Politicians toss party primaries

December 23, 2009 Want to run for office? Be prepared to cough up some cash — at least if you’re running as a Democrat in Independence County.Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council took up a topic it’s kicked around in the past: political party primaries. The council approved a resolution officially revoking a request for holding primary elections by recognized political parties for the city of Batesville. There was no discussion, and the council voted 6-0 to approve the resolution.

Little Rock attic ladder plant expands

December 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock factory that produces folding attic ladders announced Monday it is doubling its work force so it can meet orders from Lowe’s Cos. home improvement stores and other new customers.Century Industries had 40 workers two months ago. The company has hired 36 new employees, with 14 positions still to be filled. An additional 50 jobs may open in the next year and a half.

Former legislator Bud Canada dies

December 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Former state Sen. Eugene “Bud” Canada, a strident advocate of eliminating the sales tax on groceries during his 26 years in the Legislature, died Monday in Hot Springs. He was 84.When Gov. Mike Beebe signed a cut in the tax into law in 2007, Canada was at the governor’s side.“It’s like winning the Cotton Bowl,” Canada said at the bill signing. “It’s a glorious thing because it affects so many people in this state.”

Domestic complaint leads to chase, multiple charges

December 22, 2009 A Thida man believed armed with a gun was arrested Wednesday evening following a domestic complaint that resulted in a police chase.Independence County Deputy Sgt. Mike Price said that around 6 p.m. he and Deputy Matt Thomas were at a residence on Departee Creek Road talking with Savanna Brady about her husband, Jonathan C. Brady, 27, getting drunk and coming to the residence harassing her.According to Price, family members had made Jonathan Brady leave the residence earlier. He had reportedly been driving a silver Pontiac Grand Prix.

News of other days

December 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 7, 1997. 

Party yields multiple alcohol arrests

December 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Horseshoe Bend woman was arrested on felony drug charges after the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Izard County Sheriff’s Department searched her home on Wednesday, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

Council has big agenda

December 22, 2009 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall to consider a resolution to increase garbage fees and to adopt the 2010 city budget. The agenda also includes • a public hearing concerning the issuance of bonds for the wastewater treatment plant improvements;• ordinances to authorize the issuance of a sales and use tax bond and the issuance of a water and sewer revenue bond for the Wastewater Treatment Plant improvements; • a resolution to revoke another resolution setting party primaries;

Dear Santa

December 22, 2009 Dear Santa Claus:I want a dinosaur. I have been a good boy. My name is Xander. I love you.Dear Santa Claus:My name is Braydin. I want a trycycle for Christmas. I have been a good boy. I love you.Dear Santa:I have been a really good boy this year, and I have been making good grades. Are the reindeer practicing real good? I can’t wait until you come on Christmas Eve. Ross is really into Star Wars now, so you might need to bring him something Star Wars.

Ozarka selects architect for expansion

December 22, 2009 Mountain View — Ozarka College officials have announced the selection of Polk, Stanley & Wilcox to provide architectural services for the new education, nursing and student center facility in Mountain View.The Ozarka Board of Trustees initially approved a resolution to provide for construction funds through institutional bond restructure on Sept. 17.  The new facility will house additional classrooms, office space for faculty and counselors, a designated nursing skills lab, a student center area and possibly a fitness center and a Small Business Development Center.