Drug recognition testing comes to area

November 18, 2009 When law officers or juvenile court authorities suspect someone is impaired, several field tests are available to determine if alcohol is involved. If a person fails those field tests, he or she can be taken into custody and transported to jail for more sophisticated tests.“With alcohol, you can do field tests, but if it’s drugs and the person is obviously impaired, it’s hard to make it (an arrest or charge) stick in court,” said Robert Hutchison, director of court liaison for Health Resources of Arkansas.

Police enforcing ‘Click It or Ticket’ beginning Monday

November 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state and local law enforcement officers are hopeful for a fatality free Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Once again the officers will participate in the Click It or Ticket enforcement initiative to remind drivers and motor vehicle passengers to buckle up whether it’s a trip to the grocery store or going across state to visit family.

Gym fate in hands of public

November 18, 2009 With more than $20,000 needed to repair the roof of the old Desha gymnasium and $10,000 to maintain its utilities, the Batesville School District is putting the building’s fate in the hands of the public. The Batesville School Board agreed Monday night to consider offers from any individuals or groups who would like to take over the financial responsibilities and upkeep of the gym.

Hogs’ Clarke wins award

November 17, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke was named Southeastern Conference player of the week after scoring 51 points in a win over Alcorn State.Clarke made an SEC-record 13 3-pointers in the Razorbacks’ 130-68 victory Friday night. His 51 points set a school record.Arkansas plays No. 20 Louisville on Tuesday night.

Walmart arrest leads to racism charges

November 17, 2009 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly three years after Heather Ellis switched checkout lines at a southeast Missouri store and touched off what she calls a racially charged dispute with white customers and authorities, the young black schoolteacher faces a trial that could send her to prison for 15 years.Witnesses have told authorities Ellis cut in front of waiting customers at the Walmart in Kennett on Jan. 6, 2007, shoved merchandise already placed on a conveyor belt out of the way, and became belligerent when confronted, according to court filings.

News of Other Days

November 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 3, 1996. 

AIDS patients to president: Send more money south

November 17, 2009 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Robin Webb lived in New York City, he was treated by HIV specialists and had access to counseling and nutritional programs. Now he lives in Mississippi, where few of those services exist.Mississippi is just one of several mostly rural states across the South with a dearth of resources for HIV and AIDS patients.“Here, there’s no support group, no case management. There’s no daily reinforcement,” said Webb, 52, who has been HIV-positive for two decades.

New mammogram advice raises questions, concerns

November 17, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — For many women, getting a mammogram is already one of life’s more stressful experiences.Now, women in their 40s have the added anxiety of trying to figure out if they should even be getting one at all.A government task force said Monday that most women don’t need mammograms in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50 — a stunning reversal and a break with the American Cancer Society’s long-standing position. What’s more, the panel said breast self-exams do no good, and women shouldn’t be taught to do them.

Harrison man travels to Korea to meet mom

November 17, 2009 HARRISON — After 52 years living on opposite sides of the world, a mother and son have been reunited.Willie Whitescarver — or Jo Kyung Nam — of Harrison, and his South Korean birth mother, Choi Chun-Hak of Seoul, met for the first time in more than half a century, when Whitescarver and his children traveled to South Korea in October.

Arkansas State alum, class of ‘28, returns to campus

November 17, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State alumnus Leemon K. “L.K.” Holt, 100, was on the campus recently to have his photograph made at the historic arch for the College of Agriculture newsletter.Holt is the oldest living agriculture student, said Dr. David Agnew, associate professor of agricultural education.Holt graduated from Arkansas State in 1928 and also attended high school on campus, his daughter-in-law Linda Holt said.