White Co. family named as finalist

December 2, 2009 SEARCY — Jeremy Gillam’s dad always intended for his eldest son to learn by doing. Part of that process was allowing him to figure things out for himself.“Dad drove me to the farm, let me out of the truck and said, ‘I know you’re ready for this,’” Gillam recalls. “Then he drove away, and I don’t think I saw him again for a week.”Jeremy Gillam was 23.He describes his dad as being a “hobby” farmer. “He enjoyed growing things and experimented with a little of this and a little of that, but it was more of a place for him to relax from his real job,” Gillam said.

News of Other Days

December 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 17, 1996.

Teacher looks to donors via Web for class materials

December 2, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City resource teacher Amanda Kazzee is hoping to help her students get the classroom materials they need thanks to the online education charity DonorsChoose.org.One of Kazzee’s projects, “Read All About It,” is currently being highlighted by the charity formed to help teachers obtain materials through donations.If successful the project will provide “special needs resources and experiences for 55 students to better prepare them for college and college-level work,” a news release states.

Coordinator discusses program activities

December 2, 2009 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center is busy with activities among children and families in preparation for the holiday season. Children at the center are quick to tell visitors how they are helping others who need food. Their little faces beam as they excitedly point out the food collection boxes located throughout the center for Christmas Brings Hope, which in past years has provided excellent learning opportunities.

Christmas memories sought

December 2, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 9.

Craighead jailer pleads guilty

December 2, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — The chief jailer at the Craighead County Detention Center has been suspended after pleading guilty to assault and disorderly conduct charges.Fifty-six-year-old Alfreda Hampton was fined and ordered to enroll in an anger management class after pleading guilty Monday to third-degree assault on a family member and disorderly conduct.

Device found outside jail after bomb threat was fake

December 2, 2009 TEXARKANA (AP) — Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall says a device found in the parking lot of the county jail after a bomb threat was not a real bomb.A bomb squad from Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La., used a robot to examine the device Tuesday and determined it was a hoax. It was found in a garbage bag and wrapped in the Aug. 29 edition of the Texarkana Gazette which featured a story about changes and improvements made by the sheriff at the jail.Stovall says the incident appears to be a political statement and will be turned over to the FBI to investigate.

State revenues dip in November, fueled by refunds

December 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas finance officials say the state’s revenues fell $16.2 million below expectations last month, fueled by one-time corporate and sales tax refunds.The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said today the state’s net available revenues in November totaled $391.6 million, which was $63.6 million below last year. The state saw decreases in individual income, sales and corporate taxes last month.

Dixie Chicks lawsuit dismissed

December 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against the Dixie Chicks by the stepfather of one of the three 8-year-old boys killed in West Memphis 15 years ago.Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of Stevie Branch, claimed that singer Natalie Maines accused him of being involved in the deaths of the three boys. Hobbs cited a letter Maines posted on the Dixie Chicks’ Web site and remarks she made at a rally in Little Rock in 2007.

Lotto critics to seek repeal

December 2, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Critics of Arkansas’ lottery are appearing before lawmakers to talk about repealing the law that set up the state-run games.The House and Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs committees plan to meet jointly today to discuss a proposal by Sen. Sue Madison that would repeal the state law establishing the lottery commission. Voters approved a constitutional amendment last year authorizing the state to start a lottery for college scholarships.