Envelope with $600 returned to woman

December 26, 2008 SEARCY (AP) - A Walmart Supercenter employee in Searcy listened to his conscience this holiday season when he came across an envelope filled with cash in a shopping cart. "I was working my shift until 11 p.m. and had about 20 minutes to go," said Brian Metz, a graduate of Harding University with a degree in Biblical languages. "I was the only cart wrangler out there. This lady handed me her cart after she finished unloading her purchases and I saw something still in the cart."

Water manager accused of taking funds

December 26, 2008 HARDY - It's been dry on Biggers Bluff. As if residents there don't have enough problems. The Biggers Bluff area was developed by Wayne Watkins, who, according to authorities, took the money and ran.

Texas pilot, wife injured

December 26, 2008 Benny and Linda Green had loaded their small airplane in Rockwall, Texas, with presents and, not unlike Santa and his reindeer, were flying into Batesville on Christmas Eve. However, something went wrong with the Texas couple's landing, sending both to the hospital.

Airport plane crash injures two

December 24, 2008 The pilot of a twin engine Beechcraft plane and his wife were injured when they ran off the end of the runway at Batesville Regional Airport around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. The pilot, as yet unidentified by authorities, suffered major head trauma. The extent of his wife's injuries are not believed to be as serious.

Sports Briefs

December 24, 2008 Pro baseball NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Clemens' former personal trainer filed paperwork preserving the right to sue the 7-time Cy Young Award winner in New York. Brian McNamee, who told federal investigators that Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, contends the pitcher defamed him after McNamee spoke to investigators for former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. The summons, filed in Queens Supreme Court last week, preserves McNamee's right to sue, Richard Emery, a lawyer for McNamee, said.

News of other days

December 24, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 5, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Arkansas College must raise $6,000 by Dec. 31 or lose more than $8,000 pledged by the state churches. Dr. W.S. Lacy, president of the college, is making an appeal to alumni and friends of the school to help raise the money. The need is urgent, Dr. Lacy said, as the money must be raised to relieve the Synod of paying $46,500.

Local offices closing

December 24, 2008 Several local, state and federal offices will close for the Christmas holiday. Christmas Eve is today and Christmas Day is Thursday. Batesville Public Schools will be out for winter break through Jan. 2, 2009. Classes will resume Jan. 5.

Service News

December 24, 2008 San Antonio - Air Force Airman Clancy H. Williams has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Tuesday’s thin coating of ice surprises Arkansans

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Some central Arkansas motorists were surprised Tuesday morning by a thin coating of ice that didn't show up until most commuters were on their way to work or at their desks. A few of those still on the road when the light rain started turning to ice went careening into other cars or ditches.

Air travel down in state this holiday season

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) - Airports in Little Rock and northwest Arkansas say fewer people are traveling by air this holiday season, with double-digit decreases projected at both airports. The Little Rock National Airport expects 99,079 passengers to go through the airport during the Christmas and New Year's period, according to advanced bookings. During the same time last year, 118,289 people traveled through the airport.