News of Other Days

February 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 1, 1996.73 YEARS AGOWorkmen for the contractor constructing the sewer expansion with newfangled equipment have unearthed a glorious past while working on a section on lower Main Street.


February 17, 2009 Sometimes my husband has selective hearing.

News of Other Days

February 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 29, 1996.73 YEARS AGOWord has been received in Batesville of the death of A.B. Matheny, a former Batesville resident and hotel operator, at his home in Pleasanton, Texas, Wednesday morning. Mr. Matheny, who is a brother of I.J. Matheny of Batesville and G.H. Matheny of Maxville, was proprietor of the Matheny Hotel of Batesville, located where the Barnett Hotel now stands.


February 16, 2009 This Valentine’s Day I received my first professionally delivered flowers at my very first job from Luke.Twenty-four multicolored roses, delicately packaged from, were delivered to the office Friday.Pink, orange, yellow and white.Even without the red they couldn’t be more beautiful. Nothing against red, I love them too, but Luke being the traditional romantic has always opted for the red buds for the last four years, so imagine my shock to see that he deviated from the flower norm and got me my very favorite.

News of Other Days

February 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 28, 1996.73 YEARS AGODr. Thomas J. Woods, 85, of Evening Shade, a former Batesville resident, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. Dr. Woods was born in Kentucky in 1850 and moved to Izard County as a small boy. He was educated at LaCrosse in Izard County and received his medical education in Louisville, Ky. He practiced medicine for 60 years, part of the time at LaCrosse and Batesville and the last 30 years in Evening Shade.

Letters to the Editor

February 5, 2009 Community well servedCommunity well served Dear editor: I want to express my appreciation to the board of directors of Dota Public Water Authority and to the manager, Rusty Paul, and the former manager, Murvelee Crigler.

Latigo & Grandma

February 5, 2009 In fiction writing, authors should always let the characters tell the story as much as possible. The writer should keep himself or herself from narrating the story. The same thing carries over into newspaper - non-fiction - writing, as much as possible. Sometimes it's easier to let the characters tell the story in a feature article rather than in a straight news article.

When crimes become mistakes

February 4, 2009 You can't help but wonder if Democrats ever pay taxes. It seems from the headlines that the way it works is that Democrats levy taxes but only Republicans have to pay them. For a president who said he was going to preside over the most ethical administration in history, Barack Obama has shown an astounding talent of being able to find appointees who mistakenly manage to forget to pay their taxes.

Those Langston girls

February 4, 2009 Looking back on my childhood I can honestly say that in addition to a couple of good friends, I adored the Langston girls. Even though they were "considerably older" than I, both Marcia and Debbie always took the time to tote me around and treated me more like a little sister than anything else.

The sister we left behind

February 3, 2009 Such a thing would never happen today: In the early 1970s, when I was 9 or 10, we left my sister Mary at the drive-in theater. The outing started off well enough. My father spent several minutes searching for a spot (it took time to find a window speaker that worked). We got out of the car as he opened the tailgate and folded down the back seats, then got back in. We began devouring corn curls, potato chips, onion dip and pretzels, and washed them down with Regent soda pop.