Airport plane crash injures two

December 24, 2008 The pilot of a twin engine Beechcraft plane and his wife were injured when they ran off the end of the runway at Batesville Regional Airport around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. The pilot, as yet unidentified by authorities, suffered major head trauma. The extent of his wife's injuries are not believed to be as serious.

Sports Briefs

December 24, 2008 Pro baseball NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Clemens' former personal trainer filed paperwork preserving the right to sue the 7-time Cy Young Award winner in New York. Brian McNamee, who told federal investigators that Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs, contends the pitcher defamed him after McNamee spoke to investigators for former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. The summons, filed in Queens Supreme Court last week, preserves McNamee's right to sue, Richard Emery, a lawyer for McNamee, said.

News of other days

December 24, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 5, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Arkansas College must raise $6,000 by Dec. 31 or lose more than $8,000 pledged by the state churches. Dr. W.S. Lacy, president of the college, is making an appeal to alumni and friends of the school to help raise the money. The need is urgent, Dr. Lacy said, as the money must be raised to relieve the Synod of paying $46,500.

Local offices closing

December 24, 2008 Several local, state and federal offices will close for the Christmas holiday. Christmas Eve is today and Christmas Day is Thursday. Batesville Public Schools will be out for winter break through Jan. 2, 2009. Classes will resume Jan. 5.

Service News

December 24, 2008 San Antonio - Air Force Airman Clancy H. Williams has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises and special training in human relations.

Tuesday’s thin coating of ice surprises Arkansans

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Some central Arkansas motorists were surprised Tuesday morning by a thin coating of ice that didn't show up until most commuters were on their way to work or at their desks. A few of those still on the road when the light rain started turning to ice went careening into other cars or ditches.

Air travel down in state this holiday season

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) - Airports in Little Rock and northwest Arkansas say fewer people are traveling by air this holiday season, with double-digit decreases projected at both airports. The Little Rock National Airport expects 99,079 passengers to go through the airport during the Christmas and New Year's period, according to advanced bookings. During the same time last year, 118,289 people traveled through the airport.

Rare dolls on exhibit at Arkansas Capitol

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - What child wouldn't want his or her very own Douglas MacArthur doll? Douglas MacArthur, the original G.I. Joe, is on display at the Arkansas State Capitol at Little Rock. The doll, c. 1942, is on loan from the Jefferson County Historical Museum.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 24, 2008 Strawberry River DAR to meet HARDY - The Strawberry River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its January meeting on the 3rd at the Manse at the Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy at 1 p.m.

BIRTHS

December 24, 2008 Luis Aaron Olmedo Gonzalez Jose Luis and Rosario Gonzalez and Samantha of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 20, 2008. The baby weighed 8.5 pounds and has been named Luis Aaron Olmedo Gonzalez.