Home invasion, burglary reported

December 15, 2009 While home alone Friday morning, a Southside teen got a scare when he was confronted by a stranger who kicked in a door at the boy’s home around 7:52 a.m.“The 911 call was made by the mother of the boy that was in the house at the time the door was kicked open,” Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager said.Off-duty Deputy Chris Toland heard the call and arrived approximately three minutes later, according to Luetschwager, who said the intruder was already gone when he arrived.

Triplets are Christmas ‘miracles’ for Taylors

December 15, 2009 Nine-year-old Madison Taylor always wanted a sibling.Last Christmas she got three.Chaney Wes III, Ty Eastin and Sophie Grace Taylor may not have arrived Christmas day, but for Chaney and Leah Taylor of Batesville they are nothing short of a Christmas miracle.Three to be exact.On Dec. 26 the triplets born premature at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will turn 1. For mom Leah it’s been a year full of excitement.

$200,000 bond set for shooter

December 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man accused of shooting at a vehicle, wounding a Colt woman in her head shortly before midnight Friday, remains in the Sharp County jail following a bond hearing Monday, Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said.District Judge Mark Johnson set a $200,000 “cash or pro” bond for Johnathan ‘Bo’ Hensley, Guidry said.

Townsend anticipates holiday bonuses will help stimulate Batesville economy

December 15, 2009 A hundred dollars will sure come in handy right before Christmas.Just ask the employees of Townsends in Batesville, who received $100 bonuses today. Janice Ward and Donna Gammill, who have 18 and 25 years with the company, respectively, knew right away where their money would go. “Buy Christmas,” they said.Joe Jones, who’s been at Townsend for seven months, was even more specific: “I’m going to buy my first grandchild, Amiyah, a stroller.”

End of the ’00s

December 14, 2009 NEW YORK — It began as an age of economic wonders.A time when a dot-com startup that never came close to a profit spent millions to make a singing sock puppet a star of the Super Bowl. A time when one of economists’ big worries was what might happen if unemployment fell too low. Back when Enron was a fabulous investment and subprime loans exemplified U.S. financial innovation.

News of Other Days

December 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 30, 1996. 

Economists estimate $309M Arkansas crop losses

December 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Rains late in the growing season that inundated some cropland and pummeled rice and cotton plants caused an estimated $309 million in losses, according to economists at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.The $309 million loss is equal to nearly 10 percent of the estimated total gross receipts for corn, cotton, cottonseed, grass hay, rice, sorghum and soybeans. On a per-acre basis, the average loss for the crops is $43.A final estimate for the 2009 crop year will be issued in January.

End of the’00s

December 14, 2009 LOS ANGELES (AP) — With more fads than folks at an “American Idol” audition, the past decade has been a difficult time to culturally define. One day, everyone was updating their MySpace profiles while sporting Ugg boots and sipping cosmopolitans. The next, they were creating Facebook pages while donning Ed Hardy T-shirts and downing energy drinks.

Nursing graduates honored at Ozarka

December 14, 2009 Melbourne — Practical and Registered Nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on Dec. 8. Students completing their studies in practical nursing were: Mandy Brokaw, Aaron Dailing, Joy Elrod, Lindsey Faulkner, Raegan Groves, Katie Lawrence, Meagan Hollowell-Vickers and Rebecca Whitten, all of Melbourne; Jerry Clagg of Wiseman; Kayla Finley of Sidney; Joanna Lee and Jared Middleton, both of Evening Shade; Kelly Morgan of Hardy; and Hazel Wilcox of Mammoth Spring.

Musical set for this week

December 14, 2009 Jubilee Family Church will present “A Star is Born Christmas Musical” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. “Come on out and enjoy a multimedia experience as we sing some of your favorite Christmas Songs and look at the birth of Jesus Christ,” said Tony V. Hammack, pastor.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Drive, Batesville. For more information, e-mail pastortony@jubilee-church.com, call (870) 793-9124 or visit www.tonyvhammack.com.