Local soldier returning to Iraq

January 5, 2009 Last-minute errands to run and people to see, new digital recording equipment to hook up and - perhaps most importantly - soaking up every minute with his wife and infant son. Sgt. Frank Vaughn has the drill down. This isn't his first rodeo. Last week, he left his family for training in New Jersey, then will be going on to Iraq, where he will be for several months.

Football Briefs

January 2, 2009 CLEVELAND (AP) - As their courtship with Scott Pioli continued, the Cleveland Browns postponed an interview with Atlanta President Rich McKay and talked to New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

News of other days

January 2, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 22, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO The Rev. Earle Cravens, pastor of the Central Avenue Methodist Church, suffered a fractured rib and numerous bruises when the automobile in which he was riding went in a ditch 200 miles from Washington, D.C. Dr. O.E. Goddard, another passenger in the car, sustained bruises but no broken bones.

Area Briefs

January 2, 2009 Board of adjustment/planning to meet Monday The board of adjustment and planning commission for Batesville will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday at city hall to elect new officers and conduct business.

New Madrid activity discussed at meeting

January 2, 2009 Batesville is within the perimeters of the area that will have damage in the event there is another earthquake on the New Madrid fault. "We're concerned, given the historical evidence of what has happened in the past with the New Madrid Seismic Zone," said Scott M. Ausbrooks, one of two guests at the Batesville Rotary Club meeting Monday. Ausbrooks is a geohazards and environmental geology supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey.

Circuit clerk retires

January 2, 2009 After 30 years in the Independence County Circuit Clerk's office, Claudia Nobles has handed off the job of chief deputy to someone else. Nobles retired Wednesday when the county courthouse closed at noon for the New Year's holiday.

Video leaked of Alamo child

January 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK - A teenage follower of jailed evangelist Tony Alamo described a life devoted to mission work, passing out tracts on mass suicides and seeing signs of the end times in natural disasters during a videotaped state interview leaked to the Internet.

Couple has ‘Faith’ on New Year’s Day

January 2, 2009 Rebecca Miller knew something was different Wednesday when Laura Faith wasn't being the active baby she normally was and had been after nine months inside the womb. "She just got real still and quiet," Rebecca said. "She just didn't do that."

News of other days

January 1, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 19, 1996. 74 YEARS AGO Harney Chaney has been appointed receiver for the Batesville Country Club, and all parties desiring to use the club will be required to see Mr. Chaney.

The top 10 stories during 2008

January 1, 2009 By The Associated Press The Top 10 stories in Arkansas during 2008, as selected by Associated Press-member broadcasters and newspapers, as well as AP's Arkansas staff. 1. Bad weather including tornadoes, floods and the remnants of hurricanes Ike and Gustav rake the state, leaving massive damage and deaths in their wakes.