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.

Massage therapist relocates

December 16, 2008 Massage therapist Barbara Barnes is announcing the relocation of her business, Touch of Class Massage, to the Glen Marc Shopping Center at 960 23rd St. in Batesville. Barnes said she is not only moving to a new location, but she has acquired a new license as well, that of a state certified instructor.

Wheelchair overturns; Huttig man drowns

December 16, 2008 HUTTIG (AP) - Authorities say a Huttig man drowned after his motorized wheelchair flipped on top of him in a watery ditch. The Union County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Leamon Earl Thomas was driving his wheelchair near his home Friday when he got stuck in the grass. Authorities say Thomas tried to move the chair forward when it rolled down the side of the ditch and flipped, pinning him face down underneath it.

Arkansas suffers steady layoffs amid slow economy

December 16, 2008 By Kelly P. Kissel Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK - Word that a rail car maker in Paragould could have enough work to last through Christmas was the bright spot Monday amid a steady stream of layoff notices that is dragging down Arkansas' economy and its people.

Two arrested in 1992 killing

December 16, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sixteen years after Dan Coleman was killed, his wife and a suburban St. Louis firefighter face charges related to the crime. Both James Kornhardt, 49, and Karen Coleman, 54, were charged Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one count of murder for hire.

Nation’s first face transplant done in Cleveland hospital

December 16, 2008 CLEVELAND (AP) -The nation's first near-total face transplant has been done on a woman at the Cleveland Clinic, the hospital announced Tuesday. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow replaced nearly all of the woman's face - 80 percent - with that of a dead female donor in an operation a couple weeks ago.