For many the Thanksgiving holiday is as much about the shopping as it is about the turkey and dressing.
Many make what has become known as Black Friday a family tradition, getting up early, sometimes even the night before, in hopes of snagging a deal. For others it’s a first-time experience.
For many store employees, however, preparations for Black Friday — when retailers hope to make enough sales to put themselves “into the black” — begin long before the lines form and sales begin.
SULPHUR ROCK — Etola Martin Stafford Dement, 78, of Sulphur Rock died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.
Born June 2, 1933, she was the daughter of Hurkles and Lu Eary Martin. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include a grandson, Matthew Graham Stafford of Batesville.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Pascoe “Pat” Stafford; her second husband, Charles Richard Dement; a son, Randy Stafford; a daughter, Susan Stafford; and a brother, Eskel Ray Martin.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. today at Tunstall Cemetery with Rob Ernest officiating.
BROCKWELL — Douglas Wayne Aspey, 42, of Brockwell died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Nevada, Mo.
Born March 6, 1969, in Salt Lake City, he was the son of Lowell and Peggy Melton. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his parents of Brockwell; and five sisters, Angela Smithson of Greenbrier, Darrellynn Aspey of Melbourne, Tammy Jaynes of Jonesboro, Paula Smithart of Madison, Ala., and Melissa Smith of Guion.
He was preceded in death by his biological father, Darrell Aspey.
MELBOURNE — Estel Bernice Shaver Engles, 81, of Melbourne died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Mountain Home.
Born Aug. 6, 1930, in Mount Pleasant, she was the daughter of Othar and Minnie Gertrude Anderson Shaver. She was united in marriage to Vernon Ray Engles on July 19, 1947. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of God faith.
ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court adopted a 2012 budget Monday showing anticipated general fund expenditures of $2,768,696 and anticipated road fund expenditures of $3,875,088.
Anticipated general fund revenue is listed at $2,0771,024 and anticipated road fund revenue amounts to $3,900,000.
By law, counties have to hold back a 10-percent cushion from the anticipated revenue figures during the early budgeting process.
The vote for the budget was 7-1 with District 6 JP Everett McGuire casting the vote against and with one justice absent.
SEARCY (AP) — Authorities in Searcy say a former worker at White County Medical Center is charged with four felony video voyeurism counts for allegedly using a phone to take video of women in a staff restroom at the hospital.
Prosecutor Chris Raff said Tuesday that a warrant has been issued for 28-year-old Kyle S. Carpenter’s arrest.
Searcy police say the hospital notified officers on Oct. 7 after a worker turned in a phone she found in a bathroom that was on and shooting video.
Raff says the phone has images of four women.
SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council decided Monday to hire Melvin McGill as town marshal on a 30-day probation period for the month of December, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite.
McGill has experience as constable.
The vote was unanimous.
Bobby Anderson was present to talk to the council about vandalism in Huddleston Park and on his property. He also reported that a nearby street light was not working.
Mayor Glenda Reding asked Anderson to call the sheriff’s office when witnessing unlawful activities at the park and on his property, Heathwaite said.
Bond has been set at $20,000 for a man charged in stealing a 16-foot trailer he allegedly chopped up for scrap metal in September.
Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Jimmy Smith said in a court affidavit that Johnny Ray Smart, 39, of Newark is being charged with felony theft of property in the incident.
On Sept. 12 Billy Wisdom told police that he lives out of town and had received word of possible theft of items from property he owns in Independence County.
“Mr. Wisdom went to his residence and found that his 16-foot trailer had been stolen,” Smith said.
The quarterly meetings of the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District Board and the White River Planning and Development District Board have been scheduled for Dec. 8, at Harding University in Searcy.
The boards will meet on the second floor of the Heritage Center at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively.
The Revolving Loan Committee will meet following the planning and development meeting.
For more information, contact the White River Planning and Development District offices at (870) 793-5233.
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about the homes featured on the Batesville Preservation Association’s Christmas Tour of Historic Homes, set for 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4. For more information about the tour, call Terrell Tebbetts at (870) 307-7342 or (870) 793-2266.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School Choir Department will host its 17th annual Ye Olde Christmas Madrigal Feaste Dec. 9 and 10.
The event will include the Royal Singers, an evening of songs and a feast reminiscent of banquets in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, director Angela Weaver said.