Church to host Christmas musical

December 16, 2009 White Drive Baptist Church will host a Christmas musical entitled “Night of Wonder, Night of Joy” at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.Choir members are Gerri Longo, Teresa Dodd, Carrie Hipp, Joyce Ranew, Jeni Bullard, Lisa Baker, Susan Queen, Kendra Queen, Jessica Greenwood, Darlene Greenwood, Nicky Bullard, Ashley Dodd, Kaitlin Longo, Paul Queen, B.J. Clark, Scott Bullard, Curtis Sipe, Adam Dodd and Kevin Schertz.Narrators are Dimmick Bymaster and Adam Adair,

ArkansasKids.com gets new look

December 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — ArkansasKids.com, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Web site for kids and families, has undergone a complete redesign. The original 2001 site was initially geared towards parents to help plan family trips, find activities for their children and to assist with Arkansas history classes.

UACCB honors nursing students

December 16, 2009 Thirty-nine registered nursing students received their pins Friday night during a pinning ceremony at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.The ceremony recognized the following graduates from the Guard service area:Batesville — Candena Marie Fuller, Debbi J. Goodwin, Johanna Rea, Susan J. TeffsEvening Shade — Wendy Alane MillerHighland — Andrea ThompsonMountain View — Kristine J. Gingerich, Erica Dawn MayNewport — Shelly Stacener YorkPleasant Plains — Tracy Bonee, Jenifer Lynne Hess, Jessica Cook Moody

Desha man dies in one-vehicle crash

December 16, 2009 The weather was clear and road conditions were dry when Roy Turner Brister lost control and crashed his 2002 Lexus Tuesday afternoon, according to a police report.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Collins said the 63-year-old Brister, of 1865 Locust Grove Road, was killed around 5:30 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve while traveling northbound on Jamestown Road, about 1.8 miles south of Desha.

Local baseball player found dead

December 16, 2009 A 23-year-old Drasco man who had been drafted by the Minnesota Twins was found dead Tuesday at a home in Clearview, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Deputy Wayne Green said he was dispatched to 35 Carol Lane around 5:40 Tuesday morning in regards to a death. Green talked with the homeowner, Robert Francis, who said Lee Martin had come over and stayed with his son, Kyle Francis, and another friend, Shane Tucker of Batesville, in their pool house.

Concord star athlete remembered

December 16, 2009 Lee Edwin Martin will be remembered as a naturally gifted athlete, a small-town boy who made it to the big leagues.The son of Karl and Becky Martin of Drasco, Lee Martin, 23, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins to pitch. His career ended Tuesday after he was found dead in a home in Batesville.“He was probably one of the two most naturally gifted athletes I’ve worked with, both baseball and basketball,” said Coach Mark Rush, who now coaches baseball at Batesville High but coached Martin at Concord. “He was an outstanding athlete all the way around.”

Suspended chief resigns at Mayflower

December 15, 2009 MAYFLOWER (AP) — The suspended police chief of Mayflower has resigned during an investigation of a convicted felon accused of impersonating a police officer.Richard Shaw delivered a letter to Mayor Randy Holland on Monday saying he’s resigning as of Dec. 6. The letter is dated Dec. 1.It mentions “recent allegations of impropriety” but does not elaborate and Shaw could not be reached by the Associated Press for comment.

Suspended chief resigns at Mayflower

December 15, 2009 MAYFLOWER (AP) — The suspended police chief of Mayflower has resigned during an investigation of a convicted felon accused of impersonating a police officer.Richard Shaw delivered a letter to Mayor Randy Holland on Monday saying he’s resigning as of Dec. 6. The letter is dated Dec. 1.It mentions “recent allegations of impropriety” but does not elaborate and Shaw could not be reached by the Associated Press for comment.

Schools added to fiscal distress list

December 15, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Board of Education is adding three more schools to the state’s fiscal distress program, and administrators of a Newton County district announced a plan to try to avoid consolidation.The Forrest City, Wickes and Yellville-Summit districts were added to the fiscal distress program Monday because of spending that is depleting their reserve funds.

News of Other Days

December 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 31, 1996.