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.

Honor Roll

December 10, 2008 Southside Elementary SOUTHSIDE - The students listed below made the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Southside Elementary School, according to a news release: First: all A's - Destini Ables, Trevor Avey, Lorelai Bagwell, Emma Barker, Kiarah Benton, Ashlyn Blevins, Eli Boozer, Marshall Branscum, Jacob Brooks, Jeremy Ciamaricone, Timothy Creekmore, Cory Daniels, Kristine Dillehay, Alex Fike, Kent Garrett, Colton Goodman, Jace Grigsby, Natasha Hightower, Aleesa Holt, Molly Housdan, Destinee Hunter, Aliyha Jackson, Rynne Jefferson, Summer Jeffery, Larkin Jones, Kirsten King, Madison King, Harmonie King-Wilkey, Kendall Kourakis, Kenly Long, Cody Malone, Leksey Mason, Aaron Massey, Christain Maya, Skyla McElroy, Kallee McGhee, Felicia Middleton, Abby Millikin, Julie Nanney, Joshua Narramore, Kelsey Nunnally, Kristina Pennywitt, Briar Pratt, Haley Puckett, David Riggs, Keeley Rose, Caroline Russell, Emma Russell, Chloe Sharp, Kristen Sherrill, Tanner Sherrill, Kurstin Skinner, Lacey Slisher, Hunter Smart, Andrew Starnes, Andrew Taylor, Caleb Taylor, Morgan Teague, Kelby Thorne, Angel Tucker, Kayla Verser, Abbey Walker, Payton Walls, Olivia Williams, Robin Wilson, Autumn Winkle, Tyler Wood; general - Abie Addison, Blake Beach, Dawson Blevins, Jacob Brinsfield, Tanith Brown, Charlie Donna, Breanna Fisher, Colten Gann, Landen Gray, Brooke Hammack, Huston Harmon, Logan Huckabee, Belinda Jaco, Bailey Johnson, Sydni Joslin, Colton Langston, Chloe Low, Alexis Mcleod, Lucas Nicholson, Ethan Patterson, Savannah Roberson, Evan St. Clair, Monica Swaim, Trace Tate, Madison Vannattan, Justin Vargas, Shelby Warden, Raven Young

2008 season has Missouri wineries popping their corks

December 10, 2008 KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A year after a freak spring freeze nearly derailed the Missouri wine industry, the grape gods have been kind to vineyard owners like Sarah Schmidt - perhaps too kind. A cool, wet spring and summer produced enough grapes to fill the storage tanks at Schmidt's Baltimore Bend Vineyards with juice, fulfill all of her contracts to supply fruit to other wineries and still leave grapes hanging in her 7-acre vineyard.