Searcy theater to present ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

December 2, 2010 SEARCY — Center on the Square, 111 W. Arch St., continues its 12th holiday season during the month of December with a theatrical staging of “Miracle on 34th Street” by Severin, Snyder and Vreeke.Dinner performances are scheduled for Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. Pizza Playhouse is today. The doors open at 6:15 each night, with the dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 and curtain one hour later. A Dec. 19 performance will be a matinee with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and curtain one hour later.

Church to present ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

December 2, 2010 Believers’ Community Church will present a stage performance of Frank Capra’s 1946 timeless movie drama, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”A cast of 34 will bring alive the beloved characters — George Bailey, Clarence Odbody, Mary Hatch, the Bailey children, Henry F. Potter, and many more — in a two-act play. Performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9-11 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Believers’ Community Church.

Furniture mover accused of theft

December 1, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Powhatan man who was helping a woman move furniture instead moved some nerve pills — into his pocket, according to a Lawrence County sheriff’s report.Daline Rash called police and said between 10 a.m. Nov. 15 and 1 p.m. Nov. 29, Corey David Ferguson, 21, was helping her move furniture at her home located at 13 Lawrence County Road 260 in Powhatan. Rash said she noticed 90 Clazapam pills (1 milligram each) missing from a cabinet in the bathroom.

Oak Bluff to host potluck

December 1, 2010 The Oak Bluff Community Center will host its annual Christmas Fellowship Potluck Dinner at noon Saturday. There will be an auction immediately following lunch.The event is open to the public. The community center is located on Oak Bluff Road, off Highway 25, between Batesville and Charlotte.For more information or to donate items for the auction, call William or Quindora Coe at (870) 793-9520.

National Guard members headed for Afghanistan

December 1, 2010 NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas National Guard unit’s mission to Afghanistan has more to do with crops than combat.Family members and friends said goodbye Tuesday to members of the 2nd Agricultural Development Team, members of which have engineering, veterinary medicine and business backgrounds.KLRT-TV reports that Arkansas is one of 13 National Guard units volunteering for the mission, which is now in its second year in Afghanistan. Members of the Arkansas unit will be deployed for about a year.

Bill to change retirement rules for state employees

December 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state lawmaker has filed two bills to make changes in retirement rules for state employees and elected officials.Rep. Allen Kerr says the bills are in response to revelations this year that some elected officials and employees took themselves off the payroll — then later returned to their jobs and collected both a pension and their salary.

Pangburn police chief: Mayor wants resignations

December 1, 2010 PANGBURN (AP) — The police chief in the White County town of Pangburn says the recently re-elected mayor has asked him and the town’s two other police officers to resign.Police Chief Harold Glenn told The Daily Citizen in Searcy that Mayor James Williams called him Sunday and requested resignations from him, Sgt. Randal Glenn and Capt. Eric Patterson. The police chief and Randal Glenn are brothers.Harold Glenn said the mayor told him he was upset that Patterson had used a wrecker service that he had forbidden the department from using — but offered no other reason.

Pettersen to speak to CC Kiwanis

December 1, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City Kiwanis Club will meet at noon Thursday at Cave City Community Center.The program will be “Spanish Missions of California,” given by Jill Pettersen.The event is open to the public.

GOP needs new chairman

December 1, 2010 The Independence County Republican meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The topic of discussion will be finding a new chairman for Independence County.A Dutch-treat meal will be at 6.The event is open to the public.

Car fire victim identified

December 1, 2010 Comparison of dental records has helped police identify a woman who died in a car fire on Cord Road Nov. 12. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard said this morning that the state crime lab had used dental records to positively identify the victim as 58-year-old Vicki George of Newport.The fire was discovered around 9:30 a.m. by a motorist who said she saw the car sitting in the driveway with its right front tire on fire.