Sheriff reminds citizens: Don’t drink and drive

December 22, 2008 MELBOURNE - The Izard County Sheriff's Department, along with local Arkansas State Police officers has intensified their efforts during this holiday period to get drunk drivers off of the highways, county roads and streets of Izard County.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 22, 2008 Modern Woodmen donate to school's Angel Tree Batesville Modern Woodmen of America members recently donated food, clothes and toys for the Cedar Ridge Angel Tree as part of the organization's Care and Share Program.


December 22, 2008 Morgan Breann Hill Derek and Sabrina Hill and Braxton of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 16, 2008. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 9.4 ounces and has been named Morgan Breann Hill.

4-legged friend helps man maintain blood sugar

December 22, 2008 SEARCY (AP) - Man's best friend is proving to be even more valuable to a local diabetic who uses a medical-alert dog to warn him of dangerously low blood-sugar levels. When a diabetic's blood sugar plummets during sleep, or perhaps while that person is awake but distracted, danger could be minutes away. To address that situation, common among severe diabetics, Billy Teague, 61, has acquired Malone, an Irish setter who accompanies him wherever he goes.

Crash kills one, injures another

December 22, 2008 A one-car crash on Highway 167 north of Batesville claimed the life of one man and seriously injured another early Sunday morning. The driver, Sean A. Baldridge, 19, of Mammoth Spring, was killed and 19-year-old Kyle L. Welch of Hardy was seriously injured, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page.

Harmon achieves career goal at UACCB

December 22, 2008 Four years ago, Sandy Harmon of Batesville was laid off from Arkansas Eastman and decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong career goal. Harmon received a $5,000 retraining program allowance that she used to begin earning her practical nursing degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

‘Christmas gift’ of historical photos found

December 22, 2008 Picture this - you're cleaning out from underneath a cabinet and find boxes and boxes of historic pictures. That happened Thursday afternoon to local chamber of commerce leaders Jonah Shumate and Lacy Tilley.

News of other days

December 19, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 2, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Jack Bailey of Ada, Okla., 50-year-old blacksmith and former resident of West Batesville, was found hanged to a rafter in his blacksmith shop Thursday. Bailey owned and operated a blacksmith shop here on the present site of the City Laundry about 16 years ago.

Oil Trough, Mtn. View hunters bag elk

December 19, 2008 COMPTON - The just-ended December elk hunt in the Buffalo River country was notable from several aspects. Women hunters, including Virginia Sullivan of Oil Trough and Loretta Trammell of Mountain View, dominated the successes.

Louisiana lodge offers hunting, fishing, comfort

December 19, 2008 Ducks of just about every color and size traded back and forth around our blind in the middle of an open lake in the freshwater marsh of southwest Louisiana. Flocks of pintails, teal, gray ducks (gadwalls), widgeons, shovelers and even an occasional mallard all flew just out of reach of our shotguns.