Food Channel Kitchens present: ‘A Dickens of a Christmas Dinner’

December 15, 2009 The Food Channel team that attended a recent screening of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” was inspired by this new animated film version starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge (and the ghosts of Christmas Past-Present-Future).The team recreated the holiday table of the poor Cratchit family as well as more bountiful feast seen at the merry gathering at the home of Mr. Scrooge’s nephew, putting together a menu faithful to this classic tale written in 1843, and reminiscent of Christmas dinners served in English homes during that time.

Free lessons lead to 29 years of flying

December 15, 2009 It was while Bill Luster was on a flight from Hot Springs to Batesville in 1970 that a pilot named Jesse James offered him flying lessons for free. Thinking that was too good an offer to pass up, he took James up on it. Ten years later Bill’s son Randy also started flying. Both Bill and Randy said they became closer while learning how to fly and becoming a pilots. While Randy worked for National Welding Supply, his boss, George Rider, enabled him to start flying. Rider had airplanes and Randy began learning.

ASU-Newport to rock house with 60’s party

December 15, 2009 NEWPORT — The second performance in the 2009-2010 Patron Series, “A Rockin’ ’60s Christmas Party,” will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Center for the Arts on the campus of Arkansas State University-Newport.

Painter to celebrate 90th birthday

December 15, 2009 Juanita Kelley Painter will celebrate her 90th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church in Batesville.The reception will be hosted by her family.All friends and relatives are invited to attend.She requests no gifts.

John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

December 15, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is again selling smoked turkeys and hams for Christmas. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each, and that includes tax.To place an order, call Dane Bawcom at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.John 3:16 is a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions. It is funded solely on private donations.

Calvary choir to present Christmas cantata

December 15, 2009 The Calvary Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will present the Christmas musical “Hope Has Hands” at 10 a.m. Sunday in the church’s sanctuary. According to a news release, the cantata looks at the Messiah’s birth through the eyes of Simeon and Anna, narrated by Larry and Cathy Davis, as Simeon longed to see the Savior of the world born and the prophesies of old fulfilled. The choir is under the direction of Larry Poff.

No suspects in break-ins, horse theft

December 15, 2009 Independence County authorities have no suspects in a series of thefts that have occurred across the county in the past few days, according to police reports.Tuesday afternoon Melissa Story of Cave City reported her purse and all its contents stolen from her car while she ran inside a Batesville residence to pick up her son.

Home invasion, burglary reported

December 15, 2009 While home alone Friday morning, a Southside teen got a scare when he was confronted by a stranger who kicked in a door at the boy’s home around 7:52 a.m.“The 911 call was made by the mother of the boy that was in the house at the time the door was kicked open,” Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager said.Off-duty Deputy Chris Toland heard the call and arrived approximately three minutes later, according to Luetschwager, who said the intruder was already gone when he arrived.

Triplets are Christmas ‘miracles’ for Taylors

December 15, 2009 Nine-year-old Madison Taylor always wanted a sibling.Last Christmas she got three.Chaney Wes III, Ty Eastin and Sophie Grace Taylor may not have arrived Christmas day, but for Chaney and Leah Taylor of Batesville they are nothing short of a Christmas miracle.Three to be exact.On Dec. 26 the triplets born premature at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will turn 1. For mom Leah it’s been a year full of excitement.

$200,000 bond set for shooter

December 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — A man accused of shooting at a vehicle, wounding a Colt woman in her head shortly before midnight Friday, remains in the Sharp County jail following a bond hearing Monday, Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said.District Judge Mark Johnson set a $200,000 “cash or pro” bond for Johnathan ‘Bo’ Hensley, Guidry said.