Angel Tree seeks help

December 7, 2009 The Angel Tree still has 290 names of children to give out and time is running out, according to a news release.The United Way of Independence County has extended the last day to pick up an angel name to Dec. 14.  United Way also needs volunteers at the fairgrounds on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 to help take in and distribute presents. Call (870) 793-5991 to volunteer, take a name, or give a donation. 

Batesville BPW dissolves

December 7, 2009 The Batesville Business and Professional Women has been dissolved, according to Merry A. McSpadden.Any former member or relative of a former member wishing to donate any BPW related memorabilia may call McSpadden at (870) 793-3027.

ES schedules Christmas play

December 7, 2009 EVENING SHADE — Students of Evening Shade Math and Science Academy will present “Our Gift to You” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Burt Reynolds gymnasium.Admission is free.

One dead in Izard crash

December 7, 2009 A Melbourne man was killed in a one vehicle crash just before 7 p.m. Friday, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Brandon Cook.Cook said Louie Barnes, 68, was traveling south on Highway 69 spur (0.1 mile north of Highway 69) when he lost control of his 2002 Ford pickup truck on a curve.Cook said Barnes then left the roadway and struck a utility pole and was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2009 JONESBORO ­— Vernon Stone was asleep in his bunk 68 years ago when the bombing began.Today, the 87-year-old veteran recalls running to the main deck to see what would later be remembered as a “Day of Infamy.” Stone’s bunk was located one deck below the ship’s main deck. “I went top side and saw the Japanese planes dropping bombs. I went back down and within a minute or two we were hit with two bombs, one aft (rear) and one forward,” he said. “The next thing I heard was a horrific explosion. I found out later it was the Arizona,” he said.

Survivor back for 1st time since war

December 7, 2009 PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Retired firefighter Ed Johann was a teenage apprentice seaman on Dec. 7, 1941, when he spotted Japanese planes coming in over Pearl Harbor.He thought they were U.S. aircraft conducting drills until explosions and flames erupted from stricken ships in the harbor.Then came screams of sailors; the stench of burning oil and flesh.The 86-year-old Oregonian is due to return today to Pearl Harbor for the first time since World War II to attend a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the attack.

News of Other Days

December 4, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 19, 1996.

Frozen plumbing is no pipe dream

December 4, 2009 TEXARKANA, Ark. — Frozen or broken water pipes can cause damage to homes during extreme cold, and homeowners should take steps to ensure their plumbing is safe, said Doug Petty, Miller County Extension staff chairman for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.“If pipes in the walls aren’t properly insulated, they can freeze and rupture,” he said. A crack in a pipe just one-eighth of an inch thick can release up to 250 gallons of water a day — soaking floors, rugs and furniture.Make sure to take steps to prevent damage. These include:

4-H contest winners move up to district

December 4, 2009 Several Independence County 4-H’ers will be moving on to a regional competition after the county Illustrated Talks competition on Nov. 16 at Southside Middle School. Twenty-four 4-H’ers participating in the local contest. This activity is important in devolving the life skills of public speaking, according to the Extension office. The winners will be eligible to participate at the Regional O’Rama at Jonesboro in June. They are as follows:HealthCloverbud — Natasha Hightower, Diamond T, first;

Man in power chair killed

December 4, 2009 PARAGOULD (AP) — Police at Paragould say they’re investigating the death of a man who suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a vehicle as he guided a motorized chair along U.S. 49-B. The vehicle then apparently sped away.Officers say David Brian Smith was found in a ditch by a passerby about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital, but pronounced dead about midnight.Police say they’ve located a suspect vehicle, which matches evidence collected at the scene, but no arrest has been made.