Jacksonport State Park announces activities

June 8, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Thursday10 a.m., park pavilion — Discovery Hour. The swim beach at Jacksonport State Park can be an entertaining diversion for a hot afternoon, but it can also be quite hazardous. Discover the safety tips when spending time at the swim beach this summer with this entertaining and educational activity.

Stolen vehicle recovered near cave

June 8, 2009 Independence County authorities have recovered a 1993 Jeep Cherokee reported stolen recently in Mountain Home.Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Les McCollum said that Reserve Deputy Hira Herrington came to his office around 3 p.m. Thursday to discuss an abandoned vehicle he had found near Blowing Cave Wednesday night.“I ran the VIN (vehicle identification number) on the vehicle, a blue/tan Jeep Cherokee and it returned stolen out of Baxter County,” McCollum said. “The Jeep was registered to Kevin Short of Mountain Home.”

Audit shows ‘unidentified balances’

June 8, 2009 ASH FLAT — An audit for Sharp County for 2007 recommends handling district court fine money in a different way, according to the report signed by June M. Barron, deputy legislative auditor.No money is missing, but about $71,051 in district court fines went into various accounts with unidentified balances, which could have caused a problem with the county’s internal control if not corrected, Barron said.The report was posted March 26 of this year.“We were in substantial compliance,” County Judge Larry Brown said.

Fourteen-year-old charged

June 8, 2009 MELBOURNE — An Izard County teenager has been arrested for raping an 8-year-old girl, Sheriff Tate Lawrence announced.The 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday and transported to the White River Juvenile Detention Center to await a court appearance.In other sheriff’s department activities:

Democratic House Caucus to tour Arkansas locations

June 8, 2009 Members of the Arkansas Democratic House Caucus plan to travel the state this month to talk to voters about the recently completed legislative session and to hear what Arkansans want to accomplish next year. “This is a great chance for us to get out and talk to Arkansans about the work we did in Little Rock, and more importantly to find out what they would like to see in the future. It’s as much a trip for us to listen as it is for us to talk,” Speaker of the House Robbie Wills said.The group arrived in Batesville Saturday morning.

Hydro bonds sink

June 8, 2009 Lawsuits, promises and the continual need to issue additional bonds were not enough to keep the hydroelectric project afloat, and the county has been notified that the bond holder will transfer the operation to new management.Tonight, members of the Independence County Quorum Court will learn what steps the bond holder plans to take the following claim the county has defaulted on the loans.ACA Financial Guaranty Corporations, the bond holder of the project, claims the county defaulted on its obligation, and plans call for Independence County to be removed from the project.

News of other days

June 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 18, 1996.

Village, Horseshoe Bend hunt applications ready

June 5, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Due to increasing nuisance deer complaints, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and four Arkansas cities have joined together to offer limited urban archery hunts to combat the overpopulated deer herd. Hunts in Horseshoe Bend, Cherokee Village, Bull Shoals and Hot Springs Village are scheduled for this fall. These special seasons require more of hunters than most, although it’s worth the effort.