Near crash results in pursuit, arrest

May 4, 2011 Almost causing a wreck in front of a policemen ended with a Spring Valley man going to jail Friday morning.Independence County Sheriff’s Cpl. Patrick Collins said he was sitting at the red light at the intersection of Harrison and 30th streets around 11:30 a.m. when a car in the turning lane to his left made a sudden left turn on a green light for other lanes of traffic.Collins said the driver, later identified as Joel K. Henley, 25, of Pam Street, turned left onto 30th Street, nearly causing a head-on accident with oncoming traffic.

Chickens couldn’t cross road; feed airlifted

May 4, 2011 Surrounded by the roiling floodwaters of the White River for a week and with no feed for 150,000 broiler chickens, Tuesday morning it looked like Donnie Davis was running out of luck.Davis, who has eight chicken houses on Meadow Lake Road in the Oil Trough/Thida area, said in a phone interview with the Guard this morning that his feed bins started running out of feed Friday night. “After the bins run out there’s about seven hours of feed left in the feed pans in the houses,” Davis said.

Edwin Luther to be honored in naming of Stone County Museum’s auditorium

May 3, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The auditorium of the Stone County Museum in Mountain View will be named for long time supporter and charter member Edwin Luther at 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release.“The museum, located at 206 School Avenue in Mountain View, is a work in progress, having had 13 windows in the auditorium replaced with replicas of those originally installed in 1928 when the building was first opened as the Mountain View School,” the release states.

March of Dimes walkers raise almost $25,000

May 3, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — Local walkers raised almost $25,000 for the March of Dimes on Saturday at Stewart Field on the Southside High School campus, said organizing committee member Jane Smart.The totals were 310 walkers and $24,961.80 raised, she said, adding, “We are the little town that can!”

UACCB math instructor plays rugby in Mexico

May 3, 2011 It’s a long way from the rodeo arena to the rugby field, but for Chance Hugh, it was a natural fit.Hugh, a math instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville since last August, recently returned from Mexico City, where he played on the All South Rugby Select Team.

Evacuations ordered

May 3, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas emergency officials ordered more communities to evacuate Monday as several rivers in the eastern half of the state approached record or near-record levels.Chad Wilson, a 36-year-old Des Arc resident, said he grabbed his wife and two daughters and took them to a local church after he heard about the evacuation and road closures in the county.“We’re a little concerned,” he said. “No one can tell us what the river is going to actually do and what level it’s going to actually reach.”

Ed Mabry to address GOP

May 3, 2011 The Independence County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville and will feature Ed Mabry, director of economic development in Independence County, who will speak on how to bring jobs to this county. A Dutch treat meal will start at 6. The event is open to the public.

Sawed-off shotgun catches attention, lands man in jail

May 3, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Walnut Ridge man was arrested Friday after a deputy found him with a sawed-off shotgun, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.Kevin Mann, 38, has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.“The arrest came after a deputy noticed a green vehicle sitting in the middle of County Road 620 and that (other) vehicles had to drive around it,” Dotson said.

Rodeo part of Pioneer Day

May 3, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Fair Association in conjunction with Pioneer Day announces two nights of world championship ACA Rodeo entertainment at the Izard County Fairgrounds beginning Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12.Tommy Rand with Rand Rodeo Company will be handing out $2,000 in added prize money. For more information call (870) 481-4174.Additional Pioneer Day activities include the kiddie parade at 10:15 a.m. Saturday with the main parade getting under way at 11 a.m.

Cushman council to meet

May 3, 2011 CUSHMAN — The Cushman City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.The council will hear reports, review current bills and discuss other topics that have come up, Mayor Jean Weatherford said.Meetings are open to the public.