Much of Arkansas under flash-flood warning

October 9, 2009 A flash-flood warning is in place throughout much of Arkansas as storms continue to dump rain on the state.The National Weather Service issued the warning today for all of northern and northwest Arkansas, continuing south to Pulaski County in central Arkansas and Miller County in the southwest part of the state.Forecasters say a line of showers and isolated thunderstorms will move southeast, reaching parts of south central and southeast Arkansas. Widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms are expected to cover all of northern and western Arkansas.

Hardy, county officials watching river, bridges

October 9, 2009 HARDY — High water in Spring River at Hardy seemed to be receding slightly at about 10 this morning, although rain was still falling and flooding largely depends on how much rain continues to fall between Hardy and Mammoth Spring as well as in southeast Missouri, Sharp County Office of Emergency Management Director Gene Moore said.“It’s not out of the banks yet,” he said.

Mining consultants meet with residents

October 9, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Around 135 residents turned out Monday evening for a meeting about a proposed quarry six miles east of Calico Rock, according to a news release.Consultants for Evergreen Processing (EP) outlined the company’s plans to mine frac sand, a high-grade silica used in natural gas drilling. The proposed quarry will be located on 242 acres off Highway 56.

Festival planned

October 9, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A hint of autumn in the air means outhouse racers are being constructed and bean and cornbread recipes perfected for the Bean Fest and Outhouse Races to be held Oct. 29-31 in Mountain View, according to a news release.Now in its 27th year, the festival draws thousands to the small Ozarks town for music, pinto beans and cornbread, and the spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams.

Cases solved

October 9, 2009 ASH FLAT — A rash of burglaries in Sharp County has been solved with the help of a video surveillance system installed by a business owner, Sheriff Dale Weaver said. It started with Ash Flat police responding to several burglary reports at Remington Plaza in Ash Flat. Following  reports from several Plaza business owners over the past few days, officials received a report Tuesday from Meacham’s Restaurant about an overnight burglary

Brothers honored

October 9, 2009 Tammy Thomas had no idea how many lives her two sons had touched.When friends and neighbors learned the boys had died in an early morning fire and that she had been hospitalized, they began collecting money so that 7-year-old Jason Doran and 20-year-old Kristopher Thomas could be laid to rest.As Tammy entered the funeral home Thursday, tears flowed for the woman who lost her sons in the Sept. 29 fire at Magness.

News of Other Days

October 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 21, 1996.73 YEARS AGOInclement weather this week has delayed preliminary work on the fairgrounds here in preparation for the annual fair Oct. 12 through 17, but officials of the Independence County Fair Association state that agricultural exhibits and the Pan-American carnival will be set up Monday and the fair will be in full swing Tuesday.

Ark. colleges, universities trying to balance lottery, gambling ban

October 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ colleges and universities are looking forward to the millions of dollars in scholarships the state’s new lottery will bring, but on some campuses playing the game could land students in hot water.Schools around the state that have banned gambling on campus are reviewing whether such restrictions would prevent students from scratching off an instant ticket. At least one Christian school that prohibits students from gambling on or off campus has decided to make a sole exception for the lottery.

Woman recants rape allegation

October 8, 2009 OZARK (AP) — An Arkansas State Police investigator says a woman who accused three Ozark men and a teenager of raping her has recanted the allegation.Authorities arrested 23-year-old Bobby Wilson, 20-year-old Morgan Applegate, 26-year-old Ashley Wheeler and the teenager after the woman accused them of raping her with a foreign object.State Police Lt. Steve Coppinger says the four were released Monday after the woman changed her story.

DOC to recommend parole in suit

October 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction will recommend parole for an inmate convicted of sexual assault despite his failure to complete a program for sex offenders.The parole recommendation for Michael Butler is part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed after he was beaten by several guards.