45 employees cut from flooring plant

January 19, 2009 MELBOURNE - Forty-five employees learned Friday they no longer had jobs. Columbia Flooring officials notified employees at the Melbourne manufacturing facility that reductions will take place as the company manages production to parallel consumer demand, according to information released from its main headquarters in Danville, Va.

Man dies in jail

January 19, 2009 ASH FLAT - A man arrested for a fifth offense of driving while intoxicated was found dead hours later in his cell in the Sharp County jail, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

3 armed robbers at large

January 19, 2009 Back-to-back armed robberies were reported in two area counties Friday night and may be connected to other armed robberies in the area. The first incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. just as Keri Rogers was on duty and preparing to close the KMACKS convenience store at East Main Street and White Drive in Batesville.

Cedar Ridge coach killed

January 19, 2009 NEWARK - Over 200 people gathered Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil in honor of Steve Cremeens, who died in a car accident over the weekend. Students, faculty and family lined the baselines of the Cedar Ridge softball field to remember a man who touched their lives with his genuine personality and distinct character.

Baseball Briefs

January 16, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens' former personal trainer Brian McNamee met this morning with federal prosecutors building a case against the 7-time Cy Young Award winner. McNamee arrived at the U.S. Attorney's office accompanied by two lawyers. When asked by reporters if he wanted to comment, McNamee shook his head no.

News of other days

January 16, 2009 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 30, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Some human fault inside the plane and not any mechanical trouble caused the crash of the American Airlines giant transport ship, the "Southerner," which hit the ground in a swamp near Goodwin in east Arkansas Tuesday, taking the lives of 17 persons, according to the present opinion of officials of the Air Commerce Bureau. The crash has been termed the greatest in American commercial air history.

Family & Friends Briefs

January 16, 2009 Honors Day set for Jan. 24 The fourth Lyon College Honors Day is set for Jan. 24 with approximately 75 high school seniors attending. This is a chance for students and their parents to visit campus, talk with faculty members and meet future classmates, according to a news release. Just for participating students will receive no less than $6,500 per year for four years and have the chance to win full tuition, which totals $74,000 over four years.

Area Briefs

January 16, 2009 Woman's death ruled accidental Toxicology reports aren't complete yet in the case of an Oil Trough woman found dead in her camper trailer Monday, but her death is currently being ruled as accidental, according to Independence County Sheriff's Lt. Brenda Bittle.

‘Living Off the Land’ exhibit scheduled

January 16, 2009 The opening of a new exhibit at Old Independence Regional Museum will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 25. "Living Off the Land … Season by Season" is the exhibit theme for all of 2009. "Spring: Time to Plant" is the first segment of the four-part exhibit. Every two months another "Season" exhibit will be added. Curated by Twyla Wright and Nelson Barnett, the spring display includes a breaking plow and double shovel plow that were once used on a farm near Calamine. Panels of photographs and text show how mule-drawn plows were replaced by iron-wheel tractors.

One block at a time

January 16, 2009 While 9-year-old Tera Culp worked to feed the material through the sewing machine, her instructor reminded her that going slow would give her more control. Judith Dierkes, an artist-in-residence at West Magnet Visual & Performing Arts, has been introducing third- and fourth-grade students to the art of using buttons and bobbins to learn about the history of their school.