Teddy Bear Ministry receives donation

December 16, 2008 The cupboards in Jim Black's office at White River Medical Center are stuffed with penguins, rabbits and - of course - lots and lots of teddy bears. Opening a door might result in a furry critter tumbling out onto Black's desk.

Batesville to annex Cushman District

December 16, 2008 CUSHMAN - Batesville will annex Cushman next year. Representatives from both school boards met Monday night - despite icy roads. "We all came in four-wheel drives, and Batesville came up in a four-wheel drive," Cushman Superintendent Gary Anderson said this morning.

Christmas Brings Hope, food to needy families

December 16, 2008 As it has for over 20 years, a large group of volunteers from across Independence County came together to provide boxes of food to the less fortunate Saturday morning. Ted Hall, with the Christmas Brings Hope program, said volunteers delivered 1,150 food boxes to families in Independence County in this year's food drive.

Rain, sleet turn roads dangerous

December 16, 2008 Motorists inched along this morning on slippery bridges, overpasses and roads, after freezing rain left a coating of ice on many state roads and highways. In central Arkansas, traffic crept along Interstate 430 this morning, while many truck drivers pulled aside near the Interstate 40 interchange to avoid the icy roads.

News of other days

December 15, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 27, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Ira Nelson Barnett, 69, veteran merchant and banker of Batesville and well known throughout all of north Arkansas, died this morning at 6 a.m. following an illness of two weeks. His entire family was with him when he passed away. His condition was regarded as critical for the past several days.

Blanchard caverns offer photo tours

December 15, 2008 MOUNTAIN VIEW - Blanchard Springs Caverns will offer three special photo tours next year starting in February. The price for the tour will be a special rate of $20 per adult. No other discounts apply.

Alcohol, drug arrests keep Izard deputies busy

December 15, 2008 MELBOURNE - The Izard County Sheriff's Department arrested a woman on late afternoon on Dec. 9 after Deputy Carl Russell saw a vehicle being driven with two flat tires in the downtown area of Calico Rock.

Businesses to have open houses

December 15, 2008 Sherwood Urgent Care, a community clinic facility, and Diamond Design Salon, both of Batesville, have announced plans to hold holiday open houses. At Sherwood Urgent Care, attendees may meet the care providers, view the new facilities and enjoy holiday refreshments from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The clinic is located at 1547 Harrison St.

Man loses car, goes to jail

December 15, 2008 A call of a suspicious man trying to get into cars at the local Walmart resulted in an alcohol/drug-related arrest of a Horseshoe Bend man Thursday night. Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby Moser said he responded to the call just before 8 p.m. and made contact in the parking lot with a man later identified as 32-year-old Phillip Barnes.

Actor Van Johnson, ’40s heartthrob, dies at 92

December 15, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) - Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday of natural causes. He was 92.