HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Hot Springs police are using a school that’s closed for Christmas vacation to practice their response to a school-shooter scenario.
Police conducted the drill at Cutter Morning Star High School on Tuesday. Police Lt. Bill Hrvatin said the school was chosen because he has ties to the school and because it’s important for authorities to train in a realistic location when possible.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game “Frogger.”
Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck at around 9 p.m. Monday.
In the “Frogger” arcade game, players move frogs through traffic on a busy road and through a hazard-filled river. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends.
• New Year’s Eve dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, Desha Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. No smoking or alcohol. Admission $5. Music by the Blue Diamond Band with special guest Judy Garcia.
• New Year’s Eve celebration with singing and preaching, 9 p.m., New Testament Holiness Church, corner of Mark and Davis lanes in Batesville.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Domestic box-office revenues for 2010 won’t quite hit last year’s record-setting haul, but they’ll be awfully close.
Total movie-ticket sales will reach $10.556 billion, the tracking agency Hollywood.com said Tuesday. That’s a slight decrease from the $10.6 billion total from 2009, but it’s also only the second time that the annual box office has crossed the $10 billion mark.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lost during 2010 two major figures from the time when the civil rights struggle was daily headlines fare.
Jefferson Thomas, 67, one of nine black students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, died Sept. 5 at Columbus, Ohio. Jim Johnson, 85, a self-described die-hard segregationist who twice failed in bids to be elected Arkansas governor, took his own life at his Conway home on Feb. 13.
Ah, New Year’s Eve. What a great night to revisit the past year.
Though I’d rather revisit 1999.
The unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in 1999.
Dot-com stocks were still creating lots of paper millionaires.
The U.S. deficit for that year was $1 billion — that’s right, “billion” with a “b,” a far cry from the $1 trillion to $2 trillion it is nowadays.
Things were going so well, we had to make up crises, such as Y2K, the Millennium Bug!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to get its grasping hands around the throat of the Internet, the international town hall where Americans have been free to express their opinions without Big Brother’s permission or interference.
That makes the FCC unhappy. It seems that this taxpayer-supported, intrusive federal agency simply can’t bring itself to allow anything having to do with Americans communicating with each other in public without their lordly oversight or permission.
113 misdemeanors, 5 felonies filed
SALEM — A Viola man is facing more than 100 counts of animal cruelty.
Charges were filed this morning in Fulton County Circuit Court against Rodney Dean Kankey, 49, of 6644 Highway 62 West.
More than half of the 117 horses found at the property had signs of disease or injury, and at least one had to be euthanized.
Kankey, who is out on bond, has been charged with five counts of aggravated cruelty to a horse, a class D felony, and 113 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will present a Comfort Foods Cooking Class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Skillet Restaurant.
“What did the Ozark homesteaders eat to keep warm and fed during the winter? Join us … and learn how to make these simple, inexpensive, healthy, old-fashioned winter meals handed down from early settlers,” a news release states.
The Batesville Area Arts Council announces a special Art In The Afternoon program for children ages 8-13 years old for the coming new year, according to director Colleen Jackson.
“Starting with the first Tuesday in January, and running through May, the program will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the BAAC art gallery at 246 E. Main St.,” Jackson said.
TUCKERMAN — Gladys Stoner Warren, 88, of Tuckerman died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.
Born July 19, 1922, at Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Jess and Lula Bell Mitchell Stoner. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, cooking and baking. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Tuckerman.