Expenses increasing

December 15, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas legislators have received about $4.1 million in expenses so far this year, suggesting an upward trend in what they seek for mileage, travel and daily allowance to serve their constituents.

Friends remember children during candlelight ceremony

December 15, 2008 Candles were lit and tears were shed, but the glow from the annual Candlelighting and Memorial Tree Decorating Service will stay with bereaved family members who were there to honor the memory of their children who have died.

Teens charged in school prank

December 15, 2008 NEWARK - Throwing around the contents of a cafeteria refrigerator and spray-painting a pink Mohawk on a pig may have been fun at the time, but three teenagers have found themselves suspended from school and facing multiple charges following a Friday night prank.

News of other days

December 12, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 26, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO A.S. Gilbreath, newly elected superintendent of the Masonic Orphans Home here, is expected to arrive Sunday and begin his duties Monday morning, local officials have announced. Mr. Gilbreath, who comes highly recommended, succeeds Mrs. E.M. Callaway, who left this week and is now making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Guy Woodard at Marion.

Jury deadlocks in murder trial

December 12, 2008 BENTONVILLE (AP) - A judge declared a mistrial in the murder trial of a Gravette man accused of killing his brother, then burying the body in a shallow grave. The mistrial was called Thursday after jurors couldn't agree on a verdict for Joel Bullard, who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his brother, Darrell Bullard. The jurors were deadlocked 11-1 and told Circuit Judge David Clinger that they would not be able to agree on a verdict.

Store known for unique holiday window displays

December 12, 2008 HOT SPRINGS (AP) - The creative wheels in Leland Felix's brain keep on turning. For nearly 40 years, the business owner has come up with new ideas for the Felix Brace and Limb Co. Inc.'s annual Christmas window display.

People hunt in order to participate in nature

December 12, 2008 When the average hunter or fisherman is asked why he or she hunts or fishes, one of the most common reasons given is, "For the meat." That's a good and valid reason, and it's one of the reasons I mention when I'm asked that question.

‘Refusing to quit’ Silver Stars rain on 10 soldiers for Afghan battle

December 12, 2008 FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Capt. Kyle Walton remembers pressing himself into the jagged stones that covered the cliff in northeast Afghanistan. Machine gun rounds and sniper fire ricocheted off the rocks. Two rounds slammed into his helmet, smashing his head into the ground. Nearby, three of his U.S. Army Special Forces comrades were gravely wounded. One grenade or a well-aimed bullet, Walton thought, could etch April 6, 2008 on his gravestone.

Tips for Christmas tree trains offered

December 12, 2008 Looking for a train to put around the Christmas tree? Here are some tips on how to choose the right one. •?Decide whether the train is more for a Christmas decoration or a new hobby. A complete starter set, which can run about $200-$300 and includes everything from the track to the transformer, is the easiest way to set up a Christmas decoration.

Christmas tree trains keep on chugging

December 12, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Forsyth's best Christmas was when he woke up to a train chugging around the tree, a conductor's hat and a little pair of overalls. So he makes sure to put a train around his Christmas tree each year.