Christmas memories sought for special section

November 30, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 9.

Cord family injured in Missouri

November 30, 2009 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Cord woman and two children were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash near Squires, Mo. around 7 a.m. Friday morning, according to Missouri State Police.Police say Brenda K. Richardson, 58, of Cord was driving a 2005 GMC truck northbound on Highway 5, a mile south of Squires, when she crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2009 Freightliner driven by 38-year-old Anthony Beach of Fairgrove, Mo.

4-H club feeds community

November 30, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — More than 200 people turned out for the Southside 4-H Club’s Thanksgiving dinner for the community, held Thursday at the high school cafeteria.Club Leader Pam Gramling praised the efforts of the 4-H members, as well as those from the community.,She said several people asked what they could do to help, and some made desserts, helped wash dishes and cleaned tables. Among the helpers were Southside’s new middle school principal, Dion Stephens, and his family.

Violence, drunk driving, failure to return videos top Izard County arrests

November 30, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Thanksgiving night report of domestic violence at a Pineville residence has resulted in one arrest, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.Timothy Lee Allen, 43, of 503 Estes Heights was arrested and charged with third-degree domestic battering, second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, and public intoxication. A woman reported that she was hit with a belt and that her 10-month-old baby had possibly been hit as well. When deputies arrived, Allen had left the house but was later found hiding in a shed, Lawrence said.

Cotter man remembers tourism efforts in 1965

November 30, 2009 COTTER (AP) — Can you imagine opening a resort on Bull Shoals Lake today without a telephone? Bill Jennings remembers the days, not so very long ago, when there was no phone service on the east side of the lake. The year? Circa 1965.“I had a darkroom in the house,” Jennings said. “I bought a postcard-sized mimeograph and (photographic) postcard stock.”

Exchange program shows student new experiences

November 30, 2009 CUSHMAN — Federica Brioschi has discovered a lot since coming to Batesville.The White River is everywhere, barbecue ribs are good and it’s easy to get lost in a new school when you have to switch classrooms.Still, the chance to be an exchange student is one the native of Lombardia, Italy wouldn’t have missed for the world.

16th DTF recognized by U.S. attorney

November 30, 2009 They may be small in numbers, but they’ve made a big impact with 85 arrests, more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine ice confiscated and seized assets forfeited totaling than $400,000.Batesville is not only the headquarters for the 16th Judicial District, but for the past four years it’s also been known to local, state and federal authorities as one of the main distribution locations for “a violent Mexican drug cartel.”

AG: Gift cards, know what you are giving

November 27, 2009  LITTLE ROCK — With the holiday shopping season approaching, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued this consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to read the fine print when it comes to gift cards.“Gift cards make great presents, but if you plan to buy some this holiday season, you should know that many stores and companies attach restrictions to them,” said McDaniel. “Consumers should take an extra few minutes at the store to make sure they are getting what they pay for.”

News of Other Days

November 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 12, 1996.

Year after NY stampede, Black Friday gets makeover

November 27, 2009 VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — Victoria Rogers had originally planned to make an early stop the day after Thanksgiving last year at the Walmart store in Valley Stream on Long Island. Her last-minute decision against it might have saved her life.“We saw the mob, and we said no,” she said. “Walmart’s not the store.”What she saw that day was no ordinary crowd of shoppers, but a throng police say jammed through the doors upon the store’s opening in a mad dash for holiday savings, trampling a guard to death.