Everton vet wants credit for Merchant Marine time

November 29, 2010 HARRISON (AP) — For years after World War II, Al Reid looked on as his friends used the GI bill to go to college or to buy homes. Though he had faced similar dangers and risked his life in the pursuit of victory, Reid had not received the benefits that others enjoyed.The Everton resident was a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine, a service that long went unrecognized as part of the military. As such, he never received benefits or a pension.Now in his later years, Reid is hoping that he and others like him can at long last enjoy some of those benefits.

Party will honor Cave City woman

November 29, 2010 CAVE CITY — Jinnie Grady will be honored with a surprise drop-in birthday party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Maxville Missionary Baptist Church, located at 707 Highway 167 near Cave City.Grady was married to the late Billy Grady. She was owner/operator of Miss Jinnie’s Family Day Care Home in Cave City for more than 30 years. She enjoys working in the yard, reading and spending time with her family.

Christmas memories sought for special section

November 29, 2010 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section Dec. 23.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St., mail it to the Guard, Attn: Kay Tharp, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503, or email it to kaytharp@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 8.

ConAgra retirees to have party

November 29, 2010 ConAgra Foods will hold a Christmas party for all former employees of the company from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.   The party and Dutch treat meal is open to all former employees, organizers said.

Lyon hosts Lessons and Carols

November 29, 2010 The Lyon College music department’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Science Society of Batesville at College and 18th streets.The program uses the traditional English format of nine Christmas carols and nine Christmas readings from the Bible. The church features superb acoustics and an internationally renowned Dutch pipe organ situated in the rear gallery.

Holiday sales encouraging, but are shoppers done?

November 29, 2010 NEW YORK — Holiday shoppers gave retailers a happy Thanksgiving weekend, crowding stores and malls more than last year.Add strong spending earlier this month and robust sales online, and retailers head into “Cyber Monday” encouraged. Particularly because many shoppers were buying for themselves, in addition to gifts, though mostly where they saw bargains.But retailers remain unsure how much people will spend before Christmas in an economy that’s still bumpy. Shoppers, grappling with an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent, remain careful about spending and driven by deals.

Squabble over budget ensues after election

November 29, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — A squabble over a budget proposal has ensued after an Arkansas prosecuting attorney lost his bid for re-election.The Democratic incumbent, Marcus Vaden of Conway, lost to Republican Cody Hiland earlier this month. Before the election, Vaden had proposed a budget increase for the office, asking the Faulkner County Quorum Court for about $788,000. After the election, Vaden’s revised budget proposal was about $512,000.Last week, the court’s budget committee recommended approving a third proposal, for about $777,000. Hiland had input on that proposal.

7 plead guilty in Ark. to stealing baby formula

November 29, 2010 TEXARKANA (AP) — Seven members of an alleged crime ring that involved the theft of about $18,000 worth of baby formula from Texas grocery stores have pleaded guilty in Arkansas.An Arkansas circuit court judge sentenced the five women and two men to three-year prison sentences, with one year suspended. All seven are listed as residents of De Queen.

Plane makes forced landing

November 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A plane en route from Boston to Dallas has made an emergency landing at Little Rock National Airport Sunday. No injuries were reported.Television station KTHV reports that the Boeing 757 had 165 passengers, two pilots and four flight crew members and that the pilots opted to land at Little Rock due to an engine stall problem.An American Airlines spokeswoman says the plane’s engine did not shut down.