Icy ‘blessing’ Families, electrical crews find shelter at Quail Valley

February 2, 2009 Penelope Kourakis had heard the expression "he would give the shirt off his back," but it never seemed to be anything more than an expression. That was until Friday when Chris Chandler, of John 3:16 Ministries, gave her his sweatshirt because she was cold inside the Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church gymnasium.

Curfew imposed

February 2, 2009 ASH FLAT - With about 40 percent of its area still without power, the City of Hardy has instituted a dusk to dawn curfew until further notice, Mayor Nina Thornton said. Forty-two National Guardsmen are helping out, with the first ones arriving late Saturday and helping patrol the darkened town that night.

Making progress

February 2, 2009 People buying generators in the hopes FEMA will reimburse them for the cost may be in for an unhappy surprise. Glen Willis, director of the Independence County Office of Emergency Management, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is in the process of doing "preliminary assessments" in the different counties affected by last week's ice storm, but right now it is not doing any individual assistance programs.

Man shot to death in domestic dispute

February 2, 2009 CAVE CITY - A domestic disturbance in Cave City turned deadly about 9:23 p.m. Saturday when Vernon "J.W." Humphries was shot in the chest with a .40-caliber pistol. The alleged assailant may face a murder charge, authorities said.

Power slowly being restored: Customer information offices to be opened

January 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK - Power is slowly being restored to Arkansas Entergy customers who are without service due to the major ice storm that began Tuesday, Entergy comunications manager Dan Daughtry and director of distibution operations Brady Aldy said about noon today.

News of other day

January 30, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 13, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO After receiving many solicitations from friends, Hugh Gennings said today that after due consideration he had decided to enter the race for city marshal in the city election April 7.

Man charged in two burglaries; bond set at $100,000

January 30, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 24-year-old Southside man for three counts of commercial burglary, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk's Office. Named in the affidavit and arrested on the burglary charges is Dayton Cliff Carpenter of 2799 Batesville Blvd.

Residents still struggling

January 30, 2009 VELVET RIDGE - Icicles crashed to the ground from electrical wires as Jimmy Eason carefully walked across his yard to the red Ford F-150 he had slept in the past two nights. "I'm sleeping in a car, which is just fine," the elderly Eason said. "There's nothing wrong with a car. Every couple of hours I turn it on; I let it run for 10 minutes and that keeps it pretty warm."

Work continues to get power restored

January 30, 2009 With plenty of helping hands, progress is being made. And it was news Les Frensley, customer service manager for Entergy Arkansas in Batesville, was glad to report this morning. At about 6 a.m., 7,300 homes in parts of Sharp, Izard and Independence counties were still without power. "We've made some real good progress," he told the Guard this morning by phone.

News of other day

January 29, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 12, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Work will start Monday morning on the WPA nursery school project here in conjunction with the state Department of Education following the raising of $150 by the Batesville Kiwanis Club, which assumed this obligation Friday.