City marks 2009 with tax, fire station, controversy

January 4, 2010 In 2009, the city of Batesville not only managed to pass a tax but did so with an overwhelming majority.Supporters came out in full force in the March 10 special election for a 1-cent citywide sales tax, earmarked for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant and collection system. The tax is paying for the principal and interest on a loan from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

News of other days

January 1, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 16, 1997.

News of other days

January 1, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 16, 1997.

Guard prepares to deploy

January 1, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — About 200 Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers are preparing to leave for a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan.The Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion’s 1037th Route Clearance Company will leave Jonesboro on Saturday morning. The soldiers first will travel to Fort McCoy, Wis., for about 20 days of training.After that, they’ll fly to Afghanistan for what officials say will be a road-clearing mission. Capt. Brian Mason says the deployment is scheduled to be for 12 months but the soldiers’ return date is subject to change.

Self defense claimed in bar fight: One man taken to jail, other to hospital

January 1, 2010 A Batesville man, on probation for possession of crack cocaine, has told police that he acted in self defense when he hit a another man in the head with a beer bottle at the Loyal Order of the Moose around 4 a.m. Sunday.Lloyd A. Speed, 30, is accused of hitting Cameron Wood, 34, of Cord, following a verbal confrontation, according to a court affidavit filed by Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

Developer named in lawsuit over runoff

January 1, 2010 YELLVILLE(AP) — State authorities say a Marion County developer is polluting the White River with runoff from construction work on a 20-acre subdivision on a steep hillside just downstream from Bull Shoals Dam on the White River.The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has filed a suit in Marion County Circuit Court seeking $250,000 in damages from Jerry K. Ott. The lawsuit says runoff from a subdivision that Ott is developing, The Bluffs at Rivercliff, drains into an unnamed tributary that empties into the White River.

Judge: Greene County roads still flooded

January 1, 2010 PARAGOULD (AP) — Greene County officials say many of the county’s roads remain underwater after last week’s heavy rain and that the water isn’t expected to recede soon.County Judge Jesse Dollars says he hasn’t seen flooding so bad during his five years in the area. He says the water probably will be around for at least another week.Dollars has already made a disaster declaration in hopes that the county could receive state or federal assistance to help repair infrastructure damage caused by the flooding.

Dress design contest pitched

January 1, 2010 JONESBORO — The Project Red Dress competition is back, according to a news release.“It’s Raining Red” will be the theme of the Cardiology Associates Foundation 2010 Red Dress Fashion Event plan, throughout the month of February, and one of the plan highlights will be the second “Project Red Dress” design competition.

ADEM recommends steps to take after flooding

January 1, 2010 North Little Rock — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is advising citizens whose residences may have sustained damages as a result of the pre-Christmas flooding to consider the following suggestions from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):