90-year-old ’bootlegger’ fined in White County

December 22, 2008 BEEBE (AP) - Police hope a recent case against a 90-year-old "bootlegger" will send the message that selling alcohol without a license, especially to minors, won't be tolerated in Beebe. Police began an investigation after getting complaints from parents that a local man was selling liquor to their children. Parents claimed that 15- and 16-year-olds were buying beer, whiskey and gin from the man from his home, Police Chief Wayne Ballew said.

Town to vote on Sunday liquor sales

December 22, 2008 PYATT (AP) - Pyatt residents can purchase liquor in their town six days a week. In February, they will decide whether to add the seventh day. The Marion County Election Commission has authorized a Feb. 10 election on Sunday liquor sales in the tiny north Arkansas town. Currently, only one store, LJ's Liquor, would be affected by the proposal.

10 years later Hutchinson says he has no impeachment regrets

December 22, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Ten years after he argued before the U.S. Senate that Bill Clinton should be turned out of office for lies he told in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't have any regrets for being one of House managers in the 1999 impeachment trial.

Letters to Santa

December 22, 2008 Dear Santa, I'm really looking forward to Christmas. I will try to make the German cookies when you come. Then I'll get a bag of carrots for the reindeer. Do you know my cat Smokey from last year? He will be glad to see you when you come.

Area Brief

December 22, 2008 Sharp JPs to meet tonight ASH FLAT - The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the main courtroom in the county courthouse in Ash Flat to consider a "cleanup ordinance," County Judge Larry Brown said.

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.