• Emory Grace Swinea

    Josh and Carrie Swinea of Desha have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Feb. 19, 2013. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1.3 ounces and has been named Emory Grace Swinea. Grandparents of the child are Jim and Judy Swinea …

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  • Aster Vaughn Rorex

    Dustin Rorex and Caynon Self, Ebony and Jack of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Feb. 19, 2013. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Aster Vaughn Rorex. Grandparents of the …

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  • William Ray Luetschwager

    Brian and Kristin Luetschwager of Batesville have announced the birth of a son at Northeast Arkansas Baptist Memorial Hospital on Feb. 13, 2013. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and has been named William Ray Luetschwager. Grandparents of the child are Tony and Renee …

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  • Mason Stuart Holifield

    Justin and Whitney Holifield, Aspen and Bryce of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Feb. 19, 2013. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 2.9 ounces and has been named Mason Stuart Holifield. Grandparents of the child …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 17, 1993.

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  • Letter to the editor

    Department of Health anniversary To the Editor: Feb. 25, 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Over the last 100 years, public health advancements including disease control, immunizations, maternal and child health, sanitation, and safer food and drinking water, have …

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  • Ideas from the Flower and Garden Show

    It was another great year at the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, held last weekend in Little Rock. As usual, I was accompanied on my work trip by Mary Jo Shivey and a few other friends who met us there. The show always has tons …

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  • Facebook fatigue

    Editor note: This is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com.   I’m turning into my father. My father was born in 1933. He was a paperboy in the days when …

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  • Why you shouldn’t tell your boss everything

    A family friend who worked at the White House said that one of the biggest challenges is deciding what to tell and what not to tell the President. There aren’t enough hours in the day to brief the boss on everything. You have to figure …

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  • Surgeon general dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. C. Everett Koop has long been regarded as the nation’s doctor— even though it has been nearly a quarter-century since he was surgeon general. Koop, who died Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H., at age 96, was by far …

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  • Billy Willis

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Billy R. Willis, 71, of Green Bay, Wis., died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Born Jan. 22, 1942, in Batesville, he was the son of William L. and Reedie W. Nixon Willis. He served in the U.S. Air Force. On May 5, …

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  • George Bone

    NEWPORT — George T. Bone, 77, of Newport died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Little Rock. Born Dec. 15, 1935, in Sidney, he was the son of Thomas Arch Bone and Dottice Myrtle Jarrett Bone. He was a 1953 graduate of Batesville High School. During …

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