Area Briefs

September 25, 2008 Writer to speak at Lyon Award-winning writer Lia Purpura will be at Lyon College as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Purpura will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Bevens Music Room.

Banks get 5-star rating

September 25, 2008 With so much bad news about the current economic crisis and the soundness of financial institutions being a concern, recognition of outstanding performance from one of the nation's leading bank rati

Ruling expected on wet-dry

September 25, 2008 ASH FLAT - Three of the most central figures in Sharp County's wet-dry issue took the stand Wednesday in a civil trial to determine whether the question will be put to voters in November.

Rockin’ on Front Street: Tribute to Bob Kind set

September 25, 2008 NEWPORT - Front Street in Newport will be rockin' with 1950s style rockabilly music from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, according Henry Boyce, organizer of the 11th annual Depot Days festival.

NFL Briefs

September 24, 2008 HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans plan to play their home opener at hurricane damaged Reliant Stadium on Oct. 5.

News of other days

September 24, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 5, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO

Nut sale under way

September 24, 2008 ASH FLAT - The Sharp County Conservation District has announced that its annual nut sale is under way. Orders may be placed until Nov. 3. The nuts will arrive before Thanksgiving.

‘Pear decline’ seen in Bradford Pears

September 24, 2008 We're seeing several Bradford pear trees in the area with reddish leaves that are falling prematurely. It looks like fall has come early for these trees but it could be a symptom of a disease calle