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.

Grant-writing workshop set

November 21, 2008 LITTLE ROCK-The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will hold a grant-writing workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 501 W. Ninth St. in Little Rock for people interested in applying for the agency's County Courthouse Restoration of Historic Preservation Restoration grant programs.

Misskelley tape played in court

November 21, 2008 JONESBORO (AP) - Four days after his trial ended, one of three teenagers convicted of killing three 8-year-olds in West Memphis in 1993 related to his lawyer details of how the killings occurred. The conversation with Jessie Misskelley Jr., now 31, was taped by his defense lawyer, Dan Stidham, and played Thursday at a hearing before Circuit Judge David Burnett.

Thefts reported

November 21, 2008 It's not known who, or how, or exactly when, but someone drove off in a 1972 Chevrolet pickup truck parked atop Ramsey Mountain Thursday, according to a report filed with Deputy Colby Markum of the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

Southside wins award

November 21, 2008 SOUTHSIDE - Southside High School has reason to celebrate. At tonight's ballgame, the school will recognize the teachers, staff and students for earning the 2008 College Readiness Award from the Arkansas ACT Council.