Coffee can yields $4,500

March 31, 2011 Batesville School District maintenance employee Larry Hawkins didn’t hesitate on Nov. 30 to show Ronnie Coots, director of business and information, the coffee can kept in a cabinet in the maintenance department.But Coots told the Guard on Tuesday he couldn’t believe it when he looked inside to find numerous cash bundles rolled up like cigarettes with white slips of paper on the outside and what looked to be amounts written down, secured with rubber bands. The cash totaled about $4,500.

Smith’s Store, old post office destroyed in Sharp Co. hamlet

March 30, 2011 Downtown Poughkeepsie changed drastically in the early morning hours of Feb. 28 when the old Smith’s Store building and old post office burned to the ground.Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Danny Denton said the fire was reported about 2 a.m.“The west end (of the store building) was burning when we got there,” he said.“It went in a hurry,” despite the best efforts of 10 firefighters and two trucks from Poughkeepsie plus assistance from the Evening Shade Fire Department, which sent firefighters and a tanker truck.

Perkeys are writing histories of area communities

March 30, 2011 Gary and Cindy Perkey, a husband and wife team, are co-writing a “History of Poughkeepsie” and he is working on a book about other area towns and communities.It’s not their first rodeo.Gary edited the 469-page (plus a 28-page index), hardbound “History of Cave City,” published in 2001 by the Cave City History Committee, which had 12 members, including Gary, in its Working Group.“We’ve still got some of those (books for sale),” Gary said.

Website, meal program touted

March 30, 2011 Between basketball, soccer, archery, the Little Dribblers team for younger children and cheerleading, Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary has plenty to offer students if you ask sports coordinator Steve Baxter.Monday night the Batesville School Board recognized many of those students and their recent achievements during its monthly meeting at Sulphur Rock. This marks the fifth year for these sports programs to be offered at the elementary and more than 75 percent of the students participate in one or more of the extracurricular activities, Baxter said.

House vote jeopardizes insurance plan

March 30, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Republican minority in the Arkansas House on Tuesday held up a budget bill for the state Insurance Department aimed at implementing the federal health overhaul. The bill’s 53-41 failure could leave the agency with no funding for the coming fiscal year.

Teens busted for smoking

March 30, 2011 They weren’t smokin’ in the boy’s room. Instead they were caught on the bus.School resource officer Cord Davidson said the three were caught on camera smoking a pipe while sitting at the back of a bus taking them to New Horizons School Tuesday morning.Davidson said he was called to the Desha alternative school after a bus driver reported to director Gary Anderson that some students had been smoking at the back of the bus around 7:50 that morning.

Poughkeepsie memories: Growing up in small town gave sense of community

March 30, 2011 POUGHKEEPSIE — Seeing the blackened remains of the old Smith Store and old post office buildings in downtown Poughkeepsie saddens Cindy Perkey, but she holds dear memories in her heart of the place where she grew up.Some of those memories of growing up in Poughkeepsie go back as far as the Freeman twins’ toddler days. Cindy Freeman Perkey, now of Batesville, and Tammy Freeman Allender, now of Pleasant Plains, are the daughters of Jasper “Doc” Freeman and Janna Lou Freeman.

Judging event draws 241

March 30, 2011 Fourteen schools with 241 students participated in the Independence County Conservation District’s annual FFA Judging Workshop recently at the University of Arkansas Livestock and Forestry Experiment Station near Bethesda, said Ricki Gilbert, district secretary. “The workshop was conducted to assist students in getting ready for the competitions at the district and state levels,” she said. “The judging contest offered at the workshop included livestock, land, poultry and forestry.”

Hearing set for WM3

March 30, 2011 JONESBORO (AP) — A Craighead County Circuit Court judge has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for three men convicted of the 1993 killings of three West Memphis 8-year-olds.Judge David Laser set the hearings for Dec. 5-21 in Jonesboro for Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. The Jonesboro Sun reports that a potential scheduling conflict with Misskelley’s attorneys might cause the hearings to be split.

Do food dyes cause hyperactivity? FDA examines link between two

March 30, 2011 WASHINGTON — The FDA is examining the link between dyes found in everyday foods and hyperactivity in children.At a two-day meeting starting today, an FDA advisory committee will decide whether available data links the dyes and the disorder. The panel will recommend Thursday whether the agency should further regulate dyes, do more studies on the issue or require better labeling of the additives. They could also recommend that the FDA do nothing at all.