Election panel to meet

January 8, 2010 The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the county courthouse to discuss the upcoming Floral Fire Protection District special election.Other business includes electing a chairman for 2010, the upcoming Arkansas County Election Commissions Association Winter Conference, meeting with the state election coordinator to assist with physical inventory of Independence County’s voting system equipment, and an accounting report to the county.

Reports top water board agenda

January 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to hear a 2009 Year in Review Report, Manager John Richardson said.Other reports to be reviewed include December water and wastewater financial reports, a December system totals report, a board election report, a legal report, a 2009 Fourth Quarter Water Treatment Plant Performance Report and the manager’s monthly report.A review of current water and wastewater bills completes the agenda.

Former sheriff seeks Jackson County seat

January 8, 2010 NEWPORT — Jim Bishop has announced his intention to seek the office of Jackson County Sheriff.“After many thoughts, prayers and visits from the citizens of Jackson County I, Jim Bishop, have decided to seek the office of Jackson County Sheriff. I served as your sheriff form 1994 until 2005. As your sheriff I worked hard to make this county a better and safe place to raise our families. I would like to continue this work. My door will always be open to the people of this county.

Cherokee Village woman admits giving morphine to 5-week-old

January 8, 2010 HARRISBURG  — A Cherokee Village woman has been sentenced in Poinsett County to five years in prison after admitting giving liquid morphine to her 5-week-old baby in May, leading to hospitalization of the infant, according to an Associated Press report this morning.Twenty-three-year-old Crystal Williams of Cherokee Village pleaded guilty to introducing a controlled substance into another person’s body and possession of a controlled substance. She admitted to Poinsett County Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer that she gave the baby boy morphine because he was crying.

Rush seeks judge title

January 8, 2010 SIDNEY — Karla Rush has announced plans to become a candidate for Izard County judge in 2010. Currently serving as justice of the peace for District 7 (Democrat) in Izard County, Rush will seek the judge’s office which is being vacated by retiring Judge Rayburn Finley.Rush has been a resident of Izard County since 1998 and presently lives in the Sidney/Mount Pleasant area. Rush is the director for college advancement at Ozarka College in Melbourne.

JPs buy building

January 8, 2010 MELBOURNE — It took one more vote to get the $240,000 check cut.They got it.Tuesday night the Izard County Quorum Court once again voted to purchase the now-empty building that once housed a drug store for $240,000.The deciding vote was cast by Neil Olan, who had been very vocal at the December special meeting. Still voting against were Justices Justin Sanders, James Simmons and Wayne Borne with Glendon Everett, Karla Rush, Ken Bachman, Eric Smith and James Elbert in favor.

Residents evacuated

January 8, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — Mary Louise Pittman was looking forward to going home, getting into her pajamas and watching the Alabama-Texas game on television.Instead, she got a 30-plus mile drive out of her way and an overnight stay at a local motel.Pittman was one of the residents of Denison Heights evacuated after a propane tanker truck overturned less than a mile away on Ramsey Mountain Thursday afternoon.

Alert system put to test by Batesville schools

January 8, 2010 When an 18-wheeler carrying propane overturned on top of Ramsey Mountain Thursday afternoon and forced evacuations in a 1-mile radius and the re-routing of traffic through Newark, Batesville School District was prepared.It was an emergency situation that could have turned chaotic for the district with floods of calls coming in from concerned parents and guardians worried about their children making it home from school, but it wasn’t thanks to Alert Now, Superintendent Ted Hall said this morning.

Rollover closes road

January 8, 2010 Everyone within a 1-mile range of the top of Ramsey Mountain near Batesville was evacuated late Thursday afternoon when an 18-wheeler propane truck overturned and sprung a leak.Simon Thombeni, 37, of Batesville was driving a 2001 Peterbilt tractor pulling a tanker loaded with 9,600 gallons of propane up the mountain on Highway 167 around 3:20 p.m. when his rig turned over, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Ronnie Qualls.

News of other days

January 7, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 23, 1997.