Area Briefs

May 26, 2009 Council to discuss rates, hear from Census Bureau

Speeder arrested on drug, weapons charges

May 26, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested Thursday morning on drug and weapons charges after Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer tried to stop her for speeding.Brewer said he was performing traffic control on Broad Street around 8:20 a.m. when a white Oldsmobile turned off Neil Street and passed him at 45 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.Brewer said by the time he could turn on his blue lights and pull out to stop the car, it went out of sight as it topped a hill on Broad Street and he wasn’t able to locate it right away.

Rajun Cajun fundraiser set for Saturday

May 26, 2009 CONCORD — The Junior Auxiliary of Independence County’s sixth annual Rajun Cajun fundraiser will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord.Events will include karaoke and a disc jockey as well as Cajun food prepared by Charlie VanBenschoten from Louisiana. All proceeds will go to help the children of the community, a news release states.

Smith, Releford to perform at June 13 boxing event

May 26, 2009 On June 13 former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith will challenge Bad Boy Mowers fighter Kendrick Releford to a boxing event in Batesville.Brandon Foster, one of the event’s organizers, said Releford is preparing to “put an end to ex-MMA start Pat Smith’s boxing days.”Smith, who has fought the likes of Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie, and has recently defeated Butterbean will take an eight round-boxing match against Releford.

Searchers find body

May 26, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy swept away by flash floodwaters early Monday morning, one of three deaths blamed on rains this weekend, authorities said.Meanwhile, forecasters with the National Weather Service at North Little Rock said May has been one of the wettest on record and the possibility remains that the state could get even more rain.

Stone County breaks ground for hospital

May 26, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center held the groundbreaking Wednesday for the construction of the hospital in Mountain View. The new facility will replace the portion of the hospital destroyed by the February 2008 tornado.Pedro Garza, regional director for the U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development, was the keynote speaker. Garza pointed out the importance of health care to communities and discussed the EDA’s mission of community and economic development.

News of other days

May 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 5, 1996. 

College Briefs

May 22, 2009 Kiwanis awards threeThe Batesville Kiwanis Club has presented Natasha Matthews, Summer George and Ashley Grantz with $1,000 each in Key Club scholarships. Matthews, a 2009 Southside High School graduate, received the Kimberly Moore Memorial Key Club Scholarship.George, a Batesville High School graduate, earned the C. Kellar Crosby Memorial Key Club Scholarship.Grantz, a Midland High School graduate, took the Midland Key Club Scholarship.The young ladies were recognized at the Kiwanis Club meeting on May 15.