Pedestrian struck by van

May 7, 2009 Witnesses say a 20-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle as he ran across a busy downtown street Tuesday went against a red light.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Carter said that Joshua C. Jarrett, of 480 Cave Creek Road was struck by a 1993 Chevrolet van traveling south on Central Avenue and driven by 35-year-old Ismael Pena of Neeley Street around 4:10 p.m.The accident occurred at the intersection of Central and Main Street as Jarrett reportedly ran across Central Avenue, from lower Main, and into the path of the van.

Are you in compliance? Code enforcement office dealing with new ordinances

May 7, 2009 Paved parking lots, billboards, 911 addressing, grass height — these are just a few of the new regulations put into place over the last several years by the Batesville City Council.In some cases, the council has adopted several new ordinances; in others, amendments have been added to existing regulations. Either way, there have been a lot of changes and not everyone may be aware of them, Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure said. Parking lots

Man shot

May 7, 2009 CAVE CITY — A Cave City man wounded in the face by a gunshot was being transferred to a Little Rock hospital about 9 this morning, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“The shooting occurred at 407 Stout Street at Devonda Furr’s residence,” Weaver said. “It was reported to 911 at 5:28 this morning.”The victim, 50-year-old Gar Jacobs, was taken to White River Medical Center, then was being transferred to the University of Arkansas Center for Medical Sciences due to the seriousness of the wound.

Infant leaves ACH

May 7, 2009 ASH FLAT — A 5-week-old baby allegedly given an overdose of liquid morphine has been released from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.Weaver called the hospital about 9:30 this morning and said due to patient confidentiality laws, received little information except that the baby was no longer there.“It would be in the custody of DHHS (the Department of Health and Human Services),” he said.

Walgreens now open

May 7, 2009 Helen Dewey was the first customer through the door at the Batesville Walgreens this morning. While Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “You Are the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” were pumped into the store’s loudspeakers, Dewey strolled through every aisle and noted the various items offered at the national chain drug store, exclaiming from time to time, “They got that here?” Leda Blevins lives a block and a half away and said the doctor has recommended her to walk more, so now she plans to walk to Walgreens rather than drive to Walmart.

News of other days

May 6, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 17, 1996. 

Kindergartners meet Smokey the Bear

May 6, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — All 130 students in Southside’s kindergarten classes got to visit with Smokey the Bear when the Arkansas Forestry Commission recently presented a fire prevention program, Forest Ranger Kenny Smothers said.The Smokey the Bear Program was presented by rangers Danny Crumley, Todd Wilson and Smokey the Bear (Ranger Britt Pearce).A short video was shown to the students.“After the video, there was a time for questions and comments about the video,” Smothers said.

Education Brief

May 6, 2009 Coloring winners announcedWinners in the Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) and Batesville Daily Guard Coloring Contest are:Kindergarten — Gavin Smart, first place; Caleb Whitmire, second place; and Casey Clay, third placePre-Kindergarten — Kade Barber, first place; Carlie Tacket, second place; and David Thomas King, third place.  

Local schools on Just for the Kids Arkansas’ higher performing list

May 6, 2009 LITTLE  ROCK — The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), one of the most respected educational data and research organizations in the country, announced its latest Just for the Kids Arkansas list of higher performing schools recently. The Higher Performing Schools List is comprised of public elementary and middle schools in Arkansas. Forty schools were recognized for their achievement in the areas of college and career readiness for both math and literacy.  Eighty-seven schools were recognized for achievement in either math or literacy.

Honor Roll

May 6, 2009 Mount Pleasant elementary campus