Suspect sought in Newark burglary

November 3, 2009 Police are looking for a suspect in the Oct. 27 burglary of the Newark Town and Country grocery store.The man they are looking for is 23-year-old Clint Edward Speakman of Sulphur Rock, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.Deputy Shawn Stephens responded to an alarm call at the store around 11 p.m. and discovered the burglary, Leonard said.“Deputy Stephens said when he arrived he found the west entry door busted out, and saw a concrete block next to the check out counter,” Leonard said.

Fleeing driver strikes home of elderly Batesville woman

November 3, 2009 Halloween shenanigans proved to be an expensive experience for a Desha man after he allegedly fled from police, almost hit a squad car head-on and struck the home of an elderly woman late Saturday night.Independence County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Stacy Wright said he was patrolling south on Ramsey Street around 11:50 p.m. when he met a white Chevrolet car traveling at a high rate of speed.Wright said when he turned around to stop the car, it sped up even more and went out of sight.

Southside names four AP scholars

November 3, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Four Southside High School students recently earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards for their exceptional achievement on AP exams, according to a news release. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams. 

Auction to benefit Goodmans

November 3, 2009 A benefit auction for the Kenny and Tony (Womack) Goodman family will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Southside Middle School gym.Proceeds from the concessions and auction will help to pay medical expenses for Kenny Goodman who has untreatable cancer of the stomach, liver and colon. He also has three boys who attend school in Southside.For additional information call Clovis Vest at (870) 368-7811; Teresa Frasier at 368-4267 or Pam Stegeman at  368-4515.

Town hall meetings planned

November 3, 2009 A series of town hall meetings in each Justice of the Peace district will be held to discuss the needs of economic development throughout Independence County.The first will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Newark Elementary School cafeteria. Another one is scheduled for Friday at the Oil Trough City Hall, also at 6 p.m.According to Economic Development Director Ed Mabry this will give each district a chance to discuss what its needs are as far as economic development.

WR Medical Center receives second ‘Quality’ award

November 3, 2009 White River Medical Center has received the Arkansas Medicaid Inpatient Quality Incentive Award for the second consecutive year. “Receiving the IQI award shows continued success in our efforts to improve the quality of care and the health of the communities we serve,” said Gary Bebow, White River Health System CEO/administrator.The award for inpatient services provided from July 2008 through June 2009 is developed through a partnership between Arkansas Medicaid, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Hospital Association, a news release states.

‘1814 trapper’ visits Poke Bayou

November 3, 2009 Outdoor writer Jill Easton of rural Calico Rock regaled an audience at Old Independence Regional Museum Sunday afternoon with the history of trapping in the Ozarks and along White River in particular, as well as showing several types of traps, pelts and fur coats.She dispensed advice about trapping, how and where to set traps and how furbearers behave. Knowing the animal you are seeking and its habits are central to catching it, she said.

Town library floods again

November 3, 2009 WILLIFORD — As floodwaters were rising inside the Williford Library at daybreak Friday,  Marilyn Bischoff felt her dismay rising.And then there was her anger — that was rising, too.Despite the library’s flood-prone location, Bischoff contends that White River Regional Library system director Debra Sutterfield and some members of the Sharp County Library Board have “stonewalled” or downright thrown “roadblocks” in the way of moving the library to another location on higher ground. The Williford Library is part of the White River and Sharp County library systems.

Damage costs at $1.5 million

November 3, 2009 ASH FLAT — Last week’s rains caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages to Sharp County roads and bridges, County Judge Larry Brown said.Brown signed a disaster emergency proclamation in county court Monday.The city of Hardy has an estimated $60,000 in damages to streets, Loberg Park, ball fields and other locations, according to Mayor Nina Thornton and Police Chief Ernie Rose.

News of Other Days

November 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 13, 1996.