-old boyfriend, Robert Edward Berry. Both died at White County Medical Center.

Cyclist dies after single vehicle accident in Cleburne County

January 11, 2010 HEBER SPRINGS — A Harley-Davidson rider died Sunday as the result of a 3:50 p.m. wreck on state Highway 110 in Heber Springs, according to a Heber Springs Police report.Patrolman John Murphy said Timothy J. Warren, 57, of Rose Bud was traveling south on Highway 110, operating a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and negotiating a curve when the cycle hit a guard rail, throwing Warren off. His body was taken to Dwight’s Funeral Home in Heber Springs.Murphy said weather conditions were clear and the road was dry.