Sentencing for Tony Alamo reset

October 7, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for evangelist Tony Alamo, who was convicted on charges of taking young girls across state lines for sex.U.S. District Court Judge Harry F. Barnes reset Alamo’s sentencing for 9 a.m. Nov. 13. In a one-page order issued Tuesday, Barnes said an unexpected change in the trial docket required him to delay the hearing.A jury convicted Alamo on a 10-count indictment in July. Alamo faces a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison.

Reverse mortgages need stricter rules

October 7, 2009 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill cited a report Tuesday suggesting reverse mortgages can be risky for seniors as evidence that greater federal regulations are needed for the growing industry.Reverse mortgages allow people age 62 and older to convert their home equity into cash. The loans typically come due when the borrower dies, sells the home or has not lived in it for a year.

Future of garden grows

October 7, 2009 It’s not even here yet, but the White River Community Garden in Batesville is already growing.While groundwork continues on the future garden that will be home to vegetable and flower beds, this hasn’t stopped some residents from expressing their interests in wanting to be part of the budding project, which isn’t expected to be completed until next year, according to community garden club president Sharon Clark.“Three (beds) have been spoken for,” she said with a laugh.

Trip to sorghum field planned

October 7, 2009 Harvest time is here, and the Harmon family of Bethesda will be making sorghum again. “As the years go by, fewer farmers are making sorghum,” said Twyla Wright, curator at Old Independence Regional Museum, “So we are inviting the public to join us on a field trip to watch the process at the Harmon farm at 315 O’Neal Road on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to bring a sack lunch and maybe a folding chair.”The group will gather in the museum parking lot and caravan together, or directions can given.

Solid waste topic of JPs

October 7, 2009 Independence County’s solid waste program was brought under close scrutiny Monday night by several new quorum court members serving on the court’s budget committee.County Judge Bill Hicks told the committee, “This program is not working. You don’t have enough money to run the system.”

News of Other Days

October 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 17, 1996.73 YEARS AGOBatesville’s athletic heroes, Tom Murphy and Paul Fiser, will show again for Batesville fans Friday when Catholic High School of Little Rock, coached by Murphy, comes to town for a game with the Pioneers, coached by Fiser, at fairgrounds field.Officials of the state Welfare Department have announced that Independence County is allotted 186 enrollees for the Civilian Conservation Corps. The number includes 43 Negroes.

Shoppers finding Hidden Treasures

October 6, 2009 Downtown Batesville shoppers are finding a bounty of collectable items like antique cameras, furniture, glass items, dishes and more at Hidden Treasures, located at 377 E. Main St.The new antique mall, next to the Earth Station and across from the Independence County Library, is run by partners Gail Harley and Steve King, who both have many years experience in dealing with antiques and collectables.“We have lots of old dishes, all types of glassware and silver pieces,” King said. “We also rent space to vendors at some really reasonable prices.”

AG heads to Taiwan

October 6, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is heading to Taiwan for a week-long trip.McDaniel’s office said he’s leaving Tuesday on the trip with eight other state attorneys general to meet with scholars, politicians and other high-level officials. McDaniel’s office said the trip is being organized by the National Association of Attorneys General.The trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and associated expenses are being covered by the government of Taiwan, McDaniel’s office said.

Turkey Trot planned

October 6, 2009 YELLVILLE — Featuring the oldest Wild Turkey Calling Contest in the nation, the 64th annual Turkey Trot will be Friday and Saturday on the Yellville town square. Other activities will include a parade, quilt show, 5K run, lip sync contest, pizza gobble, art show and turkey dinner. Live music, food and craft booths and a rodeo will round out the festivities. Also part of the annual event will be the Miss Turkey Trot and Miss Drumsticks beauty pageants. Visit or call (870) 449-4676 for details.