News of other days

December 23, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 8, 1997. 

Sexual assault convict paroled by state board

December 23, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A sexual assault convict is being granted parole by the Arkansas Parole Board despite his failure to complete a required program for sex offenders.The parole announced Tuesday for 38-year-old Michael Butler comes after the settlement of a lawsuit. The settlement included Department of Correction Director Larry Norris requesting that Butler not be required to complete the sex offender program. The lawsuit said Butler’s rights were violated when he was beaten by prison guards.

Foster parent, firefighter arrested for child porn

December 23, 2009 GREENBRIER (AP) — A foster parent and volunteer Greenbrier firefighter has been arrested for child pornography.Faulkner County authorities say 40-year-old Daniel Klosky Jr. was arrested Monday on 38 counts of possession and distribution of child porn.He remains in the Faulkner County jail pending a hearing this afternoon. It was not clear whether he yet had hired an attorney.Deputies say Klosky had two foster children living with him and both are now in state custody.

‘Solid Waste Santas’ to fete 4 needy families

December 23, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer would have trouble landing a sleigh on the uneven ground at the Little Rock Landfill south of the city, but the “Solid Waste Santas” will get there somehow, to provide four needy families with a Christmas dinner and gifts.A news release from the city said employees of the Solid Waste Division collected $2,300 to provide the families with a holiday celebration today at the landfill on Ironton Road.

Rapper T.I. released from Ark. prison

December 23, 2009 ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper T.I. has been released from a federal prison in Arkansas and is headed to a halfway house in Georgia.A lawyer for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., said the rapper was released Tuesday morning.T.I. began serving his sentence of a year and a day for illegal firearms possession and possessing a gun as a convicted felon last May.Steve Sadow said his client was expected to report to Dismas Charities halfway house in Atlanta on Tuesday night and will be there for up to three months.

Service news

December 23, 2009 San Antonio — Air Force Airman Bradley R. Skelton graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.The son of Kelly Marshal of Batesville, Skelton is a 2006 graduate of Batesville High School.

Make-ahead stratta means easy brunch Christmas morning

December 23, 2009 When dreams of sugarplums have morphed into a living room floor littered with wrapping paper and toys, the last thing you want to do is pull away from the holiday fun to get breakfast on the table. A do-ahead recipe lets you have it both ways.This easy stratta (think oomphy quiche) is made by arranging ham and cheese sandwiches in a baking dish, then pouring a mixture of eggs, milk and cheese over them. Top everything with a bit more cheese, then put it in the oven and walk away.

Harding presents degrees

December 23, 2009 SEARCY — Several area residents were among more than 350 students who received diplomas at commencement exercises at Harding University Dec. 19.Area graduates included:Batesville — Amy Kemper, bachelor of arts in general studies; Amanda King, bachelor of science in exercise science; Bonnie Young, BA in middle-level English/language arts/social science;Sulphur Rock — Julie Williams, BA in kinesiology.

Account established

December 23, 2009 A memorial account has been established at Citizens Bank for Melinda Rone, the wife of Burros Rone, who died Dec. 17.