Children pick presents

December 17, 2009 Malicki couldn’t wait to ride his new green bike when he got home, so he rode it around the store instead. With Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Gene O’Brien and his foster parents tagging along behind, the 10-year-old pedaled the two-wheeled bicycle carefully down the aisles of the Batesville Walmart Tuesday night in search of a ramp to go along with his new toy. “I think he’s going to find it, too,” O’Brien said with a laugh while walking alongside Debra and Raymond Owens, Malicki’s foster parents and grandparents.

Vote halts building purchase

December 17, 2009 MELBOURNE — Sealing the $240,000 deal to buy a former drugstore came unraveled after members of the Izard County Quorum Court could not come to an agreement.At a special meeting Tuesday night four of the justices of the peace expressed concern about the cost and other factors and voted against the transaction.Before the in-depth discussion began, Izard County Judge Rayburn Finley said he felt he had been “put on the spot” after the JPs authorized him to make an offer and then balked at moving forward.

News of other days

December 16, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 1, 1997.

End of the ’00s

December 16, 2009 Climate’s lost decade now leads to a ‘last’ decade

Stone County Farm Bureau garners President’s Award

December 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Stone County is the state’s top county Farm Bureau organization for 2009. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach presented the President’s Award Dec. 3 to Stone County President Leo Sutterfield.The presentation took place at the organization’s 75th Annual Convention at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock.

Cold weather, hay storage makes for a bad combination

December 16, 2009 Agriculture/4-HBeef cattle are kept in many climatic regions and, except for some intensive production systems, are largely exposed to naturally occurring climatic conditions. Therefore, they are well adapted to stand extremes in climatic conditions. In recent weeks, temperatures in Arkansas have fluctuated from near 10 degrees to the upper 60 degrees.

End of the ’00s

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Evangelist Oral Roberts dies in Calif. at age 91

December 16, 2009 TULSA, Okla. — Oral Roberts, who helped pioneer TV evangelism in the 1950s and used the power of the new medium — and his message of God’s healing power — to build a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, died Tuesday. He was 91.Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, Calif., according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday.

Ozarka still registering students

December 16, 2009 Melbourne — Those who did not take advantage of the early registration for spring 2010 last month can attend registration after the holiday. On Jan. 5-8 registration will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all three Ozarka College locations in Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View. Classes begin Jan. 11, and a complete schedule can be found at, or at any Ozarka location. Ozarka College offices will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 4.