Youth offered cash at park

September 29, 2009  After being warned to leave a Batesville park where he was allegedly offering young children money to help him “clean up the park,” a 61-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon when police encountered him a second time.Deputy Ben Keener said he was dispatched to Riverside Park around 4 p.m. where a man wearing what looked like a pistol was going around offering children money to go with him and pick up trash.“I made contact with the suspect and he had what appeared to be a pistol on his side; all I could see was the grips and hammer,” Keener said.

Man, child die in fire

September 29, 2009  A mobile home fire early this morning claimed the lives of two people and sent a third to the hospital in critical condition.At approximately 1:17 a.m. officers and the Newark Fire Department were dispatched to 200 Weston St. in Magness in reference to a structure fire where people were still inside, according to a news release this morning from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Kristofer Thomas, 20, and 7-year-old Jason Doran were pronounced dead at the scene.

News of Other Days

September 28, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 9, 1996.73 YEARS AGOThe Rev. Elnathan Tart Jr., former rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here for a period of six years, has written the Guard that he has received a call to be rector of Grace Church in Canton, Miss., and of the Episcopal Church of Lexington, Miss. On Sept. 21 he resigned as state representative of the Works Progress Administration for Mississippi in order to assume his new duties.

Delegates eye eastern Ark. water shortage

September 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State lawmakers plan to visit eastern Arkansas Tuesday in an effort to learn more about the region’s groundwater shortage.Debbie Moreland, the program director for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, says she hopes lawmakers also will see some of the conservation programs already in place.

No texting while driving goes into effect Thursday

September 28, 2009 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A law that goes into effect Thursday will prohibit Arkansas drivers from texting or sending e-mail from their handheld devices while driving.The Legislature passed the ban during the last session, calling it “Paul’s Law,” after Paul Davidson of Jonesboro. The father of three was killed in a head-on crash with a driver who was allegedly typing a text message.The law prohibits reading, writing and sending messages while driving.Rep. Ray Kidd, D-Jonesboro, sponsored the bill.

Cops nab allegedly drunk man punching construction barrels

September 28, 2009 Using a traffic control barrel as a punching bag in a busy construction zone got a 25-year-old Cave City man arrested Sept. 19.Reserve Independence County Deputy Stacy Wright said he was on patrol on Highway 167 near Hawgs Exxon around 5:25 p.m. when we received a call on a man who “was turning traffic control devices over in the construction zone near Main Street.”“I went to that location and saw the suspect (Douglas W. Acklin) punching and kicking a construction barrel, attempting to knock it over,” Wright said.

Interlocal group meets

September 28, 2009 Members of the Newark Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss police coverage of the city while an officer, David Sallas, is in the police academy beginning in January.Newark Mayor Randy Hendrix also raised the question of allowing the Independence County deputies on duty during the day to spend part of that time acting as a school resource officer.He said the city has gotten federal stimulus money to help supplement the position but it is not sufficient to pay a full-time resource officer.

Revival set for Oct. 5-7

September 28, 2009 MAPLE SPRINGS — Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church will host a revival Oct. 5-7 at 7 nightly.Eddie Wyatt will be the evangelist.The church is located at 4225 Newport Road, two miles west of Oil Trough on Highway 14. Curt Howard is the pastor.

4-H month features science day, robots

September 28, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — October is 4-H month in Arkansas and will be marked by participation in a national experiment in biofuels, giant pumpkins, a robot-building competition and a gubernatorial proclamation.“October is always a big month for 4-H in Arkansas,” said Brad Davis, executive director of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation. “It’s state fair time, which often means competitions that represent culmination of a summer of hard work for our 4-H’ers.”Among the county and state activities happening during 4-H Month:

Auction, yard sale slated

September 28, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Agua Viva Mission Team of First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village will hold a benefit auction and yard sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cherokee Frame Factory in Ash Flat.The proceeds will help fund the Christmas mission trip to Agua Viva Children’s home in Guatemala. Christmas presents (clothes, pajamas, shoes) will be purchased for the children there and the ministry team will help staff the home while other missionaries come back to visit their families in the United States for Christmas, according to Regenia Conway.