Bobcats — Sentinels of the dusk are seldom seen

December 3, 2010 The young cat bounded across the road in front of my friend Loretta Bodenhammer’s car on her daily trip to the Calico Rock Post Office. Its mottled gray-brown fur and spotted belly blended in perfectly with a gray rock ledge in the early morning light. “The bobcat catapulted onto the bluff and walked along a tiny ledge like it had suction cups,” Bodenhammer said. “Immediately I knew it wasn’t a housecat. It had a short tail, long legs and it traveled in a crouch. It didn’t move like any house cat I’d ever seen.”

Wine tasting offered at Newport

December 3, 2010 NEWPORT — George’s Liquor will host an open house and wine tasting with Bruce Cochran from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday. George’s Liquor is located at 511 Malcolm in Newport.

Hunters Feeding Hungry gets funding

December 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted to appropriate $50,000 to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry to help offset processing costs for the non-profit organization, said commission spokesman Keith Stephens.The money comes from the state’s General Improvement Fund.Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry works with 50 game processors across the state to provide meat to more than 100 feeding agencies in Arkansas.In 2009-10, about 68,000 pounds of venison were donated, a 62 percent increase from the 2008-09 season.

Owner scares away would-be burglar

December 3, 2010 As Frankie Parish was coming through his front door early Thursday morning someone else was jumping out his bedroom window, according to Independence County Deputy Colby Markum.

Southside plans concert

December 3, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Choir Department will be presenting a free concert, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the middle school cafetorium.

Christmas Brings Hope sacks contained misprint

December 3, 2010 The brown paper grocery sacks from Kroger that were inserted in Thursday’s Guard contained a misprint regarding the pickup date for the 2010 Christmas Brings Hope food drive.Residents of Batesville, Clearview, Riverview and Dennison Heights are asked to put sacks on their front porch by 2 p.m. this Sunday, not Dec. 11 as printed on the sack.

Flu virus arrives in Ark.; outbreak minimal

December 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Health Department says seven cases of influenza have been confirmed in the state.The agency says that since Oct. 1, six of the cases were type A and one was type B and that all but one of the cases were children. The department also says the cases were relatively mild.Four of the cases were in Craighead County, with one each in Faulkner, Randolph and Saline counties.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu activity is increasing in the Southeast.Health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot.

Marine killed in Afghanistan

December 3, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Marine has been killed in Afghanistan.The Department of Defense announced Thursday that Cpl. Chad S. Wade of Bentonville died Wednesday while conducting combat operations in Helmand province in Afghanistan.The DOD didn’t specify how the 22-year-old Wade died.Wade was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Video helps identify suspect in theft, fraud case

December 3, 2010 Two people have been charged in Independence County Circuit Court for credit card fraud, theft and forgery in separate incidents.In the first, Robert Davis, 33, of Kinion Lane has been accused of two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of theft by receiving.On Nov. 12 Deputy Dee McFatter took a theft report from Loretta Loggains in regards to a stolen debit card that was later used to buy cigarettes and fast food, according a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims.

Rollover sends teen to hospital

December 3, 2010 A one-car rollover accident on Gap Road early Thursday morning has left a Newark teen fighting for her life in the intensive care unit of a Little Rock hospital.Police say Sarah Curtis, 17, was first taken to White River Medical Center and later flown by helicopter to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.