BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crotcheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams.
Williams also offers free knitting and crochet lessons. Besides making prayer shawls, the group also makes hats for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and scarves for Special Olympics.
For more information, call Williams at (870) 799-3743.
JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will conduct pearl stringing necklace workshops Saturday and Feb. 25 in the courthouse.
Program hours are 9 a.m. to noon.
The park interpreter will teach workshop participants how to make their own cultural, freshwater pearl necklace to take home. All materials will be provided. A history of freshwater pearls will also be given, and a question and answer session will be held. A tour of the courthouse will follow.
The cost of the program is $20 per person. Reservations must be made no later than three days before the workshops.
LEAD HILL (AP) — A medieval fortress in northern Arkansas has closed indefinitely because of financial problems.
Founder Michel Guyot says he’s looking for investors or a buyer for the 13th century-style castle in Boone County.
Guyot, a French archaeologist and businessman, has renovated several castles, including one about 100 miles from Paris.
The Ozark Medieval Fortress was open to visitors during 2010 and 2011. Admission cost $18 for adults and $9 for children.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state auditor’s office says more than 20 years’ worth of unclaimed items— including coins and baseball cards — will be placed up for sale on eBay.
Auditor Charlie Daniels says the auctions will be held on the last Friday of every month, beginning this week. The items were stored in bank safe deposit boxes then turned over to the state when the owners didn’t claim them when the rental period on the box expired.
Items up for sale in Friday’s auction include a $1 coin from 1878, costume jewelry and golden replicas of U.S. stamps.
DIERKS (AP) — For the first time since nearly dying of a gunshot wound seven months ago, Michael Glasgow came face-to-face with the men who saved his life.
Michael suffered heavy internal bleeding and damage to his kidney, spleen and liver when a .32-caliber Beretta pistol his best friend, Curtis Nutt, was handling went off June 23.
He was treated on the scene by medics from Howard County Ambulance Service before being airlifted by LifeNet to Children’s Medical Center in Little Rock.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 11, 1992.
96 YEARS AGO
The entire community of Salado, eight miles south of Batesville, was saddened Wednesday when it was learned that John Walker, 33 years of age, was struck and killed by lightning. Mr. Walker, in company with Pete and Dick Wycough, John Parker, Lish Presley, Al Engles, Clyde Rice and Bob Lawrence, were hauling hay when the elements became charged with lightning and thunder.
People are struggling to buy groceries and pay for basic needs such as transportation and utilities. A new tax is not something most people are able to pay for during these poor economic times.
Questions I would like answered before voting on the proposed tax increase:
1. How is the Hydroelectric plant working for us? Is it everything it was promised to be? Or is it costing money that we can’t afford?
After learning about the proposed sand processing plant to be located north of Batesville near the North Complex and the Spring Valley subdivision, local residents, as well as cattle farmers in the vicinity of the proposed construction site are concerned about the environmental impact on our community. We have done a limited amount of research and it appears that the proposed plant will be processing silica. Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Airborne crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which in severe cases can be disabling or even fatal.
In preparation for the fiscal session of the Legislature that begins on Feb. 13, the governor presented a balanced budget for state government for next year.
It would not provide cost-of-living increases for state employee salaries It would increase funding of public schools from kindergarten through grade 12, in order to comply with constitutional mandates that the state provide an adequate education to all children. The governor’s budget also would increase funding of Medicaid, a government health care program for people with disabilities, the elderly and the poor.
I never dreamed that just a couple months after my checking account was hacked, Gary’s would be, too. Yes, we have separate accounts, at separate banks. I have no idea why we use separate banks, but the separate checking works for us, even though some might think it’s weird.
There’s an old saying that says you have the life you want. I would like to add my own twist to that and say, so quit your bellyaching. If you really, truly hated where you are in life you’d do something about it. You’d stop complaining to everyone who’s still foolish enough to listen and do something different.
BRYANT (AP) — Police in Bryant say two people are dead in a suspected murder-suicide that happened in the parking lot of a hospice center.
Sgt. Todd Crowson said the shootings happened outside of Saline Memorial Hospice House shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.
Bryant police say a woman who worked as a nurse at the hospice was found shot to death in a car. Authorities say the suspect is her ex-boyfriend, who was also found shot to death at the scene.
Police say the woman had obtained a restraining order in Lonoke County against the ex-boyfriend.