Area Briefs

December 17, 2008 Angel Tree pickup date changed The Angel Tree pickup date has been changed to Friday due to inclement weather. The time is still from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the location is still the Independence County Fairgrounds.

Man arrested for drugs

December 17, 2008 A 34-year-old Newark man was arrested at Moore's Dairy Cream after police received a call in reference to a man there that might be drunk. Independence County Sheriff's Cpl. Duane Grice said when he arrived at the Newark eatery he went inside and found a man leaning against the counter talking to an employee about buying cookies.

Santa suit, underwear target of alleged shoplifter

December 17, 2008 Thong underwear and a Santa suit were among items reportedly shoplifted by a Newport woman at Walmart Wednesday afternoon. Store personnel called the police on Jane K. Perkins, 23, after she reportedly loaded a shopping cart with three storage boxes, a sweatshirt, floral bath box, a pair of panties, a thong and a Santa suit and tried to leave the store without paying.

Three jailed after near crash with cop car

December 17, 2008 An ordinary day for Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler went downhill fast when a car nearly hit him head-on Sunday morning. Byler said he was driving north on Davis Lane in west Batesville around 11 a.m. when a car turned out of Davis Lane Trailer Park onto Davis Lane so fast it came across the center line and forced him to take to the ditch to avoid a crash.

Police plan pond dive in search for missing woman

December 17, 2008 Police and family members say they have no new clues regarding the disappearance of a Newark woman Friday, according to Lt. Brenda Bittle with the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Jennye L. Davis, 31, was living with her parents at 515 E. Fourth St. when she disappeared.

Icy roads keep some people in

December 17, 2008 From chili to soup and crackers, bread, eggs and milk, shoppers filled their grocery carts with enough items to make a few days stuck indoors a little more comfortable. But according to Kroger Co. co-manager Josh Patterson, shoppers didn't wait for the first drops of sleet and freeziång rain to hit before coming in to stock up at the Batesville store.

Sports Briefs

December 16, 2008 Baseball PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jamie Moyer agreed to a $13-million, 2-year contract that keeps the 46-year-old left-hander with the World Series champion Phillies. Philadelphia also confirmed it has a preliminary agreement with pitcher Chan Ho Park, a one-year contract worth $2.5 million. And on a busy day of Phillies' news, All-Star second baseman Chase Utley said he is recovering well from hip surgery and hopes to be ready for opening day.

News of other days

December 16, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 28, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Hundreds of sorrowing friends overflowed the First Methodist Church Sunday afternoon in a silent tribute to I.N. Barnett, a beloved and successful businessman, a noble and upright character, a useful citizen, a loving father and profound Christian, who died Saturday morning.

Desha gets courier service

December 16, 2008 DESHA - Mark McIntire, owner/operator of Fetch It Fer Ya, says he has a solution for people who don't have enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. McIntire, who has a background in delivery service, has announced the opening of a business and residential courier service, which is available six days a week. Hours are from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Newark store has new owners

December 16, 2008 NEWARK - The newly opened Front Porch Antiques, Collectibles and Gifts Mall at Newark has everything from Arkansas-made craft and food products to antique furniture and Indian artifacts. Located at 249 Point Ferry Road next to the Entergy power plant, among the specialty gift items carried by Front Porch Antiques is a large line of Jubilee Food Products made in Arkansas.