Bus tour to be in town

November 18, 2009 Hands Off My Health Care bus tour will arrive in Batesville at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Riverside Park.Featured speakers will be Jim Martin, Shawn Danko and Dr. Kathy Chenault, who will provide information and petitions to sign stating opposition to a government-run health care system for all citizens.The tour, which will also stop at Heber Springs, Mountain View and other Arkansas towns, is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity and Patients First.For more information visit www.JoinPatientsFirst.com.

Cemetery managers, landowner dispute property line

November 18, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — The managers of a small cemetery in the White County community of Gravel Hill west of Searcy are at odds with the owner of adjacent land.Landowner Carthel Hodges says a survey found the property line is about 30 feet east of a barbed wire fence that’s marked the line with Gray Cemetery for years. Work on a new fence has left tire tracks on some graves and apparently would run across others while separating about two dozen more graves from the rest of the cemetery.

Taser used on 10-year-old girl

November 18, 2009 OZARK (AP) — Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle says one of his officers used a Taser on a 10-year-old girl who was combative when the officer tried to get the girl into a patrol car to be taken to a youth shelter.Noggle said Tuesday that officer Dustin Bradshaw went to the girl’s home after her mother called police.According to a report filed by Bradshaw on Thursday, the officer found the girl on the floor of the house screaming and crying. She refused to follow her mother’s instructions and the mother told Bradshaw to use his Taser.

Drug recognition testing comes to area

November 18, 2009 When law officers or juvenile court authorities suspect someone is impaired, several field tests are available to determine if alcohol is involved. If a person fails those field tests, he or she can be taken into custody and transported to jail for more sophisticated tests.“With alcohol, you can do field tests, but if it’s drugs and the person is obviously impaired, it’s hard to make it (an arrest or charge) stick in court,” said Robert Hutchison, director of court liaison for Health Resources of Arkansas.

Police enforcing ‘Click It or Ticket’ beginning Monday

November 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state and local law enforcement officers are hopeful for a fatality free Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Once again the officers will participate in the Click It or Ticket enforcement initiative to remind drivers and motor vehicle passengers to buckle up whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or going across state to visit family.

Gym fate in hands of public

November 18, 2009 With more than $20,000 needed to repair the roof of the old Desha gymnasium and $10,000 to maintain its utilities, the Batesville School District is putting the building’s fate in the hands of the public. The Batesville School Board agreed Monday night to consider offers from any individuals or groups who would like to take over the financial responsibilities and upkeep of the gym.

Hogs’ Clarke wins award

November 17, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke was named Southeastern Conference player of the week after scoring 51 points in a win over Alcorn State.Clarke made an SEC-record 13 3-pointers in the Razorbacks’ 130-68 victory Friday night. His 51 points set a school record.Arkansas plays No. 20 Louisville on Tuesday night.

Walmart arrest leads to racism charges

November 17, 2009 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly three years after Heather Ellis switched checkout lines at a southeast Missouri store and touched off what she calls a racially charged dispute with white customers and authorities, the young black schoolteacher faces a trial that could send her to prison for 15 years.Witnesses have told authorities Ellis cut in front of waiting customers at the Walmart in Kennett on Jan. 6, 2007, shoved merchandise already placed on a conveyor belt out of the way, and became belligerent when confronted, according to court filings.

News of Other Days

November 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 3, 1996. 

AIDS patients to president: Send more money south

November 17, 2009 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Robin Webb lived in New York City, he was treated by HIV specialists and had access to counseling and nutritional programs. Now he lives in Mississippi, where few of those services exist.Mississippi is just one of several mostly rural states across the South with a dearth of resources for HIV and AIDS patients.“Here, there’s no support group, no case management. There’s no daily reinforcement,” said Webb, 52, who has been HIV-positive for two decades.