Teen killed in head-on

May 27, 2009 A head-on crash between a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler claimed the life of a Newark teen Tuesday afternoon.Independence County authorities say the victim, 19-year-old Kayla Smart, was a passenger in a pickup truck, driven by Lyndon M. Gardner, 19, of 1655 N. Hill St., that collided with an 18-wheeler around 3 p.m.

Harrison Street ahead of schedule

May 27, 2009 It’s one thing to be ahead of schedule for a multi-million dollar street improvement project, but it’s another to be ahead of schedule even after losing a month’s time due to the recent rains.Work on the Harrison Street widening project continues to make progress, despite recent rain, said Mike Shetron, president of White River Materials, and Lyndal Waits, District 5 engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Besides Independence, District 5 includes Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone, Jackson, Cleburne and White counties.

News of other days

May 26, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 6, 1996. 

Ozarka students earn associates of applied science

May 26, 2009 Melbourne — Ozarka College has announced the names of students who graduated with an associate of applied science.Students completing their studies with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a certificate or associate degree program are designated as graduating magna cum laude. Students with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 graduated cum laude.

870 area code to run out of numbers by late 2011

May 26, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ 870 area code likely will run out of numbers by late 2011, leading some companies to ask for permission to add a second area code over the same area.The second area code, called an overlay, would require 10-digit dialing for all numbers in the 870 area code. That area code covers a backward crescent across the state that includes Jonesboro, Mountain Home, Pine Bluff and Texarkana. The Little Rock metropolitan area is covered by the 501 area code, while northwest Arkansas is in the 479 area code.

Performance specialty shop moves to Batesville location

May 26, 2009 After eight successful years in Conway as Central Arkansas High Performance Specialists, Jeremy Bunch has moved back home to Batesville to run his motorcycle/ATV performance shop.The new location in Batesville is 1250 Slater St. behind the Ideal Bakery truck shop, off Lawrence Street.Known as B.P.S. (Bunch Performance Specialities), the shop specializes in the maintenance of all makes and models of high performance motorcycles.“We are a certified Racetech suspension center and we can take care of all your other racing needs, too,” Bunch said recently.

Pleasant Plains fish house gets new name, management

May 26, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Tadpole’s Catfish Barn, located at the corner of Highway 167/87 in Pleasant Plains, is the place “sure to please your cravings for good catfish and seafood,” according to manager Donnie Rawlings, who owns the business with Thad “Tadpole” Franks.In addition to new ownership, there have been some upgrades, a name change and new items added to the menu at Tadpole’s, which offers a buffet Thursday through Sunday.

National Merit Scholarship winners announced

May 26, 2009 EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 2,500 students who have won National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Designees were chosen from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2009 program.Local winners include Mary E. Castleman, a graduate of Southside High School. Her probable career field is in psychology/English.National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Factory reports nothing missing

May 26, 2009 Police say nothing could be found missing following a weekend burglary of the TWH Inc. plant at 700 Pepsi Cola Road in the Allen Chapel community.Deputy Gary Franks said he was dispatched to the factory Sunday morning to speak with Vonda Crowl, who said she discovered a window broken out when she arrived around 8 a.m.