Church sets special service

December 22, 2009 Central Avenue United Methodist Church will celebrate Christmas Eve with a service of lessons and carols and Holy Communion at 6 p.m. Thursday. The church is located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.The service is open to the public.

L.A.M.B. scholarship arrives at Christmas

December 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — It didn’t happen in a manger, but right here at Christmas when the coming of the Lamb of God is celebrated, the Cave City School District received a large gift — a $50,000 L.A.M.B. scholarship fund — from the estate of former student Laura Ann Miller Belcher.The scholarship’s unique name is taken from Belcher’s initials.“We’ve never had anybody set aside that much money for a scholarship,” Superintendent Steven Green said.

Woman escapes live wires

December 22, 2009 With live wires throwing sparks and burning the paint on the rear of her car, a Batesville woman fled to safety following an accident involving two power poles and a truckload of building trusses Monday morning.Police said that around 11, Jamie Lee Younger, 18, of Batesville, was sitting in a Ford Crown Victoria beside the building at TmarT #9 (formerly Godwin’s) at the intersection of White Drive and East Main Street when a truck and trailer loaded with large building trusses pulled into the parking lot.

Board listens

December 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — For more than an hour members of the Ozarka College board listened as former president Doug Rush, his attorney and others speaking on his behalf were given an opportunity “to clear his name.”The meeting came 4 1/2 years after the board fired Rush for “dishonesty, insubordination, failure to comply with state laws, and willful disregard of board policy after being warned that this would not be tolerated.”The Thursday hearing was because the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled he is entitled to an open session to clear his name.

News of Other Days

December 21, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 6, 1997.73 YEARS AGO

Family: Brittany Murphy was ill days before death

December 21, 2009 By Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment WriterLOS ANGELES — Brittany Murphy’s family told Los Angeles officials the actress was ill with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death at age 32.The 32-year-old star of films such as “Just Married,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Clueless” and “8 Mile” collapsed Sunday morning in the bathroom at her Hollywood Hills home.

Essay contest announced

December 21, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will once again be sponsoring its annual Essay Contest, open to all area youth under the age of 19 as of Dec. 31. This years’s topic is “The Internet; Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace.” Batesville Physical Therapy will offer cash prizes in the contest. First prize at the club level will receive $100; second place $50; and third place $25.

ASUMH honors students

December 21, 2009 Mountain Home —Arkansas State University-Mountain Home has announced the Chancellor’s List and the Vice Chancellor’s List for the fall 2009 semester.To be on the Chancellor’s List, students must full-time with a grade point average for the semester of 4.0. Vice Chancellor’s List designees are full-time students who have a GPA of 3.60 to 3.99.Area students on the Chancellor’s List include Dylan Budolfson, Kelly Passmore and Clint Smith, all of Salem; and Travis White of Brockwell.

Foster a pet for the holidays

December 21, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County and Petfinder.com are participating in the national “Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays” pet fostering program, according to a news release. Across the country, more than 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the community to invite a pet home for the holidays. People interested or who want more information may call the humane society at (870) 793-0090. The humane society will provide the supplies needed while the pet is fostered.

Concord hires marshal

December 21, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council met with new marshal Chris McMunn during a regular meeting last week to discuss particulars of his job, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.“He’ll be onboard about the first of January,” Pettit said.City Attorney Zack White of Heber Springs assisted in ironing out the details of the agreement.The aldermen also discussed whether to keep White as attorney. After the previous city attorney resigned in midyear, White had agreed to serve only until the end of the year.No decision was reached.