• Bird magnets, Jacksonport State Park, Jacksonport Court-house, Newport, 2:30 p.m. Call (870) 523-2143.
• Words and Afterwords featuring Mike McLeod and friends, 201 N. Spring St., Hardy, 7-9 p.m. Call (870) 856-5579 or visit www.WordsAfterwords.com.
• Family dance, Desha VFW, 7-9:30 p.m. No alcohol, no smoking.
• Decoy painting, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, 600 E. Lawson Road, Jonesboro, 1-3 p.m. All materials are free. Ages 7 and older. Call (870) 933-6787.
Michael and Ida McComas, Atlanta, Gracie and Haven of Cave City have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2011. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 15.3 ounces and has been named Blade Dillion McComas.
Grandparents of the child are Idona Bailey and Jessie McComas.
Jon and Heather Pool and Peyton of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2011. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 5.6 ounces and has been named Allison Marie Pool.
Grandparents of the child are Larry and Delida Evans, Glen and Audrey Pool and Donny and JoAnn Carlton.
Great-grandparents are Donna Carlton and the late Bobbie Carlton, Georgia Neal and the late Curt Neal, Allene Greene and the late Dewey Greene and the late Marie and Billy Joe Pool.
Great-great-grandparents are Myrtle Dugger and the late Don Dugger.
Daron Chaney and Vivian Leckett and MaKaila of Cherokee Village have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 25, 2011. The baby has been named December Brees Chaney.
Grandparents of the child are Bobby Reed, Sharon Chaney, Russell Chaney and Beverly Reed.
Kevin and Ashley Insell, Ethan and Jackson of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2011. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 10.4 ounces and has been named Jalyn Elyse Insell.
Grandparents of the child are David and Kathy Insell and Robert and Brenda Maracle.
Great-grandparents are Billie Sue Overton, Claudene Collins and Charles and Jean Insell.
Todd and Megan Smith, Terrie, Jacob, Josh and Lizzy of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 21, 2011. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Carliee Aaron Marie Smith.
Grandparents of the child are Pamela Smith, Pamela Cornish and Jimmy Smith.
Great-grandparents are Betty Doster and James “Tiny” Smith.
TJ and Mariah Norris and Talon of Cherokee Village have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 21, 2011. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and has been named Layton Michael Norris.
Grandparents of the child are Larry and Nancy Seiley, Todd and Suzzonne Norris and Gayla Douget.
Great-grandparents are Elgine Norris, Verna Douget and Linda Smith.
David Smith and Heather Jenkins of Evening Shade have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Dec. 13, 2011. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 6.2 ounces and has been named Cloey Gabrielle Smith.
Grandparents of the child are Tonya Shanrock, Jeffery Jenkins, Wendy Cabtree and Ray Reinser.
Great-grandparents are Margarett and the late Arlie Scrivner, Norma and the late David Smith.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general has rejected the wording of a proposed state constitutional amendment calling for election of Arkansas Game and Fish commissioners.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel also rejected a separate proposal to lower the state’s excise tax and remove the Game and Fish Commission from the agencies that receive money from the tax.
McDaniel’s opinion that was released Tuesday said portions of the ballot title and the popular name of the proposal are “confusing and ambiguous.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say an off-duty police officer shot two men at a shopping mall garage after being told they tried to lure a teenager into their car.
Police say officer Christopher Johannes was providing security Tuesday at Park Plaza Mall when two security officers asked him for help. A woman had alleged that three men tried to lure her daughter into a vehicle.
Officials said Wednesday that as Johannes approached him, the motorist put the car in reverse and drove at high speeds toward them. Johannes ordered the driver to stop, and fired when he didn’t.
FORT SMITH (AP) — Fort Smith police say they’re complying with federal asset forfeiture guidelines regarding the use of proceeds.
A resident filed a complaint after Police Chief Kevin Lindsey used federal asset forfeiture money to purchase 115 semiautomatic patrol rifles that officers could then buy to use while on-duty.
Officials were notified that allowing officers to purchase guns bought with federal asset forfeiture money violates U.S. Justice Department policies and procedures.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A new trial has been ordered in a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc.
The ruling published Wednesday by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a $600,000 judgment that Tyson was ordered to pay Retha Weems after a federal jury agreed with Weems’ discrimination claim.
Tyson appealed and a three judge panel ruled that a federal judge was wrong to allow the jury to hear about a separation agreement Tyson offered Weems. The judges said the agreement prejudiced the jury against Tyson.