Station 3 now open

October 30, 2009 It may be a building to house the city’s firefighting team, but Thursday afternoon’s grand opening of Fire Station No. 3 was really a victory for the citizens of Batesville.It was the citizens who passed the one-eighth sales tax in a November 2006 special election, and it is the citizens who are benefiting from a lower ISO fire rating, which needed both the new fire station and tower truck to be maintained.

Man drowns after being swept from truck

October 30, 2009 The body of a man swept from a truck by floodwaters shortly after midnight was found about 7:45 this morning in the Webber’s Chapel area, Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers said.Dead is 38-year-old Eric Brashers of Batesville.Bowers said it rained all during the seven-hour search, sometimes heavily and sometimes lightly.

Walmart starts selling caskets, urns online

October 29, 2009 MILWAUKEE (AP) — The world’s largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die.Walmart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets.The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site.Walmart, based in Bentonville, Ark., quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week.

News of Other Days

October 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 11, 1996.73 YEARS AGOBishop John M. Moore of Dallas, Texas, arrived here at 1:30 this afternoon to conduct a cabinet meeting with eight presiding elders of the North Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Church in the home of Mrs. I.N. Barnett. Here for the annual Methodist conference, he will be a guest in the Barnett home during the meeting.

WRMC wound center celebrates anniversary

October 29, 2009 White River Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center celebrated its fifth anniversary by hosting a free wound care seminar on Wednesday at the WRMC Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging Conference Center.

Killer sentenced to life in prison

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man convicted of killing a North Little Rock man during a robbery and wounding the victim’s stepfather has been sentenced to life in prison.A Pulaski County jury deliberated for about 30 minutes Wednesday before finding 26-year-old Michael “M.J.” Jackson guilty of capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery.Jackson was charged in the shooting death of Shawn Bisbee and the wounding of David Rogers.Authorities say Bisbee was beaten, stabbed in the back and his throat was cut before he was shot in the head.

Lawn-gear maker to merge sites

October 29, 2009 NASHVILLE (AP) — Outdoor power-equipment maker Husqvarna, with manufacturing plants at Nashville and De Queen in southwest Arkansas, says it will consolidate the two operations at the Nashville plant next year, and the De Queen site will become a warehouse.The company based at Stockholm, Sweden, said in a news release that the transfer of De Queen’s manufacturing operations to Nashville will begin in June 2010.

Woman found dead in spillway

October 29, 2009 CANFIELD (AP) — Authorities in Lafayette County have recovered the body of a woman whose friend told police she vanished as they rode air mattresses over the Lake Erling spillway at dusk.Sheriff’s deputies identified the victim as 30-year-old Devan LeAnn Burge of Shongaloo in nearby Webster Parish, La. Her body was found Wednesday morning in a tangle of trees about 70 yards below the spillway. Burge disappeared at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Airline to return jets to LR

October 29, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — American Airlines is bringing mainline jet service back to Little Rock National Airport.The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline confirmed Wednesday it will begin using McDonnell Douglas MD-80s in April on four daily American Eagle flights between Little Rock and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Toddler dies after pit bull attack

October 29, 2009 PRESCOTT (AP) — A 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his babysitter’s house and into range of a chained pit bull has died after the dog attacked him.Matthew Clayton Hurt was pronounced dead Wednesday at a hospital in Texarkana after he was taken there following the attack that morning.The child had walked down a busy street to the house where the pit bulldog was chained and inside a dog house.Police Chief Brian Russell said the dog was taken to a kennel in Nashville, Ark., for observation. Russell said he had asked the State Police to investigate.