C-Ridge board to meet

December 14, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Newark Elementary Library where it discuss using the Oil Trough gym.Other items on the agenda include discussion of the soccer fields, preschool/day care program and financial reports. Meetings are open to the public. The library is located at 3549 Cord Road, Newark.

Zoning, planning commission to meet tonight

December 14, 2009 The Batesville zoning and planning commission will meet at 6 tonight at city hall.On the agenda for the planning commission is a request by Al Crouch for final plat approval for a new subdivision off Gap Road as well as a continued public hearing for conditional use permits.The meeting is open to the public.

Probe continues in death from fall at bluff

December 14, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities in Baxter County are investigating why a man fell to his death from a high bluff along the White River.Charles E. Ragland, 37, of Mountain Home died Wednesday at the bluff near Norfork. Elizabeth S. Hubbard, 40, of Mountain Home, also fell. She survived but suffered a head injury and multiple broken bones.Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said alcohol appeared to be a factor.

Sheriff: Be on look out for fake checks

December 14, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has received information that two Hispanics, one man and one woman, are in this part of the state and are suspected of passing fake payroll checks in the name of Tyson Foods. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said they are reported to be driving a red Nissan van with either California or Alabama tags. Merchants should be alert in taking checks from persons unknown to the business. Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle is asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.In unrelated activity:

Family, friends remember children

December 14, 2009 “Merry Christmas up in Heaven, Logan Dee Taylor. I love you, Bub.”“Megan Ann Hall, We will always love you and miss you. Aunt Cindy.”“You are missed.”“Our beloved grandbabies.”“Forever in our hearts.”The messages on the lighted luminaries were varied around one central theme: The grief of losing a child.Sunday night, around 90 people came out for The Compassionate Friends’ Candlelighting and Memorial Tree Decorating Service.

Modern Grinch gets caught

December 14, 2009 ASH FLAT — He was making his list and checking it twice, he knew who was being naughty and nice, but William Andrew Villari made one mistake — he got caught in one of the houses he broke into.Now, he’s charged in Sharp County Circuit Court with residential burglary and several counts of theft by receiving.Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said Villari’s role as a Christmas Grinch began to unravel Wednesday when the sheriff’s office received a call from homeowner Rick Miller who reported he came home to find two men at his home at 560 Antioch Road in Evening Shade.

News of Other Days

December 11, 2009  Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 27, 1996. 

DIY gifts cost less, mean more

December 11, 2009 If ever there has been a year to give a homemade holiday gift, this is it. The economy’s in the dumps and budgets are tight. Gift-givers have to be more creative than ever if they want to delight their friends and family with something unusual.Meanwhile, business is booming in the world of homemade crafts. Not only has scrapbooking launched an industry of its own, but the notion of do-it-yourself has produced thousands of new products, services, classes, and ideas that now jostle for space on the Web and in stores.With all these choices, here are some ideas:

Game, fish commission public meeting format changes for 2010 regulations

December 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Beginning in January, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be using a new model for public meetings on the regulation setting process. The hunting regulation meetings will follow this format. Instead of 12 public meetings across the state, there will be a single meeting in Little Rock on from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 5. That meeting will be followed by a TV show from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 7 on the AETN network.