Batesville hopes to get $1M grant

June 23, 2009 Sometimes it really does pay to go green.The city of Batesville could be in line for a $1 million grant, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the Guard this morning.Elumbaugh and Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson attended a public hearing Monday at Little Rock in which several cities were there to plead their cases.The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has prepared the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, into which the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will dole out monies for green projects.

News of other days

June 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 3, 1996.

Audubon society lists winners

June 22, 2009 FAIRFIELD BAY — The winners of the Little Red River Audubon Society’s essay contest have been announced. They are Casey Deckard of Southside Elementary School, first place, Jake Nicholson of West Elementary School, second place, and Cheyenne Henley of Southside Elementary School, third.

Arrest made at scene of head-on crash

June 22, 2009  A man who reportedly lost control of his car and struck another vehicle while rounding a curve on East Main Street near Highland Street Friday night has been charged with driving while intoxicated.Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said he responded to the scene of the accident at the intersection of Highland Street around 8:15 p.m.Carter said that while getting information from one of the drivers, identified as Aaron Fulcher, 24, of 145 Country Lane, he saw indications that Fulcher might be drunk.

Arrests reported

June 22, 2009  Two people were arrested shortly around midnight Wednesday when the driver was stopped for not having any tail lights on his car.Deputy Ernie Gillihan said he was behind a 1994 Buick on East Boswell Street in Batesville when he noticed the faulty lights and stopped the driver, identified as Tyler Forrest.Gillihan said a statewide computer check of the car’s three occupants revealed that one of the passengers, Teejay Smart, was wanted in Newport and he was placed under arrest.

Area Briefs

June 22, 2009 Cedar Grove to have VBSCAVE CITY — Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church will have its vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8 tonight through Friday with the closing program at 5 p.m. Sunday.The church is located at 3535 Sunset Ridge Road in Cave City.The church bus will run down Antioch Road and Sunset Ridge Road each night.For more information call (870) 698-1212. State Youth Choir to perform

Heat advisory issued

June 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for eastern and west-central Arkansas.The weather service says high temperatures today will reach the 90s statewide under sunny skies followed by overnight lows in the low to mid 70s.Skies are to remain clear through the remainder of the week with highs expected in the 90s through Friday.

Wild hogs: Loose pigs shut down interstate

June 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Woo pig uh oh.Arkansas State Police say an overturned tractor trailer on Interstate 430 has closed a stretch of the highway connecting Little Rock to North Little Rock.State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says the crash happened at 3:30 this morning. At 11 this morning Sadler said troopers and others were still trying to catch the hogs and a detour was in effect for commuters heading both north and south.

Desha death ruled suicide

June 22, 2009 The weekend death of a 34-year-old Desha man has been ruled a suicide, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was dispatched to the home of Rodney Melton at 60 Dishongh St., just before 9 Friday night where Melton’s father, Dean Melton, reported finding his son’s body hanging in a bathroom of the home.According to Stephens, Dean Melton and Jerry Sandefur had gone to the home to check  on Rodney Melton and weren’t able to get in.