Area Briefs

May 13, 2009 Sleepy driver gets ticketA Batesville man was ticketed for no driver’s license after he fell asleep and wrecked his truck early Monday morning, according to local authorities.Julio A. Berdeja-Salus told Deputy Dee McFatter that he was on his way home around 6:20 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1996 Chevrolet truck.

Local dog finalist in valor awards

May 13, 2009 WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that both a Batesville dog and a Clarkridge dog have been named top 15 Finalists in the Second Annual Dogs of Valor Awards, sponsored by PetPlan Pet Insurance.In March 2008, Tripod, a rescued rat terrier, awakened her elderly and disabled owners, John and Mary Smith, as fire spread through their Batesville home, igniting the covers on their bed.

House burns, fire truck overturns

May 13, 2009 MELBOURNE — Saturday morning around 8:30 when the call came of a house fire on Newburg Road, the Melbourne Fire Department responded.This time, the department had a small emergency of its own when the rain-soaked ground caused one of three fire trucks to overturn about a mile from where the house was engulfed in flames.Fire Chief Rusty Campbell said Sam Holt was driving the 1989 Pierce ladder truck when he met a vehicle on the narrow road and pulled to the side.

Officers seek public’s help in homicides

May 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Police has released a photograph of the black Ford Expedition found Saturday morning next to the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 between Burns Park and Crystal Hill Road. Inside the sports utility vehicle state troopers found the bodies of Tammy Lawrence, 48, of 5918 North Hills Blvd., and Ahki Hughes, 24, of 1802 Arrowhead, North Little Rock. Both individuals had been shot.

Divers, dogs aid in search

May 13, 2009 Searchers were back on the White River near Batesville early this morning as they continued their efforts to find 30-year-old Aaron R. Marks, who is believed to have drowned in a boating accident Saturday afternoon.As he prepared to launch a boat early this morning, Wildlife Officer Ryan Nast of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said that a small airplane was used Tuesday afternoon to check the river, its banks and areas immediately around the river, but was unable to find any sign of Marks.

Potts resigns ‘to get out of judge’s way’

May 13, 2009 Rita Potts has resigned as coordinator of the hydroelectric project. In her letter to Independence County Judge Bill Hicks, she said two considerations prompted her decision, which is effective June 1. The first is an opportunity that has been discussed with her that could develop later in the year, and she would like to explore being unemployed for a while and see if that would be in her and her family’s best interest. The second, in her own words, is “to get out of the Judge’s way.

News of other days

May 12, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 23, 1996. 

Colleges Briefs

May 12, 2009 Cave students allotted fundsCAVE CITY — Sam Beller, president of Cave City Kiwanis Club, recently presented three $500 academic scholarships to Cave City Key Club members.The recipients were seniors Mary Bailey, Journey Byler and Tiffany England.The students have been members of the club throughout high school and have continually demonstrated leadership qualities and academic achievement, according to a news release. 

Cedar Ridge youth start own business

May 12, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge High School students Madeline Barber, Karen Davis, Chelsi Fultner, Saundra Jackson, Whitney Magness and Melissa Staggs in Kimberly Jones’ Management class been studying about how businesses are started and managed.They took the opportunity to work with their cafeteria department and ran their own restaurant for one day. The name of their business was The Flour Garden.The students sat down with cafeteria director Judy Tubbs, who explained the budget she has to work with and how meals are planned.

New service returns weekends to clients

May 12, 2009 Although the main focal point of his new service business is window/power washing, Jimmy Downs of Batesville said his business, JD’s Power Washing, slogan says it best: “We do that.”“Power washing is our main service, but we also offer window washing, lawn care, minor painting projects and just about anything else around the house no one else wants to do,” he said.