Sports Briefs

December 5, 2008 National Football League MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge will be asked to decide today whether five suspended NFL players deserve a chance to play this weekend. At issue is whether the league had a duty to notify its players and their union that a dietary supplement the five took contained a banned ingredient. The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit claiming the NFL knew about the tainted supplement but failed to share that information with players whose careers were on the line.

News of other days

December 5, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 18, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Nearly 100 sports fans, coaches of Arkansas College, Batesville High School, their assistants, members of Arkansas College and the high school football teams, and members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club attended the football banquet in the Barnett Hotel Friday night. The Rev. Herndon McCain, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, was master of ceremonies.

Stocking restrictions lifted on two lakes

December 5, 2008 BULL SHOALS (AP) - Due to improved dissolved oxygen conditions on the Bull Shoals and Norfork tailwaters, fish stocking restrictions have been lifted. Matt Schroeder, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission trout management biologist, explained that destratification is a result of decreasing temperature and increasing density of the top layer (epilimnion) of Bull Shoals Lake. "When surface temperature and density of the epilimnion reach that of the bottom layer (hypolimnion) the lake mixes or turns over," Schroeder said.

Deer hunting: Big business for little stores

December 5, 2008 COMBS (AP) - There may not even be a horse in this one-horse town. People drive through here to get somewhere else. There are no traffic signals, no neon lights, not even a working gas pump. "Don't blink or you'll miss it" applies.

Nature center to open near Clinton presidential library

December 5, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is to open a new nature center in Little Rock, the last of four of the centers that were built with money from a 1/8-cent sales tax approved in 1996.

Hard luck hunter asks, ‘Anybody want to buy a gun?’

December 5, 2008 The sky was just lighting up on the edges as we made our way into a little patch of national forest that always holds squirrels. After walking about half a mile as the sun gradually leaked through the leaves, squirrel sign started showing around the bases of trees - pine cone bits, pieces of white oak acorn shells. It was still too early for bushytails to be jumping about; it was the quiet time, just before everything starts chirruping, barking or eating.

Soldier sentenced in baby’s death

December 5, 2008 SEARCY (AP) - An Arkansas soldier has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his infant stepson. Patrick West pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of 5-month old Aiden Turnage. Authorities say Aiden suffered several skull fractures after he was slammed into a railing.

Tire fire breaks out at Arkansas industrial park

December 5, 2008 CAMDEN (AP) - A warehouse for Cooper Tire Company in Camden containing 100,000 tires caught fire Thursday. Officials are investigating the cause, and say the tires could burn for several days. Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Barnett said firefighters were called to the scene at Highland Industrial Park about 2 a.m. The building frame collapsed later and the fire spread throughout the 200,000-square-foot building.

Family raises sweet potatoes

December 5, 2008 WYNNE (AP) - The Matthews family has been raising sweet potatoes outside Wynne for over a hundred years. It's a sweet business, to get those orange beauties from their fields to your kitchen. You have to look hard to find a sweet potato farm in Arkansas. There are relatively few compared to our Southern neighbors.

Izard County JPs attend last meeting

December 5, 2008 MELBOURNE - Tuesday evening's Izard County Quorum Court meeting was the last for four justices of the peace. New faces will be seated at the quorum court in January. Leaving are JPs Thomas Rushin, Bill Savell, David Sherrell and Clovis Vest. Glendon Everett, Neil Olan, Karla Rush and James Simmons will be the new JPs on the quorum court.