Suspect jailed in shooting

September 8, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police have arrested a suspect who allegedly fired shots at a home where a birthday party for a 3-year-old girl was taking place. Two adults were wounded.Authorities charged Angel Savala with attempted first-degree murder after the Saturday incident. Police say the two people who were shot were treated and released from a hospital.Jonesboro police say two people at the party had been in an earlier dispute with two people in a vehicle, from which the shots were fired. Police say witnesses named both suspects for police.

Saline Co. bids for state fair

September 8, 2009 BENTON (AP) — Organizers in Saline County are preparing a proposal to become hosts of the Arkansas State Fair.The fair has asked for groups to submit proposals for a new fairgrounds complex. The fair is looking for 350 acres, and for the land to be within 35 miles of its current home south of downtown Little Rock.The Saline County Economic Development Corporation is to suggest three possible locations to the Arkansas Livestock Show Association, which puts on the fair each year. The largest of the sites is the existing Saline County Fairgrounds in Benton.

Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour planned for Sept. 18-20

September 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The eighth annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour will take place Sept. 18-20, according to a news release.This free self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios in Mountain View, Calico Rock, Pineville and Fox includes the diverse and exciting work of more than 30 local artists in the setting where their art is created, the release states.

Grandparents as Parents informational meeting set

September 8, 2009 The Batesville Early Learning & Enrichment Center will host a Grandparents as Parents informational meeting at noon Thursday in the resource room. The meeting is open to all those interested. Lunch will be served. For more information call (870) 793-0627.

Internet chat leads to sexual charges

September 8, 2009 A California man is in the Independence County jail after his Internet connection with a 14-year-old Independence County girl led to his arrest on sexual indecency with a minor, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.Mundy said in a court affidavit that 18-year-old William R. Silliman was arrested after the girl’s father allegedly caught him having sex with his daughter and called police.

Some students to hear Obama

September 8, 2009 While some of the nation’s schools vowed not to show President Barack Obama’s school address this morning, Batesville Schools, Southside Schools and Cave City High School were not among them. While Batesville sent notes home to parents, who could either agree to let their children watch or not watch the address, this is not something the district sees as a “political concern,” Superintendent Ted Hall told the Guard this morning.“To get a good education and to better yourself,” that’s the important message, Hall added.

Graduate aims for right path

September 8, 2009 Another woman has graduated from Luke 4:18 Lives, while two more are getting ready to do the same, director Kristal Reeves said.Located at 140 Swaim Hill Road south of Batesville, Luke 4:18 is a ministry for women with drug and alcohol addictions. For more information, call (870) 251-3777 or visit Tate will graduate Saturday, while Manessah McCullough will graduate on Oct. 3. They will join recent Luke 4:18 graduate Alexia Conrey.The following was taken from Conrey’s testimony:

Land dispute leaves 1 dead

September 7, 2009 SALEM — A Viola man who had just picked up his 2-year-old son from the baby sitter’s was shot to death in the cab of his truck at close range before reaching home, with the child still strapped into a safety seat.Joseph L. Clifton, 33, had been working with other men to repair a Bush Hog at his father-in-law’s shop near Viola before going to the baby sitter’s house, Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said.

News of Other Days

September 7, 2009 73 YEARS AGOMiss Allie Beth Dent, librarian in the Batesville public library for the past two years, has accepted a position as librarian at Little Rock Junior College. She will leave Sunday to assume her new position. She is a graduate of Arkansas College.Miss Dent will be succeeded by her sister, Miss Mary Lester Dent.F.L. Green has been named temporary special deputy marshal, Mayor J. Fred Maxfield said today.

Two survive plane crash in far eastern Oklahoma

September 7, 2009 SHORT, Okla. (AP) — Two people from Arkansas have survived a plane crash just west of the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 74-year-old Lawrence D. Harrod of Natural Dam, Ark., was piloting the two-seat plane and that Dustin C. Lane of Natural Dam was a passenger when the plane went down just after 6:35 p.m. Sunday.The OHP says Harrod suffered minor injuries and Lane wasn’t hurt.