Members of the Batesville School District Grandparents As Parents group will meet at noon Thursday in the resource room of the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St.
The free meeting is for any relative who is helping raise a child in their care. Lunch will be served and door prizes given.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend City Council budget meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, has been rescheduled for 6 tonight.
Following the meeting, there will be a special meeting regarding the winter Municipal League conference schedule.
SEARCY — Center on the Square will present “Over the River and Through the Woods” in dinner performances Friday and Saturday and Dec. 15, 16 and 17. Pizza Playhouse will be Thursday.
The doors will open at 6:15 each night with the dinner buffet opening at 6:30 and curtain one hour later.
The Dec. 18 performance will be a matinee with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and curtain one hour later.
Admission price is $27 for dinner and the show. Seniors pay $24. Pizza Playhouse is $18 per person. For the matinee, admission is $24 for dinner and the show. Seniors pay $21.
HORSESHOE BEND — The city of Horseshoe Bend has announced renewal time for city business licenses. Anyone doing business within the city limits is required to have an up-to-date business license, available through city hall.
Licenses are valid through Dec. 31 of the year they are taken out. The new state contractor/handyman license requirement does not supersede city requirements for licensure.
When the city issues a license, a minimal background check is performed. Licensure does not guarantee quality of workmanship or business practices.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — What’s on your child’s wish list this holiday season? Chances are it’s something that plugs in, lights up, rings, zings and pings. And chances are they will be able to “connect” with unknown “friends” from around the globe, while oblivious to family and friends sitting around the dining table.
LITTLE ROCK — In an analysis recently released by the Data Quality Campaign, Arkansas ranks first among the 50 states in taking action toward expanding data development with the goal of improving education policy throughout the state.
“Arkansas leads the nation with nine of 10 state actions and providing cutting-edge, real-time data access and reporting,” according to the Data Quality Campaign, a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policy makers to improve the availability and use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement.
Three circulation-area teams were among the winners in Lyon College Tournament first-round games Monday night at Becknell Gymnasium, and one of them included an unbeaten squad that had to rally from a slow start.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves fell behind 8-0 and didn’t get a lead until late in the second quarter but dominated in the second half for an 80-65 victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles.
Clayton Butler, a returning all-state player, led the 11-0 T-wolves with 26 points. Spencer Reaves added 25 points, Luke Henderson chipped in 15 and Cole Crabtree added 11.
ATLANTA (AP) — LSU and Alabama are the nation’s highest-ranked teams.
Only appropriate they would have the two best players in the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson was a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year, while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu took the honor as top defensive player on The Associated Press All-SEC team released Monday.
Later in the day, both were named Heisman Trophy finalists.
NEWPORT — Batesville and Newport split varsity junior high basketball games here Monday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 39-36 after trailing most of the game.
“They could have given up, but they kept fighting,” Batesville Coach Tim Palmer said.
Sarah Hayes led Batesville with seven points.
“We had seven score, and when we do that we win,” Palmer said.
The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 3-4.
The Greypups held off the Junior Pioneers for a 29-27 victory. The home team led 6-4, 15-13 and 24-19 at the quarter breaks.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The long arm of the law gains a few inches when a judge uses his gavel to subdue a fleeing inmate.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims did just that Monday when a defendant in his court tried to break away from a bailiff who was about to handcuff him to another inmate.
Sims said when the inmate began to bolt, bailiff Ronnie Smith grabbed the man around the waist. Sims says he forgot his stun gun in his chambers, so he “tapped” the inmate on the head with his gavel.
Others then helped subdue the inmate.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorneys for a man charged with capital murder in the death of a police officer in northeast Arkansas asked a judge to reschedule his trial for later next year, a court document shows.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Jerry Lard, who they say shot and killed Trumann Officer Jonathan Schmidt during a traffic stop in April. Lard’s attorneys say they need more time to prepare for the capital case because his life is at stake.