Blue Ribbon Committee to hold first meeting

May 12, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — With the appointment process complete, the newly created “Arkansas Blue Ribbon Committee on Highway Finance” has scheduled its first meeting for 1:30 p.m. May 21 in Room 149 of the State Capitol in Little Rock. 

Arrest made in Newark burglaries

May 12, 2009 A teenager is in juvenile custody on charges that he burglarized two Newark businesses Tuesday night.Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers said a 14-year-old boy is accused of burglarizing the Newark Pharmacy and The Treasure Shop antique/collectables store May 5. Employees at the businesses discovered the burglaries when they came to work the next morning.

84 graduate from Lyon

May 12, 2009 As 84 Lyon College seniors walked across the stage Saturday morning to receive their bachelor degrees, college president Walter Roettger realized in a way, he is graduating with them. He was there four years ago when they first arrived on campus, and now he too is leaving with them as they enter the world outside of Lyon.Roettger, who will retire June 30 after 11 years of service to the college, was the speaker at the college’s 137th commencement. Eighty-four graduates received bachelor of art and bachelor of science degrees during the ceremony.

Sharp tax figures up

May 12, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County justices got some good news Monday, learning that sales tax revenue received in April was up slightly, County Judge Larry Brown said.“This figure was for receipts in February,” he said. “Receipts for January (received in March) were down slightly.”Seeing the sales tax revenue bounce back up gave county officials a better feeling, since that put the revenue projections back on track for the year, for now.The county received $66,191 in April, up $1,582 from the same month in 2008.

Bube awarded prize

May 12, 2009 Dr. Paul Custodio Bube, W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion, has been awarded the 2009-10 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College to the faculty member deemed to be the most outstanding in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplary humane and Christian values and contributions to the community. Bube joined the Lyon faculty in 2001 after serving as professor of religion and philosophy and chair of the department at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Charity ride to stop in Batesville

May 12, 2009 The Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is scheduled to stop in Batesville on Thursday, and the 15th annual event will bring more than its namesake to town.According to a news release, Petty will be joined by Harry Gant, another NASCAR great, former college and NFL football star Herschel Walker, and PGA golf star Davis Love III in the line of motorcycle riders traveling 3,500 miles in an effort to raise money for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

Search resumes

May 12, 2009 Search operations are continuing along the White River near Batesville today in the search for 30-year-old Aaron R. Marks, who is believed to have drowned in a boating accident Saturday evening.Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer Ryan Nast said this morning that he and other volunteers will be using boats to check the river periodically throughout the day.

News of other days

May 11, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 22, 1996. 

Sharp Co. fines may increase

May 11, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to consider increasing fines to raise money to help defray the expense of holding jail inmates, according to an agenda for the regular meeting.Such an increase, which would be $25 per fine, was approved by the state Legislature recently. The current fee per fine for that purpose is $5.A Sharp County Regional Airport Authority board member will also be appointed and a 2007 audit report will be discussed.Elected officials’ monthly reports will be reviewed.

Son jailed after allegedly hitting mother

May 11, 2009 MELBOURNE — Mother’s Day weekend didn’t turn out too well for an Izard County mother and son.Deputies responded Saturday afternoon to a residence on state Highway 5 north of Calico Rock to the scene of a domestic violence compliant, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Charley Roy Parker, 35, of Calico Rock was arrested for domestic violence.