Sheriff agrees to hold ADC inmates

January 12, 2010 MELBOURNE — Sheriff Tate Lawrence announced that he has entered into an agreement with the Arkansas Department of Correction to hold other county inmates who are awaiting bed space in Arkansas prisons. Lawrence said that five of such inmates were recently transferred from the Jackson County jail to Izard County. Lawrence said this arrangement will provide a substantial amount of additional income for Izard County without adversely affecting the operation and without having to hire additional staff.

Arnold jailed twice

January 12, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Highland man was arrested Jan. 4 on charges of domestic violence and violation of a protection order by the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.James Naldo Arnold, 41, was provided a bond hearing by Judge David Miller. One of the conditions of bond was that Arnold have no contact with the alleged victim.

Doc Taylor remembered

January 12, 2010 Chaney Taylor Jr. remembers on more than one occasion growing up when people brought his family home-grown fruits and vegetables.“It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that that’s how (some patients) were paying their bills,” he said. “He didn’t turn away anybody because they couldn’t pay. He just didn’t. ... He knew eventually they would.”Kind. Compassionate. Trusted. Not just a doctor, but a friend; however, if it was one thing Dr. Chaney W. Taylor never wanted it was the limelight.

Cherokee research focus of meeting

January 12, 2010  The Batesville Genealogical Society and the Independence County Historical Society will hold a joint meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Community Bank’s Rider Room. Gary Perkey, president of the genealogical society, will preside.Russell P. Baker will present a PowerPoint presentation on Cherokee genealogy, and a handout will be provided with books and other sources to conduct one’s own Cherokee research.

Bonus proposed for officials, employees

January 12, 2010 Money talks, especially when a person’s bonus is on the line.Monday night, the Independence County Quorum Court received a proposal for bonuses for all county employees — including themselves and all other county officials — from county Judge Bill Hicks.“County General is living at the top of its boundaries,” Hicks said, and while cost-of-living raises were not an option for 2010, bonuses were since the 2009 budget’s “closing balances came in at a great deal higher than they anticipated.”

News of other days

January 11, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 27, 1997. 

Jonesboro plant to get $22M to spur wind manufacturing

January 11, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — The White House says Nordex USA Inc. will get $22 million in tax credits to spur wind manufacturing at its facility under construction at Jonesboro.President Barack Obama announced the release of some $2.3 billion in clean-energy manufacturing tax credits through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The president said 183 projects in 43 states are to receive tax credits to help create “tens of thousands of high-quality, clean energy jobs.” Arkansas is slated to receive more than $30 million for wind manufacturing.

Soldiers honored for saving woman

January 11, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Arkansas National Guard soldiers have been awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the highest award for heroism not involving combat.Maj. Steven Hall and Chief Warrant Officer Ricky Bullinger received the medal for risking their lives to rescue a woman who was being electrocuted underneath a hotel dock on Lake Hamilton on Aug. 23, 2008.

ASU-Beebe recognizes students for academics

January 11, 2010 BEEBE­ — Two hundred sixteen students at Arkansas State University-Beebe have been cited for academic achievement, announced Dr. Ted Kalthoff, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. This includes students that attend ASU-Beebe campuses at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Izard retired teachers to meet

January 11, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Retired Teachers and School Employees Association will meet at Ozarka College at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 for a Dutch treat lunch. Bonnie Hayes from Legacy Hospice of North Arkansas will speak at noon and members are encouraged to bring items for Safe Passage, one of their community projects. The association meets the third Monday of odd months during the school year. It is open to all retired school personnel and teachers.