BIRTHS

December 3, 2008 Humberto Alvarez Humberto and Adriana Alvarez, Cindy and Dariela of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 26, 2008. The baby weighed 7 pounds, .4 ounces and has been named Humberto Alvarez.

Area Briefs

December 3, 2008 Water board to hear updates SOUTHSIDE - The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet in the authority office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear a progress report on the ongoing wastewater system construction, Manager John Richardson said.

State wants impromptu trash bins gone

December 3, 2008 PINE BLUFF (AP) - State officials want to rid Arkansas highways of homemade trash bins that line many roadsides, but owners of the bins say they want rolling bins or some other alternative as a replacement.

Local I.O.O.F. lodge wins higher education award

December 3, 2008 JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown Lodge No. 352 of the International Order of Odd Fellows was notified over the weekend that it won an international award, Noble Grand Master Vernon Inman said. The lodge won the International Order of Odd Fellows Award to Higher Education and was mailed a certificate bearing the signatures of I.O.O.F. Sovereign Grand Master Richard S. Kim and Ruth M. Battaglia, president of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies.

Recipients of U.N. trips chosen

December 3, 2008 JAMESTOWN - Two local students will be traveling to Philadelphia, New York and Ontario, Canada, next summer, courtesy of the Jamestown Lodge No. 352 of the International Order of Odd Fellows. They will also visit the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield national park, the Smithsonian Institution and Niagara Falls. A visit to the Statue of Liberty and attending a Broadway play are also on the agenda.

Home once used as apartments, restored for single-family use

December 3, 2008 Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series detailing the homes on the Christmas Tour of Historical Homes, sponsored by the Batesville Preservation Association. The tour will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (870) 793-7739.

Christmas Brings Hope accepting applications

December 3, 2008 The 2008 Christmas Brings Hope drive is under way and applications will be taken for just a few more days, according to chairman Ted Hall. The drive assists more than 1,000 families annually, Hall said.

39th prepares for home; 56th prepares for Victory

December 3, 2008 BAGHDAD - After 227 days of braving the elements of sand, wind and heat, it's time to come down - mission accomplished. The journey downward brings a sense of pride among those present as it signifies an end to the mission. And as the Bowie flag continues its decent down the flagpole to the waiting arms of veteran soldiers Staff Sgt. James Howard and Master Sgt. John Doss, it starts to sink in a little more. This is not a desert mirage; no, it's the real thing: "We're going home!"

Sports Briefs

December 2, 2008 College soccer CONWAY (AP) - Central Arkansas' men's soccer team is joining the Missouri Valley Conference. The school said it would host a news conference today to announce the new league affiliation. Central Arkansas is a member of the Southland Conference in other sports, but that league does not offer men's soccer.

News of other days

December 2, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 13, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO An order in Chancery Court was received here this morning authorizing J.F. Grammer, special deputy bank commissioner in charge of the insolvent North Arkansas Bank, to distribute a five percent dividend to the depositors. This will be the fifth dividend to have been paid since the bank closed here Nov. 17, 1930, Mr. Grammer said. This makes a total of 35 percent received since the bank closed.