Postal bandits still at large

December 18, 2008 ASH FLAT - Authorities in four counties and a U.S. postal inspector are looking for two young men and a young woman in regard to break-ins at rural post offices, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Football Briefs

December 17, 2008 National Football League NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Former NFL star Michael Vick could be out of federal prison and in a Virginia halfway house by Jan. 20, one of his attorneys told a federal bankruptcy judge.

News of other days

December 17, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 29, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Batesville and Independence County contributed $45.06 to the Will Rogers Memorial Fund, Cledice Jones, county chairman, said today. The drive closed Saturday.

Illinois hog cooperative faces dissension

December 17, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Meadowbrook Farms Cooperative opened a $28 million plant in 2004 with fanfare and big expectations, figuring it might become a model for improving what then was the state's declining pork industry.

Water for crops, cities slashed

December 17, 2008 FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Bush administration has told state and federal officials to slash the amount of water sent to irrigate crops and fill city taps in order to save a California native fish from extinction.

Master Gardener training offered

December 17, 2008 ASH FLAT - Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken in Sharp, Izard, Fulton and Independence counties for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others.

N.D. officials discuss bovine TB

December 17, 2008 BISMARCK, N.D. - After months of studying information on its neighbor's livestock, North Dakota's Board of Animal Health could decide this week whether to change import restrictions on Minnesota cattle that have been in place for nearly a year.

Agritourism workshop offered

December 17, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - Several agencies including Arkansas Audubon and the University of Arkansas Extension Service are offering a five-day Nature of Agritourism workshop Feb. 8-12, based from DeWitt, said Dan Scheiman, Audubon's bird conservation director.

Conservationist gives tips on helping wildlife survive

December 17, 2008 When temperatures nosedive and you start piling on the layers, it's important to remember the wildlife. Since wildlife can't crank up the heat or throw on a parka, they may need a little help from you to survive winter storms and cold snaps.

Prosecutors agree to skip trial in police shooting

December 17, 2008 MEMPHIS (AP) - A prosecutor will not appeal a judge's decision to let two Arkansas police officers avoid trial in the shooting death of a passenger in a car they chased into Tennessee. Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said Tuesday he will follow the state criminal court judge's ruling earlier this month, though he still contends that pretrial diversion program for the officers is not appropriate.