News of Other Days

December 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 23, 1996.

5 two-year colleges make list

December 8, 2009  LITTLE ROCK – Five Arkansas two-year colleges were recently named among the “Fastest-Growing Public Two-Year Colleges” by Community College Week.

Alcohol, drug arrests made – Theft also reported

December 8, 2009 Three people were arrested on either alcohol- or drug-related charges over the weekend, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Michael Darr said he was patrolling on East Harrison Street around 3 a.m. Friday when he came up behind a red Dodge Durango swerving between the yellow and white lines on the highway before it suddenly sped away, reaching a top speed of about 70 miles per hour.

Townsley named to lotto board

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Connie Townsley of Batesville, White River Petroleum, has been named to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s Retailer Advisory Board. Townsley is one of 10 Arkansas retailers appointed to the board by Arkansas Lottery Commission Chairman Ray Thornton. These appointments were recently confirmed by the entire commission.

Ozarka is closer to expansion

December 8, 2009 Melbourne — In October of this year, Ozarka College officials announced preliminary planning for expansion at the Mountain View facility, after the College’s Board of Trustees had unanimously approved a resolution to provide construction funding through institutional bond restructure at their quarterly meeting held in September.

Hastings to host ‘Southern Girls’ signing

December 8, 2009 A book signing for “Open before Christmas: Holiday Tales from Six Southern Gals” will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings bookstore in Batesville. Linda Creech Moser of Batesville and Charlene Creech of Jonesboro, two of the six authors of “Open Before Christmas” will sign their book that is a collection of Christmas stories, poems and “recipoems.”

AHPP to host history walks

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Walks Through History” and “Sandwiching in History” tours will visit historic properties across the state during 2010, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced.In the “Walks Through History” program, AHPP historians each month provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas. The tours all begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The 2010 schedule includes:

Weight loss group to meet

December 8, 2009 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic (formerly known as North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control). For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Studio to present recital

December 8, 2009 Weston Music Studio will present a Christmas recital at 6 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, located at 2005 White Drive.Participating in the recital will be 52 young performers, who will present seasonal favorites as well as songs with a theme of fairy tales and fantasy pieces.

UAW holding food drive

December 8, 2009 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Bonanza Restaurant in Pocahontas.Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the annual food drive.