• Agency helps couple maintain quality of life

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Like most couples who have been married for a long time, Joyce and Larry Hanson have been through good times and bad.
    Over the past 40 years they have had to overcome some major medical problems, but for the most part, they have always maintained a positive attitude.
    Early in the marriage, Larry spent nine months in a coma. Unable to walk or talk he later regained his health.
    As they aged, he faced additional problems.

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  • Ronnie Dowdy puts on the brakes

    A national trucking company headquartered in Batesville is putting on the brakes.
    Ronnie Dowdy, owner of Ronnie Dowdy Inc., told the Guard this morning that the 28-year-old business at 1839 Batesville Blvd., will be closing, but denied any further comment as to why. Operations should cease by the weekend, he said.

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  • City visitors filling coffers

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — Officials in Bentonville say hotel and restaurant tax collections have increased sharply as more people visit the city to tour the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
    The Bentonville Convention and Visitors Bureau says hotel tax receipts were up 23 percent in November. That’s when the museum, created by Walmart heiress Alice Walton, opened.

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  • Texan in Medicare fraud must repay nearly $10M

    HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston cell phone store owner-turned-concert promoter must repay nearly $10 million in a Medicare fraud investigation.
    A federal judge in Houston on Monday also sentenced 39-year-old Aghaegbuna “Ike” Odelugo of Sugar Land to six years prison.
    Odelugo in 2010 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, committing health care fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say Odelugo must make $9.9 million in restitution to the government program and forfeit nearly $7.5 million in illegal earnings.

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  • Locksmith offers mobile key service

    With more than 25 years experience as a locksmith in Wisconsin, Mamath Key & Lock Service has relocated to northcentral Arkansas with a totally mobile operation for customer convenience, according to owner Sharon Mamath.
    “I grew up in the locksmith business my father started in Wisconsin over 40 years ago,” Mamath said recently. “Then after he passed I took over.”
    In addition to her vast experience servicing locks, and locking hardware devices, as well as rekeying locks and making master keys. Mamath said she can also do home safes and safe deposit box locks too.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 18, 1992.
    96 YEARS AGO
    For many years Ozark Springs near Jamestown was a much frequented place by Batesville and Newport businessmen and their families who sought a few weeks rest and recreation, but in recent years this popular summer resort has been poorly patronized. Most of the buildings have been sold and are now occupied by permanent families there.

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  • Super Bowl rematch doesn’t sound trashy

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hear what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the pep rally before leaving New England for the Super Bowl? He got ‘em riled up by saying he hoped to come back as a winner, greeted by an even larger crowd.
    Wait, don’t yawn! Sure, it’s not the most controversial comment, not even close to a foot-in-mouth moment. But it can’t be overlooked.
    For this Super Bowl rematch, Brady’s tame words are about as trashy as it gets.

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  • ‘40 Minutes of Hell’ to premiere after UofA plays on Feb. 11

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas men’s basketball fans will get to view the premiere of an ESPNU film on Nolan Richardson, former head coach, and the Arkansas basketball program.
    “40 Minutes of Hell” will debut Feb. 11 after the Razorbacks’ game against South Carolina at Bud Walton Arena.
    The 48-minute film will feature Richardson, former President Bill Clinton, ESPN’s Dick Vitale, former players and others.

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  • Razorbacks hope to stay undefeated at home

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Mardracus Wade let out a “there it is” as soon as the basketball left his right hand.
    A split-second later, the ball swished through the basket inside Bud Walton Arena during the Razorbacks’ practice Monday afternoon — once again showing the comfort level Wade and his teammates have at home this season.
    Arkansas (15-6, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) has yet to lose in Fayetteville this season, including wins over a pair of ranked teams — then-No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 20 Michigan.

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  • Herd mentality is place to be

    As rare and mythical as the unicorn, it too cavorts amongst the clouds with double rainbows birthing from its unfathomable depths. But instead of worshipful 12-year-old girls, it is conservative politicians who tack drawings of this inamorata on walls above their beds. We’re talking about the legendary … Mainstream.

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  • Are the super rich different? Yes, they pay lower taxes

    The belated disclosure of his 2010 tax return by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney confirms the public speculation that Romney and his wife pay income tax on his enormous income of nearly $22 million in 2010 at a lower rate than many middle-income taxpayers.
    Their federal income tax of less than $3 million amounted to an effective tax rate of only 13.8 percent, although the top federal income tax rate of 35 percent was supposed to apply to taxable incomes in excess of $379,150 in 2010.

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  • Mall razed; memories not gone

    Watching the razing of the old Indian Mall is like saying goodbye to an old friend. How funny, I suppose, that my “friend” would be more than an hour’s drive away and we didn’t see each other all that often, but I sure enjoyed our longstanding relationship.

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