Ethan’s art part of Miracle Ball

December 12, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - With the stroke of a paintbrush and a mind full of creativity, imagination comes to life for Ethan Marbaise while standing behind an art easel and a blank canvas. And like any artist, creativity can come at anytime, anywhere - even when you're 6.

Rutherford dies at 110

December 12, 2008 Betty Rutherford lived during 19 different presidential administrations and was proud to cast a ballot earlier this year for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rutherford died Thursday - just over a month away from a new president taking office. She was 110.

39th Brigade nearing home

December 12, 2008 CAMP SHELBY JOINT FORCES TRAINING CENTER, Miss. - The 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team continues its transition home with multiple flights this week, bringing the total count to 1,700 having returned from Iraq.

UACCB students voice opinions

December 12, 2008 With the last day of classes, only a few students could be found walking the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville this morning. However, the name Drew Douglas Grant was not a name that rang familiar for a few students when asked their thoughts about the now 22-year-old, who at age 11 murdered one teacher and four students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro 10 years ago with classmate Mitchell Johnson.

Additional details emerge

December 12, 2008 Additional details of Drew Douglas Grant's life in the Batesville trade area have emerged since he filed an application to carry a concealed handgun. Grant, of Evening Shade, is the former Andrew Golden, who with Mitchell Johnson shot and killed four students and a teacher, and wounded several others, 10 years ago at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro.

Sports Briefs

December 11, 2008 College football NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Tebow will go for two against a pair of talented quarterbacks from the Big 12 when the Heisman Trophy is handed out Saturday night. Sam Bradford from Oklahoma and Colt McCoy from Texas joined Tebow as Heisman finalists.

News of other days

December 11, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 22, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Friends of I.N. Barnett Sr., veteran merchant in Batesville and this section of Arkansas, will be grieved to learn of his critical illness at his home on Main Street. Mr. Barnett has been ill for the past two weeks, and his condition has become critical in the past 24 hours.

‘Button,’ ‘Frost,’ ‘Doubt’ nominated

December 11, 2008 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Frost/Nixon" led the Golden Globes today with five nominations each, among them best drama, while "Doubt" also has five, including four acting slots.

Tips given for ringing in the New Year on a budget

December 11, 2008 No need to spend a fortune on a swanky dinner, admission to an upscale club, a babysitter or a big blowout bash this Dec. 31. Here are some cheap and fun ways to ring in the New Year. IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN, TRY...

Theme night ideas

December 11, 2008 Some families create gift themes on the individual nights of Hanukkah, such as pajama or movie night. Kids get excited about the themes, anticipating what any given night will bring, and parents say it helps them appreciate their gifts more.