Recipients of U.N. trips chosen

December 3, 2008 JAMESTOWN - Two local students will be traveling to Philadelphia, New York and Ontario, Canada, next summer, courtesy of the Jamestown Lodge No. 352 of the International Order of Odd Fellows. They will also visit the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield national park, the Smithsonian Institution and Niagara Falls. A visit to the Statue of Liberty and attending a Broadway play are also on the agenda.

Home once used as apartments, restored for single-family use

December 3, 2008 Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series detailing the homes on the Christmas Tour of Historical Homes, sponsored by the Batesville Preservation Association. The tour will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (870) 793-7739.

Christmas Brings Hope accepting applications

December 3, 2008 The 2008 Christmas Brings Hope drive is under way and applications will be taken for just a few more days, according to chairman Ted Hall. The drive assists more than 1,000 families annually, Hall said.

39th prepares for home; 56th prepares for Victory

December 3, 2008 BAGHDAD - After 227 days of braving the elements of sand, wind and heat, it's time to come down - mission accomplished. The journey downward brings a sense of pride among those present as it signifies an end to the mission. And as the Bowie flag continues its decent down the flagpole to the waiting arms of veteran soldiers Staff Sgt. James Howard and Master Sgt. John Doss, it starts to sink in a little more. This is not a desert mirage; no, it's the real thing: "We're going home!"

Sports Briefs

December 2, 2008 College soccer CONWAY (AP) - Central Arkansas' men's soccer team is joining the Missouri Valley Conference. The school said it would host a news conference today to announce the new league affiliation. Central Arkansas is a member of the Southland Conference in other sports, but that league does not offer men's soccer.

News of other days

December 2, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 13, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO An order in Chancery Court was received here this morning authorizing J.F. Grammer, special deputy bank commissioner in charge of the insolvent North Arkansas Bank, to distribute a five percent dividend to the depositors. This will be the fifth dividend to have been paid since the bank closed here Nov. 17, 1930, Mr. Grammer said. This makes a total of 35 percent received since the bank closed.

Search for ivory-billed woodpecker begins anew

December 2, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - A scaled-back search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker begins this week in the swamps of eastern Arkansas. The huge bird was believed to be extinct until a sighting four years ago stirred national experts and federal funding to launch a full-blown campaign to verify the bird's existence and study its habitat.

Passenger kills bus driver in fare dispute

December 2, 2008 NEW YORK - A man stabbed a city bus driver to death over being denied a free ride, then escaped on foot Monday in the first killing of an on-duty New York City bus driver in more than a quarter-century, authorities said.

Elderly driver plows into parade; several hurt

December 2, 2008 OVERTON, Texas (AP) - An elderly driver hurtled through barricades into a crowd lined up for a Christmas parade Monday and injured several people, some of them members of a Cub Scout troop, a city official and witnesses said.

Police say teen held against will

December 2, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO - Police are questioning a couple after a bruised and half-naked 17-year-old boy showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, claiming he had just fled his captors, authorities said.