John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

December 15, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is again selling smoked turkeys and hams for Christmas. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each, and that includes tax.To place an order, call Dane Bawcom at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.John 3:16 is a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions. It is funded solely on private donations.

Calvary choir to present Christmas cantata

December 15, 2009 The Calvary Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will present the Christmas musical “Hope Has Hands” at 10 a.m. Sunday in the church’s sanctuary. According to a news release, the cantata looks at the Messiah’s birth through the eyes of Simeon and Anna, narrated by Larry and Cathy Davis, as Simeon longed to see the Savior of the world born and the prophesies of old fulfilled. The choir is under the direction of Larry Poff.

No suspects in break-ins, horse theft

December 15, 2009 Independence County authorities have no suspects in a series of thefts that have occurred across the county in the past few days, according to police reports.Tuesday afternoon Melissa Story of Cave City reported her purse and all its contents stolen from her car while she ran inside a Batesville residence to pick up her son.

Home invasion, burglary reported

December 15, 2009 While home alone Friday morning, a Southside teen got a scare when he was confronted by a stranger who kicked in a door at the boy’s home around 7:52 a.m.“The 911 call was made by the mother of the boy that was in the house at the time the door was kicked open,” Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager said.Off-duty Deputy Chris Toland heard the call and arrived approximately three minutes later, according to Luetschwager, who said the intruder was already gone when he arrived.

Triplets are Christmas ‘miracles’ for Taylors

December 15, 2009 Nine-year-old Madison Taylor always wanted a sibling.Last Christmas she got three.Chaney Wes III, Ty Eastin and Sophie Grace Taylor may not have arrived Christmas day, but for Chaney and Leah Taylor of Batesville they are nothing short of a Christmas miracle.Three to be exact.On Dec. 26 the triplets born premature at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will turn 1. For mom Leah it’s been a year full of excitement.

$200,000 bond set for shooter

December 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man accused of shooting at a vehicle, wounding a Colt woman in her head shortly before midnight Friday, remains in the Sharp County jail following a bond hearing Monday, Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said.District Judge Mark Johnson set a $200,000 “cash or pro” bond for Johnathan ‘Bo’ Hensley, Guidry said.

Townsend anticipates holiday bonuses will help stimulate Batesville economy

December 15, 2009 A hundred dollars will sure come in handy right before Christmas.Just ask the employees of Townsends in Batesville, who received $100 bonuses today. Janice Ward and Donna Gammill, who have 18 and 25 years with the company, respectively, knew right away where their money would go. “Buy Christmas,” they said.Joe Jones, who’s been at Townsend for seven months, was even more specific: “I’m going to buy my first grandchild, Amiyah, a stroller.”

End of the ’00s

December 14, 2009 NEW YORK — It began as an age of economic wonders.A time when a dot-com startup that never came close to a profit spent millions to make a singing sock puppet a star of the Super Bowl. A time when one of economists’ big worries was what might happen if unemployment fell too low. Back when Enron was a fabulous investment and subprime loans exemplified U.S. financial innovation.

News of Other Days

December 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 30, 1996. 

Economists estimate $309M Arkansas crop losses

December 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Rains late in the growing season that inundated some cropland and pummeled rice and cotton plants caused an estimated $309 million in losses, according to economists at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.The $309 million loss is equal to nearly 10 percent of the estimated total gross receipts for corn, cotton, cottonseed, grass hay, rice, sorghum and soybeans. On a per-acre basis, the average loss for the crops is $43.A final estimate for the 2009 crop year will be issued in January.