MELBOURNE — Izard County Retired Teachers/School Employees will meet Monday at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
A Dutch-treat lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with the meeting following at noon.
Alana Green of Green’s Tax Service will be the guest speaker.
The meeting is open to the public.
For more information call (870) 368-5012.
The renovated Arkansas Museum of Discovery is being unveiled to the public on Jan. 14. During the past year, the facility was redone from top to bottom. The result is three new galleries containing 85 interactive exhibits for all ages. In addition to the redesign, the focus of the museum is expanding.
LITTLE ROCK — A friend of a police dispatcher whose body was found in an Arkansas forest last weekend told The Associated Press Thursday she believes someone else sent a text message from the slain woman’s cellphone the morning after she was last seen.
Patty Hathaway said she texted her friend Dawna Natzke the morning after a Dec. 21 Christmas party that Natzke left abruptly. Hathaway said she told her friend that she wasn’t pleased with how Natzke’s boyfriend “pushed” her out the door.
Howard McKinney, 63, of Batesville died Dec. 30, 2011.
Born May 10, 1948, in Batesville, he was the son of Samuel Joseph McKinney and Evelyn Earl Futrell McKinney. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked at Southside School in the bus maintenance department. He enjoyed hunting, especially deer hunting, and fishing. He was of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include a brother, David Earl McKinney of Memphis; two sisters, Mona M. McBride and Myra J. Mathes, both of Salado; and several nephews and nieces.
Mildred Kerr, 79, of Batesville died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in a Batesville hospital.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 560 Woodmont Circle in Batesville. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery, located west of Cave City.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. is nearing completion of a $7 million expansion of its Mexican Original tortilla plant in Fayetteville and plans to hire an additional 60 workers.
The Springdale-based company said Thursday that the hiring is to begin in January. The plant already has 500 workers.
The facility is to run for three shifts and will have new machinery. The renovation involved 120,000 square feet of floor space.
Tyson Foods produces tortillas at two other plants, in Portland, Ind., and Sanford, N.C.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 24, 1992.
95 YEARS AGO
Each night the new street light, which illuminates to the extent of 500 candlepower, is turned on in front of the jewelry store of Chas. Mosby. The iron post on which sits the large globe is about 12 feet high and presents a fine appearance, and citizens are favorably impressed with the affair when it is seen at night, throwing its rays a considerable distance in each direction.
An 11th-hour ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to delay an Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1 saved the day for Americans who are doing their best to make ends meet in this struggling economy and cannot afford higher electricity bills.
I drove down to Little Rock on Thursday to cover the Supreme Court hearing of Independence County vs. the city of Clarksville. I got all dressed up. My first big court case and boy, was I excited! If only my friends could see me now. They would be so jealous! I have this great and exciting career that takes me to so many places.
I love going to Little Rock normally. It’s like taking a little vacation for the day. I like all the stores and restaurants there to choose from. But no time to shop and eat — I was working.
Forgive me if I have said this before, but, “Happy New Year.” It may be the epitome of redundancy but I have given this greeting for 60 years and I mean it as sincerely this year as I have all the years preceding.
The first few years of my life, I had no teeth and so all I could say was “Goo-goo, daa-daa.” It meant the same thing. This year I have all of my teeth but I am not certain how many more years.
The way we start life is the way we usually end life, with no teeth and drooling all the time with a silly grin on our face.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 tonight in the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room to discuss plans for the 2012 tournament season, said Billy Littleton, spokesman.
“This is an important meeting since we will be nominating and electing officers,” he said. “We would like all current members and anyone interested in joining to please attend.”
Twenty-four members qualified to compete in the 2011 season-ending Batesville Bass-
masters Classic on Lake Dardan-elle in October, Littleton said.