Bears hold memories

November 2, 2009 Verena Herrin wanted a way to remember her mother, so she made a teddy bear from an old quilt. After Herrin’s husband, Thomas, of 37 years died in January 2008, she made a memory bear from one of his flannel shirts. Now, she’s become the first volunteer in the Arkansas Department of Health Hospice’s Memory Bear Program.———“I like to sew,” said Herrin, who has made everything from Halloween costumes, dolls and toys to the occasional curtains, pillows and purses. Herrin also enjoys cross-stitching and quilting but said she’s never learned to crochet or knit.

Flood survivor threatened

November 2, 2009 Angry that a friend had died in a drowning earlier in the day, a Batesville man reportedly got drunk and went to the home of the man he felt was responsible and threatened him with a gun.Independence County deputies were dispatched to 100 Brashers Lane around 9:30 p.m. Friday after a 911 call reported that 54-year-old Nolan Hennings was at that address with a gun and wanting to shoot Jerry Hudson.Before the first officer could arrive, police were notified that Hennings had been disarmed, but was still in the front yard of the residence.

News of Other Days

October 30, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 12, 1996. 

Quota hunts canceled

October 30, 2009 Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge has canceled the 2009 Modern Gun Quota Deer Hunts, said Bernie Peterson of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.“Record rains have caused unprecedented flooding along the Ouachita River in both  Arkansas and Louisiana,” Peterson said. “At the current levels there is not enough available area that is not flooded to conduct these hunts safely. Information on this closure will be sent to permit holders with further details.”

Why not be tourist in your own state, columnist asks

October 30, 2009 Imagine big rainbow trout leaping out of quartz-clear water. Now, picture yourself floating gently down the river, fighting that leaping fish to the net. Taking advantage of world class trout fishing is easier than you might think.North Arkansas is the location, and fall is the perfect time to fish the White River.  Tourists are no longer crowding the water and the fish are biting. Enjoy fall colors as you leisurely float downriver, catching your lunch and viewing some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

Man held for deportation after wreck

October 30, 2009  A man who reportedly said he was in the U.S. illegally is in the Independence County jail facing several traffic charges and possible deportation back to Mexico.David Pedraza, 26, of 535 W. Mark St., was arrested around 9:20 Wednesday night when he was stopped for speeding after allegedly leaving the scene of a private property accident, according to deputies Randy Jones and Patrick Collins.Jones said he was dispatched to Taco Bell on St. Louis Street where someone had hit a car and then left without telling anyone.

Trapping to be demonstrated

October 30, 2009 Jill Easton will demonstrate methods of trapping at 2 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum. She will also speak about her experience in the field, and tell about other trapping adventures.Although Easton started trapping only a few years ago, she is known to have reached a skill level that matches and goes beyond some trappers who have been at it for decades, according to a news release.


October 30, 2009 Chase Fraser’s name was left out of Wednesday’s Guard, featuring Newark Elementary fourth grade honor roll. He made all A’s for the first nine weeks.


October 30, 2009 Incorrect information was provided in Wednesday’s Guard of Midland’s pumpkin carving night on page 7. Beth Ratton is pictured with others at the event.

Time to change

October 30, 2009 Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, and the public is reminded to change its clocks.DST begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.Fire officials also say this is a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors.