News of Other Days

December 10, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 26, 1996. 

Frigid temps follow snow in Midwest

December 10, 2009 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Frigid temperatures iced the Upper Midwest as a storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in several states from Iowa to New England threatened another round today as it neared the end of its cross-country trek.Commuters from Des Moines to Chicago were warned of morning temperatures reaching 10 degrees at best and icy roads. Wind chill values could dip as low as negative 25 in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.

End of the ’00s

December 10, 2009 Katrina natural disaster, just made worse by man 

Solar power coming soon to U.S. retailers

December 10, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install.Lowe’s has begun stocking solar panels at its California stores and plans to roll them out across the country next year.This shows how far the highest of the high-tech alternative energy technologies has come. Solar power is now accessible to anyone with a ladder, a power drill, and the gumption to climb up on a roof and install the panels themselves.

Bond set at $100k for gun possession

December 10, 2009 Bond has been set at $100,000 for a man arrested following a traffic accident Nov. 23. The high bond is the result of him being charged as a felon in possession of a firearm, a class B felony.The charge was made in an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office by Independence County Detective Rob Leonard.Leonard said that Deputy Randy Sharp responded to a call of a possible drunk driver who had ran off the road and become stuck in a ditch on Allen Road.

Craighead District Court fees found illegal

December 10, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A Craighead County circuit court judge has ruled that some fees assessed by a district court judge are illegal.The county and eight cities now face repaying former defendants the $35 fees that were assessed when the defendant’s changed their plea from not guilty to guilty.Circuit Judge Randy Philhours said in an opinion Tuesday that the fees by District Judge Keith Blackman are “indefensible” and “clearly and grossly improper.”Blackman declined comment.

Be a Santa to a Senior program to hold wrapping party

December 10, 2009 The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program has extended the date for collecting Christmas presents, announced Clay Talley, franchise owner with Home Instead Senior Care in Mountain Home.Anyone who has picked up an ornament may bring gifts to the wrapping party at 7 p.m. Monday at Rolling Hills Nursing Home, or contact Home Instead at (870) 425-0700 or 1-877-425-9071. Rolling Hills will provide refreshments and entertainment for the wrapping party. To help deliver gifts before Christmas, call Talley at the numbers listed above.

Searcy suspends tax collection

December 10, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — The Searcy City Council has suspended collection of advertising-and-promotion taxes and will schedule a vote on the taxes.Aldermen voted 7-1 Tuesday night to stop collecting the 1 percent tax on restaurant meals and the 3 percent tax on hotel stays.The council had approved the taxes in July as a way to pay for park and recreational improvements. But a group of local citizens have opposed the tax and a pending lawsuit calls for an election on whether to approve the taxes.

Christmas concert set

December 10, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne High School band and choir will present their annual Christmas concert at 7 Monday night in the high school gym.Admission is free and open to the public. 

Customer gets 600th haircut at Anderson brothers’ shop

December 10, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — After 50 years F.B. Headstream knows when he has a good thing going.Receiving haircut No. 600 at Anderson Brothers Barber Shop on Tuesday, Headstream’s reason for why he keeps returning to the shop owned and operated by twin brothers Hairl and Fairl Anderson for a half-century is simple.“Oh, I just like ’em,” the 88-year-old said, sitting in Hairl’s chair. “I like the way they do business. They’ve been good to me.”After one haircut a month each year for the last 50 years, Headstream of Salado doesn’t see a reason to change things now.