Death ruled natural

October 15, 2009 Police have ruled the death of a Batesville man found outside his home Wednesday afternoon as being from natural causes.Just before 2 p.m., Independence County Deputy Michael Thatch was dispatched to the home of 81-year-old John H. Newberry at 4776 N. St. Louis St. where his body had been found.Witnesses said they had been visiting nearby when they learned that Newberry hadn’t been seen in awhile and when they went to his home they found him lying outside the door of the travel trailer he lived in.

Missing man found dead at deer stand

October 15, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say a 71-year-old Mountain Home man who’d been missing since Saturday has been found dead in a deer stand in the woods near Lake Norfork.The body of Tedrick Proctor was located by Baxter County sheriff’s deputies at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Traffic accident leads to drug bust in Hardy

October 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — Investigation of a traffic accident in the Hardy area on Monday led to a drug bust, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.Weaver said during Deputy Brian Coble’s investigation, he was asked to do a welfare check of a cabin in the rural Sharp county area.“During the welfare check, Deputy Coble found the cabin in question had been broken into,” Weaver said. “While checking further he located two subjects in the cabin as well as components to a meth lab.”

Chamber CEO to speak

October 15, 2009 The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO, will be the guest speaker.The meal and meeting are open to members, guests and potential members.

4-lane to open near Newport

October 15, 2009 NEWPORT (AP) — Bit by bit, upgrading of U.S. 67-167 to interstate standards has pushed the high-speed four-lane farther and farther into northeast Arkansas.Gov. Mike Beebe and the state Highway Commission planned to be present when yet another stretch of four-lane is ceremonially opened in Newport today.The ribbon-cutting will take place at the intersection of U.S. 67 with Arkansas 18.The new stretch of interstate-grade four-lane will carry traffic about 18 miles from Newport to Arkansas 226 in Craighead County, west of Jonesboro.

Kiwanis briefed on Kabul, Afghanistan

October 15, 2009 In a country where a child may get burned with acid just for going to school, Khalid Ahmadzai finds hope in something as simple as a pane of glass.Ahmadzai was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Last week, he came with his wife, Batesville native Katie Shaver, to talk about his country, its politics and its future.History

Memorial part of tour

October 15, 2009 With lights flashing and sirens screaming, a line of a dozen or more fire trucks, led by the Batesville Fire Department, snaked their way down and around the curves of Ramsey Mountain Sunday afternoon.The procession, which stalled oncoming traffic, was an escort for an 18-wheeler and flat-bed trailer hauling giant bronze statues of four firefighters.Motorists followed the procession to the newly constructed Batesville Fire Station 3 at 590 White Drive where the oversized monument was hoisted by crane to a display area on the front lawn of the station.

News of Other Days

October 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 25, 1996.73 YEARS AGOA booster meeting for employees of the White River Division of the Missouri Pacific will be held tonight at 7 o’clock at the local passenger station, C.G. Jones, agent, announced this morning. C.F. Longstreth, special agent of the railroad executive department, will be principal speaker. Other railroad men who will speak are J.K. Hobbs, trainmaster; J.M. Kelley, assistant superintendent of the division; and G.H. Holmes, bridge and building superintendent.

Rains bring flooding to parts of Arkansas

October 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Heavy rains across south Arkansas forced closure of several highways and roads covered by high water Tuesday, officials said.Arkansas 7 was closed north of Camden where it was flooded by the nearby Ouachita River, said Carl Bachelor, district engineer at Camden for the state Highway and Transportation Department.U.S. 79 between Stephens in Ouachita County and McNeil in Columbia County also was closed temporarily, Bachelor said.

Fair’s Youth Day winners announced

October 14, 2009 MELBOURNE — Competition chairman James Mack Street has announced the North Central Arkansas District Fair Youth Day Contest winners.High point winners in various classes were: Seed identification — Dean Willis of Salem FFA, senior division; Dillian Thamly from Izard County FFA, junior division; plant identification — Payton Herron of Salem, senior; Thamly, junior; entomology — Jessie Romine, Salem FFA, senior; Davis Norton, Izard County FFA, junior; agricultural business management — Roy Massey, Salem FFA, senior; Laura Rogers, Salem FFA, juniorLivestock Judging