Cotter man remembers tourism efforts in 1965

November 30, 2009 COTTER (AP) — Can you imagine opening a resort on Bull Shoals Lake today without a telephone? Bill Jennings remembers the days, not so very long ago, when there was no phone service on the east side of the lake. The year? Circa 1965.“I had a darkroom in the house,” Jennings said. “I bought a postcard-sized mimeograph and (photographic) postcard stock.”

Exchange program shows student new experiences

November 30, 2009 CUSHMAN — Federica Brioschi has discovered a lot since coming to Batesville.The White River is everywhere, barbecue ribs are good and it’s easy to get lost in a new school when you have to switch classrooms.Still, the chance to be an exchange student is one the native of Lombardia, Italy wouldn’t have missed for the world.

16th DTF recognized by U.S. attorney

November 30, 2009 They may be small in numbers, but they’ve made a big impact with 85 arrests, more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine ice confiscated and seized assets forfeited totaling than $400,000.Batesville is not only the headquarters for the 16th Judicial District, but for the past four years it’s also been known to local, state and federal authorities as one of the main distribution locations for “a violent Mexican drug cartel.”

AG: Gift cards, know what you are giving

November 27, 2009  LITTLE ROCK — With the holiday shopping season approaching, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued this consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to read the fine print when it comes to gift cards.“Gift cards make great presents, but if you plan to buy some this holiday season, you should know that many stores and companies attach restrictions to them,” said McDaniel. “Consumers should take an extra few minutes at the store to make sure they are getting what they pay for.”

News of Other Days

November 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 12, 1996.

Year after NY stampede, Black Friday gets makeover

November 27, 2009 VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — Victoria Rogers had originally planned to make an early stop the day after Thanksgiving last year at the Walmart store in Valley Stream on Long Island. Her last-minute decision against it might have saved her life.“We saw the mob, and we said no,” she said. “Walmart’s not the store.”What she saw that day was no ordinary crowd of shoppers, but a throng police say jammed through the doors upon the store’s opening in a mad dash for holiday savings, trampling a guard to death.

Writer’s friend makes his own bows, arrows, buckskin attire

November 27, 2009 The longbow is a work of art, the latigo buckskin jacket and pants look soft and comfortable enough to sleep in. Even the arrows are handmade from river cane and tipped with obsidian arrowheads tied on with sinew. Each detail is painstakingly done and beautifully decorated. Drew Turner has turned back-to-basics hunting into an art form. It all started the summer of 1992 when Turner met Greg Ladner, a bow maker, and saw some of his creations. He was impressed and thought, “I can do this.” Soon Turner was spending time doing research on traditional bow making.

Holiday Ball scheduled at Powhatan

November 27, 2009 POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park’s annual Holiday Ball, featuring history, music and dancing, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12 and everyone is invited, park interpreter Kristyn Watts said.“Music and dance instruction will be provided by the 52nd Regimental String Band out of Memphis, and refreshments will be provided,” she said.Ticket prices are $10 for singles or $8 for a costumed single, and $20 per couple or $15 for a costumed couple. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the park at (870) 878-6765.

Forgery charges filed

November 27, 2009  A 30-year-old Cave City man has been formally charged with 24 counts of second-degree forgery in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.In a court affidavit, Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said the charges were filed against Jody Lee Lovell of 239 Rainbow Lane after he allegedly used a stolen check to make a purchase at the Batesville Radio Shack store.According to Barbara Lazlo of Radio Shack, Lovell came into the store on Oct. 17 and used a check on the account of Mary Jane Edwards to make a purchase.

UAMS receives $3.1M

November 27, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are working to develop medicines that counter alcohol’s toxic effects in an effort to create new treatments for alcoholism, the medical school announced Wednesday.The school said it was awarded three federal grants worth $3.1 million to advance its work on the potential treatments to prevent brain cells from damage from alcohol.