Charges filed

October 20, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 32-year-old Hardy man faces rape charges following an investigation into his activities with an 11-year-old girl.Travis Wayne Miller was charged with rape and is being held in the Sharp County jail, according to information posted on the sheriff’s Web site. Miller was arrested by Hardy police officers.The victim’s mother, during an interview with sheriff’s Sgt. Richy Thatcher, said her daughter had recently disclosed that Miller “had been touching her,” according to an affidavit filed with the charges.

Historians celebrate 50 years

October 20, 2009 “Historians are known for looking back — that’s what we do,” Independence County Historical Society President George Lankford told those gathered inside Morrow Hall Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the society. “But, as we go forward into the next half century, I want us to also look to the future and get our young people enthused about our rich heritage.”

Thieves take $20K in guns

October 20, 2009 When Mike Haley arrived home Monday afternoon, he found the front door he locked that morning standing wide open and the sliding glass door at the back of the house destroyed.Inside, a gun safe containing several guns, ammunition and jewelry was missing, along with a computer and a handgun that had been hidden under the mattress.The total cost was well above $20,000.

WRMC receives Governor’s Award

October 20, 2009 Gov. Mike Beebe presented the Governor’s Quality Award for Performance Excellence to Gary L. Bebow, White River Medical Center administrator/CEO, at a ceremony Monday in Little Rock. WRMC is the state’s third hospital and the second industry in Batesville to receive Arkansas’ highest quality recognition. In its 15th year, the program has honored 15 companies in four award levels of Performance Excellence (in descending order of qualifications): the Governor’s Quality Award, the Achievement Award, the Commitment Award, and the Challenge Award.

Johnson takes control as challengers slip

October 19, 2009 CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin was already at home when Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line for his third victory in five championship races.Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t have a great view of the victory celebration, he was four laps behind the action.And Mark Martin? Well, the one guy most people believed could keep pace with Johnson was mired back in traffic.

News of Other Days

October 19, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 30, 1996.73 YEARS AGOMiss Emma Wycough was gored by a heifer at her home on Water Street here this morning. She was attacked by the animal when she entered the lot to provide water. Miss Wycough received a deep gash on the thigh, and an attending physician said the injury may be quite serious.

County wants full-time coroner

October 19, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Officials in Washington County say they want a full-time coroner and more room for the coroner to work.Current Coroner Roger Morris works part-time for the county out of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home. County administrator Dan Short calls the situation “embarrassing.”County coroners are elected officials and an increase to full-time comes with an increase in salary. State law would allow Washington County to pay a full-time coroner up to $48,990.Short says an office for the coroner could be built at the county sheriff’s office.

Man at Moose taken to jail

October 19, 2009 A man who tried to leave the Moose club early Saturday morning with his 8-year-old son in the car was taken to the Independence County jail instead. According to a report filed with the sheriff’s office, Jorge Juan Valdez of 300 Allen Chapel Road had been in the club for two or three hours when he began to leave. Michael A. Light, a bouncer at the club who reported the incident, told Deputy Anthony Carter that when Valdez tried to leave in his vehicle, he backed into a Chevrolet Monte Carlo owned by Jeremy Brewer and a Ford Taurus owned by Jennifer Ward, both of Batesville.

Wanted man brandishes gun at Izard traffic stop

October 19, 2009 MELBOURNE — A man wanted by authorities was stopped in Izard County by several agencies, but he apparently wasn’t giving up easily.Senior Deputy Gabe Sanders made a traffic stop Oct. 12 with assistance from the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, and other Izard deputies on Arkansas Highway 177 in anticipation that a wanted felon would be in the vehicle, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

Hot Springs watches tourism revenue rise

October 19, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Spending by tourists in Hot Springs rose nearly 3 percent in 2008, even though the number of visitors to the resort city declined slightly.A study commissioned by the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau gauged the spending of people who visited from 50 or more miles away. Spending by locals who took advantage of area attractions instead of going on vacation was not part of the tally in the report by Economics Research Associates.