Area Brief

December 4, 2008 Oak Bluff dinner scheduled The annual Oak Bluff Community Fellowship Dinner will be at noon Saturday at 380 Oak Bluff Road, between Batesville and Charlotte. A potluck will be served. Those attending are asked to bring items such as crafts to be auctioned after the meal.

Design ideas for local development scheduled

December 4, 2008 The nationally-acclaimed architecture firm of LRK (Looney Ricks Kiss), headquartered in Memphis, will host an open meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Nucor Auditorium in the Lyon Building on the campus of Lyon College.

Star gazers give conflicting stories

December 4, 2008 A Sulphur Rock man called Batesville 911 early Wednesday morning claiming his girlfriend had been kidnapped by several men on Dry Run Circle, and he could hear footsteps in the woods near where he was hiding.

Church site open for tour

December 4, 2008 Editor's note: This is the fifth and final story 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. Tickets are available at the homes. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, call (870) 793-7739.

Former teacher remembered

December 4, 2008 Teaching others about life and the importance of laughter was something educator Marian McGinnis prided herself on. That same philosophy was bestowed back to her in the final days of her life when her friends and former students rallied around her bedside and told non-stop stories about growing up with her as their teacher and her daughter Martha as a friend.

Extension agent retiring, taking Fountain of experience with her

December 4, 2008 Beverly Fountain may not be able to tell you off the top of her head how to fry an ostrich or how to cook a snake, but there are plenty more areas in which she can readily provide advice or at least tell people where to find the resources. After all, she's had 28 years of experience with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, but come next month, she'll be retiring.

Sports Briefs

December 3, 2008 Swimming NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Phelps achieved another unprecedented feat: the first swimmer honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year. Phelps broke Mark Spitz's iconic record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in August and became the winningest Olympian ever with his 14 career victories.

News of other days

December 3, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 14, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO Fifteen members of the Panther football squad of Arkansas College were voted their varsity "A" letter by coach Lucien Abraham and the A-Club, composed of AC lettermen. Members who will receive their coveted A are:

Honor Roll

December 3, 2008 Batesville High The students listed below made the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Batesville High School, according to a news release: Tenth: all A's - Mary Armstrong, Caitlin Campbell, Katie Cummins, Maria Espericueta, Katelyn Hardin, Mason Magouyrk, Mollie Matthews, Michael Palese, Erin Richards, Vincent Tu; general - Colton Bailey, Steven Baney, Breanna Beasley, Roxanne Bentley, Ashley Bishop, Callie Boyce, Garth Branstetter, Breanna Bray, Danielle Brazier, Stacey Brinkley, Bailey Bruce, Brittany Butler, Kaitlyn Butler, Rebecca Callahan, Mercedes Carter, Victoria Clayton, Corey Dacus, Tayler Daniels, Brandon Dittus, Aaron Dowell, Christina Fletcher, Kali Foreman, Sara Gallap, Anna Garton, Michael George, Jacob Gillihan, Scott Glover, Carly Grace, Stephen Handford, Samuel Hardin, Shawndra Hastings, Ashley Hayes, William Henry, Stephen Hooper, Hannah Huff, Andrea Isley, Katie Jarrett, Darius Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Terran Jones, Katherine Keller, Conor Lawrence, Taylor Leger, Baylee Mathews, Cody McClure, Kelsie McLeod, Dianira Medina, Katherine Melson, Stephen Mergy, Caitlin Mourer, Ashley Mundy, Cara Nealey, Thu Nguyen, Heather Nipps, Randi Parks, Brianna Paul, Joyce Pham, Joshua Poff, Meagan Poff, Emily Qualls, Ashleigh Rogers, Zachary Rumans, Jacob Russell, Madelne Schmidt, David Shear, Matthew Showalter, Tyler Shrum, Sherina Smith, Justin Smithee, Katelyn Spicer, Chasyl Starnes, Rachel Stevens, Hannah Sturch, Rachael Sturdivant, Luke Tate, Rachel Teague, Jacob Terrell, Keaton Thacker, Christopher Thorne, Zane Turner, Victoria Vargas, Alyza Vazquez, Casey Wagster, Lauren Wagster, Chelsea West, Shelby Winkle

6 at Batesville earn achievement awards

December 3, 2008 Six students at Batesville High School have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP examinations, according to Dorriese Butler, AP coordinator. The College Board's Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP examinations. About 18 percent of the 1.6 million students worldwide who took AP examinations performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award.