Area Briefs

December 5, 2008 Parade, other festivities set for Saturday The city of Batesville will kick off the Christmas festivities Saturday. The annual tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of Municipal Building at 500 E. Main Street.

30 more soldiers with 39th Brigade return to U.S.

December 5, 2008 CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - About 30 more members of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team arrived here late Wednesday afternoon after a 24-hour trip home from Kuwait. The soldiers are advanced party personnel from the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Brigade's 153rd Infantry Regiment, the 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment, and the Brigade Headquarters. The troops arrived in advance of the main push of soldiers in order to assist in maintaining accountability and out-processing the troops when they arrive over the next couple of weeks.

Main Street fire determined to be accidental

December 5, 2008 The cause of a fire that partially burned a downtown Batesville structure on Thanksgiving weekend has been declared as accidental. Assistant Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn said an adjuster and an investigator arrived in town Thursday and, although local fire officials had secured the building, when the adjuster arrived around noon he found that the rear door of the building at 101 W. Main St. had been kicked in, despite a steel bar and padlock on the inside of the door.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 5, 2008 WALNUT RIDGE - Catherine Ponder remembers buying barbecue kabobs for a "dime or a nickel a stick" from the Japanese who spent the afternoons barbecuing on their lawns. She remembers all the native shops, how the weather was always warm and what a "melting pot" of cultures the area was compared to rural Arkansas.

Roadside fight reported

December 4, 2008 A fight between a woman and her estranged boyfriend, who had reportedly faked an illness to get out of jail, sent him back to jail and her to the hospital Wednesday morning. Independence County authorities got a 911 call from a motorist around 8:30 a.m., saying that a man and a woman were lying on the side of the road in the 3600 block of Bethesda Road.

News of other days

December 4, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 15, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO N.H. McDaniel, assistant football coach at Batesville High School, has been named head basketball coach, replacing retiring coach G.M. Ward, assistant superintendent, who resigned because of heavy school duties. Ward has made an enviable record as a coach, climaxed with a team that won the state title and was runner-up in the national preparatory school tournament. McDaniel is a former star at Arkansas College.

Creative writing class to perform

December 4, 2008 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a public reading of works by the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Creative Writing Class. Students perform their original works from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the art gallery, located on Main Street.

Judge issues gag order

December 4, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A judge imposed a gag order Wednesday in the capital murder case against a man accused of fatally beating a Little Rock television anchorwoman. District Judge Lee Munson issued the order at the request of a defense lawyer for Curtis Lavelle Vance.

Dixie Chicks singer sued for defamation

December 4, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines is the target of a defamation lawsuit by the stepfather of one of three 8-year-old boys slain in West Memphis. Maines spoke out for three people convicted of the slayings and alleged the stepfather was instead involved in the killings.

Service News

December 4, 2008 SAN ANTONIO - Air Force Airman Summer J. Romero has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During the six weeks of training, Romero 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.