Youngsters get bicycles as rewards

December 18, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than two dozen students at a Little Rock elementary school received big Christmas gifts a few days early.A ceremony was planned this morning at Wilson Elementary School so that 13 boys and 13 girls could each get a bicycle as a reward for outstanding work and good behavior. The gifts are going to the students courtesy of Academy Sports.

John 3:16 now selling turkeys, hams

December 18, 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.

Two-legged dog gives hope to disabled vets

December 18, 2009 LOS ANGELES (AP) — For several years, Jude Stringfellow and her Lab-chow mix have toured the country with a simple message: Faith walks.Born without front legs to a junkyard dog around Christmas 2002, Faith the puppy was rejected and abused by her mother. She was rescued by Reuben Stringfellow, now an Army E-4 specialist, who had been asked to bury other puppies in the litter.“Can we fix her? Stringfellow, then 17, asked his mom. “No, but maybe we can help her,” she said.

Kwanzaa continues, but boom is over

December 18, 2009 NEW YORK (AP) — Four years ago, Evita Broughton celebrated Kwanzaa for the first time with her family — lighting a candle each night and discussing the respective principle.But she hasn’t celebrated the holiday since.“It felt like a school project that lasted seven nights,” said Broughton, 27, of Marietta, Ga. “I didn’t feel like I had that connection. I tried to share my experiences with others but no one else was celebrating it.”

C-Ridge eyes timber to help fund soccer field

December 18, 2009 NEWARK — Some of the proceeds to fund a future soccer field at the Cedar Ridge School District will be made possible by harvesting some of the campus’ biggest timber.Cedar Ridge School Board agreed Tuesday to allow the select harvest of such timber at the nature center and other areas on campus and use the proceeds to fund a soccer field, possibly located at or near the nature center area. The board agreed to have Chad Crabtree harvest the timber for 50 percent and 33 percent (of the gross) for red oak and gum trees, respectively.In other business the board:

Two arrested on drug charges

December 18, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — Bond was set at $165,000 Thursday for a Smithville-Imboden area man on his 39th birthday following his arrest the previous day, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the criminal investigations division of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.Jeff Malone and 27-year-old Kayla Harber of Viola were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Grinch steals Christmas gifts

December 18, 2009 OIL TROUGH — An Oil Trough woman says that a Christmas Grinch paid a visit to her home and stole her children’s Christmas presents while she was away for a just a few minutes Tuesday morning.Kelly Ford of 2264 Blackland Road told Deputy Matt Thomas that around 7 a.m. she took her children to the bus stop about a quarter of a mile away and when she returned home some 10 minutes later she found the presents missing. Kelly said she saw no vehicles come or go from her driveway during the time she was at the bus stop.

Officer nabs woman on bridge

December 18, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — A 911 call saying a woman “looked as though she was going to jump from the bridge,” resulted in a disorderly conduct charge.According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, a call was placed at approximately 3:57 p.m. Thursday saying that a woman was on the bridge that crosses Lake Norfork on Highway 62.

Batesville Schools out for break

December 18, 2009 Batesville Schools will be out for winter break Dec. 21-Jan. 4, according to a news release. Classes will resume Jan. 5.

Man to celebrate 90th birthday

December 18, 2009 Robert Stroud will celebrate his 90th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville.All family and friends are invited to attend.He requests no gifts.