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.

Harmon achieves career goal at UACCB

December 22, 2008 Four years ago, Sandy Harmon of Batesville was laid off from Arkansas Eastman and decided it was time to fulfill a lifelong career goal. Harmon received a $5,000 retraining program allowance that she used to begin earning her practical nursing degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

‘Christmas gift’ of historical photos found

December 22, 2008 Picture this - you're cleaning out from underneath a cabinet and find boxes and boxes of historic pictures. That happened Thursday afternoon to local chamber of commerce leaders Jonah Shumate and Lacy Tilley.

News of other days

December 19, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 2, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Jack Bailey of Ada, Okla., 50-year-old blacksmith and former resident of West Batesville, was found hanged to a rafter in his blacksmith shop Thursday. Bailey owned and operated a blacksmith shop here on the present site of the City Laundry about 16 years ago.

Oil Trough, Mtn. View hunters bag elk

December 19, 2008 COMPTON - The just-ended December elk hunt in the Buffalo River country was notable from several aspects. Women hunters, including Virginia Sullivan of Oil Trough and Loretta Trammell of Mountain View, dominated the successes.

Louisiana lodge offers hunting, fishing, comfort

December 19, 2008 Ducks of just about every color and size traded back and forth around our blind in the middle of an open lake in the freshwater marsh of southwest Louisiana. Flocks of pintails, teal, gray ducks (gadwalls), widgeons, shovelers and even an occasional mallard all flew just out of reach of our shotguns.

Duggars welcome 18th child

December 19, 2008 ROGERS (AP) - An Arkansas woman has given birth to her 18th child. Michelle Duggar delivered the baby girl by Caesarean section Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. The baby, named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Service News

December 19, 2008 SAN ANTONIO - Brandon D. Faircloth has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Mark Felt, Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat,’ dies at 95

December 19, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.