Land used for prayer site

November 16, 2009 CHARLOTTE — If Bryan Tuggle had seen the three crosses along Highway 25 on his way back from the liquor store, he might have stopped and his life could have taken a different turn.At the time there was no sign, at least for him, that he needed to straighten up and quit drinking and running around. Getting clean and sober wouldn’t come for a few more years.But for those traveling the road to Elgin these days, the sign is there — if they will pay heed to it.

Veterans honored; flags dedicated

November 16, 2009 CHARLOTTE — Dozens of veterans were honored Saturday following a dedication of three flags at John 3:16 Ministries, the spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug or alcohol addictions.

Heavenly sign leads woman to county jail

November 16, 2009 When personnel answered the front door buzzer of the Independence County jail Saturday night, they were greeted by a woman who said she was there to meet Jesus.Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the jail on West Main Street around 7:30 p.m. regarding the incident involving 29-year-old Rebecca D. Lee.“On arrival I spoke with Jailer Michael Rhodes who said that a female (Lee) came to the front door acting very strange and told him that Jesus gave her signs to find the jail and that she was supposed to meet him there,” Jones said.

Ark. companies to open mill

November 13, 2009 GREENVILLE, Miss (AP) — Two Arkansas companies have announced a joint venture to locate a rice mill in Greenville that will employ 60 people.Officials with International Silica Technologies of Jonesboro and Producers Rice Mill of Stuttgart announced this week that they plan to break ground on the plant in early 2010.The Delta Democrat Times in Greenville reports that an offsite facility will house the IST company headquarters and distribution center.

Survey finds Thanksgiving dinner cheaper this year

November 13, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Farm Bureau says the price of a Thanksgiving dinner dipped slightly this year, thanks to a drop in dairy prices.The bureau’s annual survey finds that a family of 10, on average, will pay $40.75 for a Thanksgiving meal. That’s down from $40.97 from a year ago. And while milk prices dropped by 60 cents a gallon, the cost of a turkey went up from 95 cents a pound last year to $1.04 a pound this year.

5 dead in 2 homes in Garland Co.

November 13, 2009 PEARCY (AP) — Authorities say they found four bodies in a burning mobile home in southwest Arkansas and an 80-year-old man was found dead inside a nearby house.A vehicle belonging to one of the victims in the doublewide trailer was found on fire in Hot Springs, 13 miles away, about the same time, said Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department.

Tree trimmer electrocuted

November 13, 2009 ROGERS (AP) — Benton County authorities say a tree trimmer was killed when he was electrocuted while trimming trees near Beaver Lake.County Coroner Daniel Oxford says 42-year-old Philip Vilella died instantly Thursday when his upper body apparently touched a power line. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins says Vilella was in a utility bucket 25 to 30 feet high when he touched the line.A spokesman for Southwestern Electric Power Company says Vilella touched a main distribution line for the neighborhood where he was working.

News of Other Days

November 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 29, 1996.

Retailers tweeting Black Friday bargains

November 13, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — You may want to check Facebook and Twitter before heading to the mall the day after Thanksgiving.Office supplies chain Staples Inc. this week used social media to advertise price cuts of nearly 50 percent for Nov. 27 on certain laptops, GPS devices and computer monitors, and other merchants are expected to follow suit.Dan de Grandpre, editor-in-chief of, said retailers are smart to use social networking sites because shoppers probably will stick around as followers of the company even after the sale.

Friday the 13th phobia? People discuss myths, realities

November 13, 2009 CHICAGO — Henry Ford would have hated 2009, and not just because it’s been a tough year to sell cars.Ford, as the story goes, refused to do business on Friday the 13th, and this week marks the third time this year that the 13th will fall on a Friday — the most times it can happen in one year.It’s a day when people rearrange travel plans, delay surgery or just pull up the covers and stay in bed until Friday the 13th turns into Saturday the 14th, convinced that even stepping out of the house would cause bad luck to find them the way an anvil finds the head of Wile E. Coyote.