AG: Gift cards, know what you are giving

November 27, 2009  LITTLE ROCK — With the holiday shopping season approaching, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has issued this consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to read the fine print when it comes to gift cards.“Gift cards make great presents, but if you plan to buy some this holiday season, you should know that many stores and companies attach restrictions to them,” said McDaniel. “Consumers should take an extra few minutes at the store to make sure they are getting what they pay for.”

News of Other Days

November 27, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 12, 1996.

Year after NY stampede, Black Friday gets makeover

November 27, 2009 VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — Victoria Rogers had originally planned to make an early stop the day after Thanksgiving last year at the Walmart store in Valley Stream on Long Island. Her last-minute decision against it might have saved her life.“We saw the mob, and we said no,” she said. “Walmart’s not the store.”What she saw that day was no ordinary crowd of shoppers, but a throng police say jammed through the doors upon the store’s opening in a mad dash for holiday savings, trampling a guard to death.

Writer’s friend makes his own bows, arrows, buckskin attire

November 27, 2009 The longbow is a work of art, the latigo buckskin jacket and pants look soft and comfortable enough to sleep in. Even the arrows are handmade from river cane and tipped with obsidian arrowheads tied on with sinew. Each detail is painstakingly done and beautifully decorated. Drew Turner has turned back-to-basics hunting into an art form. It all started the summer of 1992 when Turner met Greg Ladner, a bow maker, and saw some of his creations. He was impressed and thought, “I can do this.” Soon Turner was spending time doing research on traditional bow making.

Holiday Ball scheduled at Powhatan

November 27, 2009 POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park’s annual Holiday Ball, featuring history, music and dancing, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12 and everyone is invited, park interpreter Kristyn Watts said.“Music and dance instruction will be provided by the 52nd Regimental String Band out of Memphis, and refreshments will be provided,” she said.Ticket prices are $10 for singles or $8 for a costumed single, and $20 per couple or $15 for a costumed couple. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the park at (870) 878-6765.

Forgery charges filed

November 27, 2009  A 30-year-old Cave City man has been formally charged with 24 counts of second-degree forgery in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.In a court affidavit, Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said the charges were filed against Jody Lee Lovell of 239 Rainbow Lane after he allegedly used a stolen check to make a purchase at the Batesville Radio Shack store.According to Barbara Lazlo of Radio Shack, Lovell came into the store on Oct. 17 and used a check on the account of Mary Jane Edwards to make a purchase.

UAMS receives $3.1M

November 27, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are working to develop medicines that counter alcohol’s toxic effects in an effort to create new treatments for alcoholism, the medical school announced Wednesday.The school said it was awarded three federal grants worth $3.1 million to advance its work on the potential treatments to prevent brain cells from damage from alcohol.

Prison chief retiring in wake of woes

November 27, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas prisons director Larry Norris is retiring after a 16-year tenure rocked in recent months by misconduct allegations within the system.Spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Wednesday that Norris, 61, plans to retire effective Jan. 4. She said Norris told Gov. Mike Beebe and members of the state Board of Corrections on Monday of his plans, and that no replacement has been named.Tyler said Norris had not been forced out of his job. She said he simply decided the time was right for him to retire, and that Norris plans to spend more time with his family.

BJHS, BHS to present concerts

November 27, 2009 The Batesville Junior and Senior High School choral department will present its winter concerts 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lyon College’s Brown Chapel. Admission is free. “Many secular and Chritmas tunes will be be presented along with duets and trios,” a news release states.

Craft fair planned for Dec. 5

November 27, 2009 The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches will host its 24th annual Country Christmas Craft Fair Dec. 5 at the campus near Batesville. The fair is one of the most well-known activities sponsored by the ranch, which is in its 33rd year of providing permanent homes for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected, according to a news release. Campuses are also located at DeGray and Mulberry. From the money generated at the craft fair, the children earn dollars for Christmas and the cottages earn funds for vacations or special events.