Authorities to launch river safety efforts

June 30, 2009 With higher gas prices keeping families closer to home, the sand bars along the White River near Batesville have become a favorite for more and more people looking for a place to beat the summer heat.Local officials say they are pleased that more families are using the resources of the river and spending their money closer to home, and they plan to work together to make safety a priority.

Bankers’ season ends unpleasantly

June 29, 2009 WEST MEMPHIS — The baseball season ended here this weekend for one Batesville American Legion team, and it wasn’t a pleasant ending.After sharing the Zone 2, 1A regular-season championship, top-seeded Citizens Bank was eliminated in three games of the zone tournament. The Bankers defeated Searcy B&B Oil 9-4 in the second round on Friday, then fell to Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams 15-13 on Saturday and were eliminated by Paragould RC Cola 14-2 in a run-ruled contest Sunday.

News of other days

June 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 11, 1996.

College Briefs

June 29, 2009 ASU-Beebe presents scholarshipsBEEBE­ — Several area high school students have received Leadership Scholarships to attend Arkansas State University-Beebe. Students may attend any ASU-Beebe campus, located at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base. Students receiving the Leadership Scholarship are Johnathan Atkins of Pangburn, Hannah Bonds of Clinton, Jamie Davis of Searcy, Kara Jacks of Lonoke, Anna-Grace Minner of Searcy, Nicholas Priest of Jacksonville, Seva Riley of Batesville and Ross Shelton of Lonoke.

Area Briefs

June 29, 2009 Local cheerleaders to march in Macy’s parade

Plant to add 75 jobs

June 29, 2009 RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — As many as 75 new jobs could be added next year at a ConAgra plant producing frozen meals, officials say.Bob Kula, ConAgra Foods Inc.’s communications director, said the company based at Omaha, Neb., plans to invest up to $92 million in its plant on U.S. 64 on Russellville’s east side.A news release from the company said the plant currently has a workforce of about 1,300 people.The new jobs will be almost all production-based, Kula said.

Nurse jailed for DWI

June 29, 2009  Dressed in her bed clothes and claiming she was on her way to Little Rock to help a friend, a Salem woman was arrested in Batesville on several traffic violations early Friday morning.Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said a Sharp County reserve deputy called police dispatch around 1 a.m. to report a possible drunk driver in a white Mercury Mountaineer swerving from white line to white line on Highway 167 north of Batesville.

Abuse victims benefit from couple’s support

June 29, 2009 BENTONVILLE (AP) — The Engles’ story began more than 20 years ago in Tulsa, Okla., when David worked as a sales manager and Beverly baked chocolate-chip cookies as a stay-at-home mom.That all changed when Beverly began to volunteer with local court systems, and with abused children and mothers, to help get them out of bad situations.“We were working with the court systems and with these precious children and thought, ‘Where do these people go to get well?”’ David Engles said.

Death ruled suicide

June 29, 2009  The death of Southside Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Holman Saturday morning has been ruled a suicide, according to Independence County authorities.A call came into Batesville 911 around 6:12 a.m. reporting a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 889 State St. in west Batesville. When police arrived they found Stacey Dawn Holman, an employee of Vital Link ambulance service, giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation to her husband, 31-year-old Chris Holman, who was lying on the front porch of the home and bleeding from a wound to his head.