Area Briefs

July 20, 2009 Council to discuss stoplights on Main Street

Small step has giant impact

July 20, 2009 Deborah Frazier remembers climbing up and sitting on the lattice-style cement block fence surrounding her family’s home in Laredo, Texas that summer evening. She was wearing cutoff shorts and a sleeveless white blouse.It was one of those moments when you knew something bigger than you was happening, Frazier said. “I remember it vividly.” Forty years has passed since man’s first journey to the moon. For Frazier, it seems like it was only yesterday.

Grant will fund tours

July 20, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum recently received a $900 grant from a private donor to fund a new community outreach education program the museum developed for the 2009-2010 school year, said Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator.“This program has been created to encourage public schools to take advantage of the regional educational opportunities that the museum has to offer,” she said.

Stray bullet kills child

July 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say an 11-year-old Smithville boy died at Arkansas Children’s Hospital about 18 hours after being hit by a bullet outside his home.Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said Jace Freeman, son of Tammy Freeman, died about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.Camper said the boy was playing with his siblings and other relatives about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when his parents saw him collapse. He was flown to the Little Rock hospital where officials said he had a gunshot wound to the head.

Woman dies in house fire

July 20, 2009 Scorched and burned debris litters the yard of the small tin-roofed home where 80-year-old Earlene Burris died in a house fire early this morning.According to police dispatch records, the Sulphur Rock Fire Department was dispatched to Burris’ home off Lonoke Lane around 3 a.m. and found her house fully engulfed in flames.

News of other days

July 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 30, 1996.

Cool off with sizzling panfish action in small streams

July 17, 2009 Small-stream fishing is enjoyable, productive, usually uncrowded, and a good way to beat the summer heat. It’s not really a big-fish enterprise, but what they lack in size, they make up for in diversity and spunk. Downsize your tackle and you’ll find it’s a very sporting brand of fishing.

BHS shooter qualifies for Junior Olympics event

July 17, 2009 A Batesville Pioneer qualified on June 28 at Remington Gun Club near Lonoke to compete in the National Junior Olympic Tournament trap competition in Colorado Springs, Colo.Chuck Woodson, Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said the Pioneers’ Hunter Gallant was among the top three scorers, qualifying him for the July 24-26 National Junior Olympic Tournament as well as an all expenses paid attendance at the Junior Olympic Development Shotgun Training Camp set for Aug. 20-23.

Stolen items recovered; police develop suspect

July 17, 2009  Authorities say they have recovered nearly 90 percent of the items reported stolen from a Newark business Tuesday night, and they have a suspect in the case.The Foot Hills Artist Theater, at 450 College St. in Newark, was burglarized after someone cut the lock off a chain link fence and then entered the business through an unlocked door, according to a statement from Rick Weaver, who runs the business.“The suspect put items in a cooler that was in the building, then put items in other containers to be carried out,” Deputy Jeremy Qualls said.

Clinton Center to offer rare look at moon rock

July 17, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Clinton Presidential Center’s newest artifact comes to Little Rock all the way from the surface of the moon. On loan from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the moon rock will be displayed from July 18-29.