Woman dies in house fire

July 20, 2009 Scorched and burned debris litters the yard of the small tin-roofed home where 80-year-old Earlene Burris died in a house fire early this morning.According to police dispatch records, the Sulphur Rock Fire Department was dispatched to Burris’ home off Lonoke Lane around 3 a.m. and found her house fully engulfed in flames.

News of other days

July 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 30, 1996.

Cool off with sizzling panfish action in small streams

July 17, 2009 Small-stream fishing is enjoyable, productive, usually uncrowded, and a good way to beat the summer heat. It’s not really a big-fish enterprise, but what they lack in size, they make up for in diversity and spunk. Downsize your tackle and you’ll find it’s a very sporting brand of fishing.

BHS shooter qualifies for Junior Olympics event

July 17, 2009 A Batesville Pioneer qualified on June 28 at Remington Gun Club near Lonoke to compete in the National Junior Olympic Tournament trap competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.Chuck Woodson, Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said the Pioneers’ Hunter Gallant was among the top three scorers, qualifying him for the July 24-26 National Junior Olympic Tournament as well as an all expenses paid attendance at the Junior Olympic Development Shotgun Training Camp set for Aug. 20-23.

Stolen items recovered; police develop suspect

July 17, 2009  Authorities say they have recovered nearly 90 percent of the items reported stolen from a Newark business Tuesday night, and they have a suspect in the case.The Foot Hills Artist Theater, at 450 College St. in Newark, was burglarized after someone cut the lock off a chain link fence and then entered the business through an unlocked door, according to a statement from Rick Weaver, who runs the business.“The suspect put items in a cooler that was in the building, then put items in other containers to be carried out,” Deputy Jeremy Qualls said.

Clinton Center to offer rare look at moon rock

July 17, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Clinton Presidential Center’s newest artifact comes to Little Rock all the way from the surface of the moon. On loan from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the moon rock will be displayed from July 18-29.

Family and Friends Briefs

July 17, 2009 Toney Brothers to performDESHA — The Toney Brothers of Gallatin, Tenn., will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Desha.The group celebrated their 50th anniversary of singing gospel music in 2005. They appear in over 250 concerts a year, spanning all across the United States and Canada.

Alleged burglar falls through ceiling

July 17, 2009 Skid marks in the mud, muddy footprints inside and building material stacked behind a building were among the evidence discovered at the scene of a burglary early Wednesday morning.Deputy Ernie Gillihan with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was dispatched to Game Central at 3240 E. Harrison St. around 2:30 a.m. regarding a burglar alarm.Gillihan said he was met by store owner Justin M. Smith, who said he responded to a call from his alarm company also and found the front door had been broken out.

Concord accepts $60,560 bid on stimulus job

July 17, 2009 CONCORD — School directors at Concord accepted a bid of $60,560 for a campus-wide electrical and computer wiring improvement project, Superintendent Mike Davidson said.The work, to be paid for by federal stimulus funds, is expected to begin as soon as the state Department of Education’s facilities division approved the project.Some cracking stonework has already been pulled off one building as another stimulus funds project is under way, he said. New concrete footing will be poured at that site, and the stone is to be replaced with bricks.

Stone County Medical Center adds patient rooms

July 17, 2009 Mountain View — Stone County Medical Center is in the process of adding eight modular patient rooms to increase inpatient capacity of the hospital to the pre-tornado level during an ongoing construction period, according to a news release.The modular section is specifically designed for health care and will connect directly into the current patient care wing.Seven rooms will be semi-private and one will be private and will be ready for patients mid to late August.