Newark man’s death ruled suicide

December 18, 2008 The death of a 58-year-old Newark man at his home Tuesday afternoon was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Chris Toland said he was dispatched to 419 E. South St. around 4:40 p.m. regarding a possible suicide and was met at the door of the home by Karen L. Martin, who said her husband was in the back bedroom.

Appeals court reverses Entergy rates decision

December 18, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Public Service Commission must recalculate some figures regarding Entergy Arkansas' finances, but a proposed $5.13 million rate cut can move forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Beebe: tax cut needed despite tight budget

December 18, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe said today he gave himself an escape clause from his pledge to cut the grocery tax by saying the reduction would depend on the economy, but would not fall back on that condition despite the tight budget.

Wilson honored

December 18, 2008 Harold B. Wilson has been named as the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Community Leadership Award. "This is really an honor," Wilson said in a recent interview. He received the award Wednesday night during the White River Shrine Club awards banquet at the Batesville Country Club.

Postal bandits still at large

December 18, 2008 ASH FLAT - Authorities in four counties and a U.S. postal inspector are looking for two young men and a young woman in regard to break-ins at rural post offices, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Football Briefs

December 17, 2008 National Football League NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Former NFL star Michael Vick could be out of federal prison and in a Virginia halfway house by Jan. 20, one of his attorneys told a federal bankruptcy judge.

News of other days

December 17, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 29, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Batesville and Independence County contributed $45.06 to the Will Rogers Memorial Fund, Cledice Jones, county chairman, said today. The drive closed Saturday.

Illinois hog cooperative faces dissension

December 17, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Meadowbrook Farms Cooperative opened a $28 million plant in 2004 with fanfare and big expectations, figuring it might become a model for improving what then was the state's declining pork industry.

Water for crops, cities slashed

December 17, 2008 FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Bush administration has told state and federal officials to slash the amount of water sent to irrigate crops and fill city taps in order to save a California native fish from extinction.

Master Gardener training offered

December 17, 2008 ASH FLAT - Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken in Sharp, Izard, Fulton and Independence counties for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others.