News of other days

December 1, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 12, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Bales in west Batesville Saturday night between 7 and 8. The blaze had completely enveloped the building before 7:30 when it was noticed by a neighbor. Two fire trucks made runs to the scene, but the home was too far gone to be saved.

State examines offering self-employed insurance

December 1, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Only 5,000 Arkansans of a potential 50,000 have enrolled in a state program to provide health insurance to low-income workers through their employers. The Arkansas Department of Human Services launched ARHealth Networks in 2006 and expanded the enrollment cap in October to 50,000 members. NovaSys Health administers the plan.

Parents: Pressly was also victim of sex assault

December 1, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The parents of an Arkansas television anchorwoman who was beaten to death say there's forensic evidence their daughter was sexually assaulted as well, and she broke her hand fighting off her attacker.

Police Reports

December 1, 2008 Independence County One person has been arrested and another is being sought in the alleged theft of items from the Batesville Walmart store, according to Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Fred Friar.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 1, 2008 AARP executive meeting set A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex. This event is open to board members and AARP members. UACCB to host holiday recital

SAU students probe the paranormal

December 1, 2008 MAGNOLIA (AP) - If there's something weird, and it don't look good - who you gonna call? For Don Glasgow, 21, and Kat Alford, 20, ghostbusting is a spooky and enlightening hobby. The two Lafayette County residents, both students at Southern Arkansas University, spend part of their free time investigating eerie and supposedly haunted sites across south Arkansas.

Area Briefs

December 1, 2008 Cave City parade to be Tuesday CAVE CITY - The Cave City Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the UniFirst plant parking lot on state Highway 230 just east of town, local chamber of commerce president Ed Kegley said.

Gun, drug charges filed after traffic stop

December 1, 2008 A loaded 9 mm pistol and extra ammo were reportedly found in a car driven by a convicted felon over the weekend, according to a report from Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler. Around 9 a.m. Saturday, Byler said he saw the driver of a blue Cadillac make a turn off Highway 167 onto Cave Creek Road without using a signal light.

Sawmills slow with economic housing decline

December 1, 2008 NEWPORT (AP) - Like their counterparts elsewhere, Arkansas sawmills are struggling to survive as demand for hardwoods and pine have fallen off and lumber prices have reached new lows with the housing foreclosure crisis and little new construction.

Fundraiser about ‘kids helping kids’

December 1, 2008 With red markers in hand, Madelyn Grady, 9, and Candace Rogers, 8, worked diligently to make sure their chili peppers had the right amount of color, while parent volunteer Samantha Hayes helped other youth decide how to decorate their posters.