Club News

December 11, 2008 Independence County 4-H Horse Club The Independence County 4-H Horse Club met on Dec. 8 at the Foothills Cowboy Church. The meeting was called to order by Monique Glen, the president. Kayla Lee, secretary, called roll. There were 14 members present of which five were boys and nine were girls. Adult 4-H leaders were Rhea Jennings, Rachel Collins and Corinna Hix. Special guest were Lance and Beth Hames and 4-H members' parents.

Student dies from injuries

December 11, 2008 An Izard County girl died this morning from injuries she received in a car accident. According to Cpl. Ronnie Stewart with the Arkansas State Police, 16-year-old Kailey Moss died at 8:37 a.m. today at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Harps still on go

December 11, 2008 SOUTHSIDE - Plans for a Harps Grocery in Southside are still ongoing. Scott Wood of Woodland Commercial Park, LLC said he is still in contract negotiations with Harps, but the state of the economy "has slowed things down."

Garner lauded with award

December 11, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - President Bush has commended Carl Garner, 92, of Tumbling Shoals with the President's Volunteer Service Award honoring his lifelong advocacy for a litter-free Arkansas. Matt McKenna, president of Keep America Beautiful Inc., presented the commendation at the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Clean & Green Symposium in November in Little Rock.

Golden has local address

December 11, 2008 ASH FLAT - If Andrew Golden, now legally known as Drew Douglas Grant, wanted his new identity to remain a secret, he never should have applied for a concealed-carry handgun permit. He also should have moved further away from where he, at age 11, and then-13-year-old Mitchell Johnson shot and killed four students and a teacher at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro 10 years ago and wounded several others.

Concealed-carry request rejected

December 11, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A man who as a child joined a classmate in gunning down four students and a teacher in a 1998 Jonesboro middle school shooting applied for a concealed-carry permit under another name, but regulators denied his request, a state police spokesman said Wednesday.

Judging the 16th

December 11, 2008 As the trial judge listened he often smiled and at other times laughed out loud as the tales told focused on his life from an outright rogue, to a man who could conquer evil single-handedly. After years of dealing with juvenile delinquents, ruling on land disputes and watching "I do" turn to "I don't," the man who has judged the 16th Judicial District will retire at the end of this year.

Sports Briefs

December 10, 2008 Football NEW YORK (AP) - Billy Cannon has lived through the highest highs and lowest lows. As an electrifying running back at LSU, he became an All-American, a Heisman Trophy winner and a national champion. He was smart enough to become a dentist and misguided enough to become a bankrupt convicted felon.

News of other days

December 10, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 21, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO The Rev. Elnathan Tartt, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church for the past six years, has announced his resignation, effective Monday. No special reason was given for the resignation. While the Rev. Tartt has made no statement, it is thought he will assume new duties Jan. 1.

Education Briefs

December 10, 2008 Parents, students help needy families MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Pleasant Elementary students, parents, teachers and staff recently participated in a Thanksgiving Food Drive for the community. Students in grades K-6 began collecting canned and nonperishable food items on Nov. 12 and continued until Nov. 25. At that time all food collections were divided into boxes to be distributed to 15 families in the Mount Pleasant area. Each of the grocery boxes contained a turkey.