Area Briefs

November 24, 2008 Court calls special meeting The Independence County Quorum Court will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Jess B. Carpenter Building in Batesville. A continued discussion on the one-mill county library tax will be the main topic of the meeting.

Mom says son is ‘miracle of God’

November 24, 2008 "I'm glad he's happy. (If it was me) I'd be crying all the time." -Wendy Jones PLEASANT PLAINS - From the window in his room at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, 6-year-old Jayden Jones could tell you exactly when the hospital's Angel One helicopter was coming or going.

HRA picks up services

November 24, 2008 Health Resources of Arkansas, based in Batesville, will gain about $4 million in contracts and Medicaid payments in 2009 by taking over contracts currently held by Ozark Counseling Service of Mountain Home.

UACCB unveils project

November 24, 2008 It's been talked about, hoped for and anticipated for years, but now the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville is firmly making plans to get its Nursing and Allied Health Building off the ground and onto campus, so to speak.

Baseball Briefs

November 21, 2008 NEW YORK CITY (AP) - New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner's colorful 35-year reign of pronouncements, threats and bluster ended when he passed control of baseball's most famous and successful franchise to his youngest son, Hal.

News of other days

November 21, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 5, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO A carload of lumber which was donated by a lumber company in the southern part of the state was received here today by Arkansas College, Dr. W.S. Lacy, president of the school, announced today. The lumber will be used to repair the bleachers, make repairs to the gym and for other general use at the college.

Trout in White River are fatter this year

November 21, 2008 Shhhhhsh, don't tell anyone. We don't want to share; this is a secret. The trout in the White River are the biggest and fattest that anyone around north Arkansas can remember. This isn't just idle talk, even the Game and Fish Commission's trout biologist agrees.

Birding tour scheduled

November 21, 2008 POWHATAN (AP) - Lake Charles State Park near Powhatan will host a birding lake tour on Dec. 13, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Spend the morning on Lake Charles searching for the feathered creatures that call the area home. Don't forget to bring binoculars.

Late fall, winter offer unique photo opportunities

November 21, 2008 Two walls of hand-fitted stones, just below Mirror Lake and Blanchard Springs cave, serve as a silent reminder of a bygone era of Ozark life. The stone walls and foundation are all that remain of a partially reconstructed grist mill/cotton gin. The original gin, built about 1900 by Steve Mitchell, provided ground corn and wheat until 1928.

Police close probe in Democratic chairman’s murder

November 21, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Troopers pursuing the man who killed Arkansas' Democratic Party chairman last summer speculated that the suspect wanted to commit "suicide by cop" by leading authorities on a high-speed chase.