Rain may delay Ark. lotto

September 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The director of the Arkansas Lottery is concerned that all the rain the state has had could delay plans to begin selling scratch-off tickets by next week.The goal is to have 1,500 retailers ready to sell scratch-offs by Sept. 28, but Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said wet weather is slowing the process of installing satellite equipment at retailers.

Izard officers deal with domestic calls

September 21, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the Horseshoe Bend Police Department responded Wednesday to a domestic violence call just outside the city limits of Horseshoe Bend. Arrested at the scene was Benjamin J. Hinds, 27, of Peace Valley Road on charges to include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while intoxicated-drugs, endangering the welfare of a minor, third-degree domestic battering, and driving on a suspended license.

UACCB hires instructor, admin assistant

September 21, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced the hiring of two recent additions.Brenda Bishop was hired as faculty for the practical nursing program, and Katrina Farris was hired as an administrative assistant. Bishop is a graduate of both the PN and registered nursing programs at UACCB. Her clinical practice experience includes the obstetric /nursery department and quality management at White River Medical Center. She has additional experience in office nursing for Dr. E.J. Jones, as well as long-term care experience at Wood-lawn Nursing Home.

Naked man escorted to jail for public sexual indecency

September 21, 2009  A 34-year-old Batesville man, reportedly found nude behind a Southside business, with various items of women’s clothing and sex articles, is facing sex-related charges, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.The charges stemmed from an incident around 9:30 Saturday morning while Deputy Wayne Green was on patrol in the Southside area. Green said he was flagged down by Chris Pulley, who told him he had found the naked man behind Fireworks World, the Pulley’s family business on Newport Road.

Bikers event raises $100K

September 21, 2009 Local bikers roared out of Batesville early Saturday to join others on the annual Bikers for Babies run, helping raise more than $100,000 in Arkansas for the March of Dimes, which works toward finding cures for birth defects.“We raised $100,000 and are still counting money,” March of Dimes spokeswoman Sherry Lamb said this morning.“We were down a little bit on bikes, but not on money raised,” road captain Dennis Barnett of the local ABATE chapter said. Some potential participants probably stayed home due to the forecast for rain, he said.

Sharp jail full; domestic battery tops reports

September 21, 2009 ASH FLAT — “We had a busy weekend,” Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning, adding that the jail is full today even after some who were arrested had bonded out.“We had nothing really, really major. (But) I got a call Saturday night from the jail; they said the jail was full and they had six standing in the hall. I asked what they were charged with. I had to start figuring out a way to get some of them out of there.”The jail holds 42, including eight spaces for women.

Fall color updates available on www.Arkansas.com

September 18, 2009 School is back in session, weekends are marked by the sounds of football games and the weather is turning cooler. That means one thing in Arkansas: It’s fall color season A team of spotters begin reporting on Sept. 24. The up-to-date foliage changes are added to www.Arkansas.com late Thursday afternoons until the season ends. The reports are also available by calling (501) 682-7777 or 1-800-NATURAL.

News of Other Days

September 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 1, 1996.73 YEARS AGOPreliminary work toward obtaining a landing wharf for boats on the White River here are beginning to take shape today, as the announcement was made that a strip of land adjoining the government landing below the free bridge has been promised and that use of the government dredge boat, anchored here, is being formulated.Allie Crouch and Miss Evalee Gray have been doing considerable work on the project.

Southside to eye old school buildings

September 18, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — With its new elementary now open, Southside School District will now consider the future of some of its old elementary buildings. On Monday the board agreed to hold a special business meeting at noon Sept. 25 in Superintendent Roger Rich’s office to approve the school’s 2009-10 budget. Rich and the board will then tour and discuss what elementary buildings the district should keep and how they can be used. The meeting will be open to the public.

Man wanted on burglary/theft charges turns self in

September 18, 2009 Wanted on charges of residential burglary and theft of property, both felony charges, a 41-year-old Batesville man turned himself in to authorities Monday night.The charges against John Delgratta stemmed from an Aug. 26 visit to his home by his parole/probation officer Becky Clark after she reportedly got word that Delgratta was in possession of items that had been stolen six days earlier from the Melissa Fike residence on Red Thomas Road.