Deserter sentenced

April 29, 2009 FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — An Arkansas soldier tearfully apologized for going to Canada to avoid deploying to Iraq and was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison after pleading guilty to desertion.Spc. Cliff Cornell spent four years in Canada before the Canadian government denied him asylum as a war objector. Cornell came back to the U.S. and turned himself in to authorities in February to avoid being deported.

White River cow rescued

April 29, 2009 In the nursery rhyme, the cow jumped over the moon. In Batesville Tuesday afternoon, one cow found its way into the water at Lock and Dam No. 1 on the White River.At first glance, Kelley Taylor of Imboden couldn’t believe her eyes. “I thought it was one of those fake cows,” she said. “I thought ‘Surely, that’s not a real cow.’”

Woman found in lake

April 29, 2009 ASH FLAT — The body of a woman found floating in a lake behind her home in Highland has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Mark Counts said this morning.Highland Police Chief Bea Sharp found the body Tuesday morning after being requested to check on 79-year-old Dolores Covollo.

News of other days

April 28, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 9, 1996. 

Banker completes school

April 28, 2009 Dwight Ford, vice president credit administration/compliance at First Community Bank, recently completed the American Bankers Association National Compliance School held March 27-April 2 at the Dolce Hayes Conference Center in San Jose, Calif.

Atlas Asphalt receives award

April 28, 2009 Atlas Asphalt Inc. of Batesville recently won a top Region Five award for its work on Highway 69B in Batesville last year.Atlas received a regional award plaque in the category two-lane highways with average daily travel greater than 2,000 vehicles, one of four categories in the competition.Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department resident engineer Jim Leggett of District 5 also received a plaque in recognition of the inspection work on the project.

WRAAA adds 2 staffers

April 28, 2009 White River Area Agency on Aging in Batesville has announced the addition of two new staff members, Kristen Whillock and Anne Brooks.According to Shanna MaGuffee, regional manager for WRAAA, Whillock is serving as care manager, and Brooks is the registered nurse supervisor for the agency’s home care assistance.

Area soldier to plead to desertion

April 28, 2009 SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The attorney for a Fort Stewart soldier charged with deserting the Army says the soldier will plead guilty.A plea and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for this afternoon for Spc. Cliff Cornell, who fled to Canada in 2005 to avoid deploying to Iraq.Cornell’s lawyer, James Branum, tells The Associated Press the 29-year-old will plead guilty to the charge of desertion with intent to avoid hazardous duty. Branum said he expects a military judge to sentence Cornell after he enters his plea.

Woman reports intruder with tire iron

April 28, 2009 A Pleasant Plains woman said her scream and threat to call police scared off an intruder with a tire iron who crawled through a window of her home Friday morning.Sandra J. Drake told police she was home alone around 11:20 Friday morning when she heard a vehicle pull into her driveway. When she looked outside she reportedly saw a white Jeep belonging to a woman she had been in a fight with recently.Drake said she hid, then heard someone knocking on her door and windows.

Firefighters plan fundraiser

April 28, 2009 PINEVILLE — The annual Open House fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pineville Volunteer Fire Department.The fire department’s 2008 Kenworth pumper/tanker, which was acquired from the 2008 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, will be showcased.A silent auction will be held, and hamburgers, hot dogs and Polish sausage will be available.Proceeds will go toward purchase of a laptop computer, a Power Point projector and a screen for training purposes and fire planning.