Town’s millage rate goes down

December 23, 2008 ASH FLAT - The Sharp County Quorum Court continued its November meeting, which was recessed rather than adjourned last month, on Monday by approving millage rates for 2008 to be collected in 2009. One millage rate - for the town of Sidney - went down as a result of an automatic rollback. The rate dropped from 5.0 mills to 4.6.

Pillowcases used to hide robbers’ faces, victims say

December 23, 2008 Three armed men with hoods made of pillow cases reportedly robbed the residents of a west Batesville home early Sunday morning, according to Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan. One of the victims, Richard Reyna, 40, of 733 State St., reported that around 4 a.m. he and some friends were in the living room of his home playing video games when three black men burst into his home. Reyna said they wearing hoods that appeared to have been made from pillow cases with eye holes cut out.

Black retiring as chaplain

December 23, 2008 A call comes in the middle of the night: Someone has been injured in a car accident (or other trauma), and Jim Black is needed to come to the hospital right away. He wastes no time, knowing that he is going as God's servant to comfort that patient and his family.

Employee held at gunpoint

December 23, 2008 Marilyn Miller was in the kitchen washing dishes late Tuesday night when she heard the door chime at the Citgo Flashmarket in Desha. Alone, she went to the front of the store to wait on the customer who was already exiting the building.

Officials: Fires believed deliberate

December 23, 2008 Two simultaneous early morning fires are being investigated as acts of arson, according to Independence County Sheriff's Lt. Brenda Bittle. The Batesville Fire Department responded to a structure fire and a car fire at separate locations, but on the same block, around 4:45 this morning.

Horses arriving in Hot Springs; Oaklawn to open Jan. 19

December 22, 2008 HOT SPRINGS (AP) - Hundreds of horses have arrived at Oaklawn Park in advance of the Jan. 19 opening of the live thoroughbred racing. Oaklawn is making $20 million in improvements to make room for more electronic gambling machines. But those machines are intended to supplement the live thoroughbred racing, and the track is taking pains to make sure the work does not interfere with horsemen who are now training or racing patrons.

UALR women win 27th consecutive

December 22, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Chastity Reed led all scorers with 27 points to help the University of Arkansas-Little Rock to a 65-47 victory over Arkansas State in Sun Belt Conference play Saturday. Marian Kursh added 15 points, Shanika Butler scored 12, career-highs for both players. With the win, the Trojans (9-2 overall, 1-0 Sun Belt Conference) extended their home winning streak to 27.

News of other days

December 22, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 3, 1996. 73 YEARS AGO Mrs. Lula G. Parse, secretary of the United Charities, said today that 47 families in Batesville have no assurance of any Christmas cheer, and 25 of the number face starvation. Contributions to the charitable fund are coming in slowly, and Mrs. Parse has made a special appeal for more support.

90-year-old ’bootlegger’ fined in White County

December 22, 2008 BEEBE (AP) - Police hope a recent case against a 90-year-old "bootlegger" will send the message that selling alcohol without a license, especially to minors, won't be tolerated in Beebe. Police began an investigation after getting complaints from parents that a local man was selling liquor to their children. Parents claimed that 15- and 16-year-olds were buying beer, whiskey and gin from the man from his home, Police Chief Wayne Ballew said.

Town to vote on Sunday liquor sales

December 22, 2008 PYATT (AP) - Pyatt residents can purchase liquor in their town six days a week. In February, they will decide whether to add the seventh day. The Marion County Election Commission has authorized a Feb. 10 election on Sunday liquor sales in the tiny north Arkansas town. Currently, only one store, LJ's Liquor, would be affected by the proposal.