Salem plans parade

December 7, 2009 SALEM — The annual Salem Christmas Parade and Lights on the Square sponsored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The festivities will start in downtown Salem on the courtsquare with hot chocolate or coffee and cookies and Christmas caroling. Churches and school groups are asked to participate in the caroling on the square.

John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

December 7, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is 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, who is the head of the ministry’s catering division, 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.

Calico Rock to host tour

December 7, 2009 CALICO ROCK — This year’s Calico Rock Holiday Home and Lights Tour will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and will stop at three homes and two churches.Organizer Gloria Gushue said, “Christmas has become a time to decorate homes, churches and yards to celebrate this happy season. Once again, Calico Rock wants to show off its Christmas spirit with our fourth annual Home Tour.”

Christmas memories sought for special section

December 7, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.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: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to deadline for stories and photos is Wednesday.

Senior citizens’ dinner slated

December 7, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will hold its annual Christmas dinner for senior citizens at 6 p.m. Thursday.There will be drawings for prizes and admission is free. Those who need a ride and would like to arrange transportation can call the school at (870) 346-5481.

Plans proceed for new football complex

December 7, 2009 CAVE CITY — A bid of $131,514 from Fleming Electric Inc. of Bryant was accepted during last week’s Cave City School Board meeting for lighting for a planned football complex, Superintendent Steven Green said.The complex will be located just east of the new high school building and high school parking lot. Architect Jim Harris of Little Rock and local surveyor Pete Musgrave are developing plans to bid out dirt work for the project, Green said, but no target date has been set for dirt work to begin.

AARP members to have lunch

December 7, 2009 The Batesville AARP chapter will meet Tuesday at Western Sizzlin.The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. Ashleigh Rogers will be the guest speaker/singer. Other business includes installation of officers.The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to anyone age 55 and older.

Angel Tree seeks help

December 7, 2009 The Angel Tree still has 290 names of children to give out and time is running out, according to a news release.The United Way of Independence County has extended the last day to pick up an angel name to Dec. 14.  United Way also needs volunteers at the fairgrounds on Dec. 15, 16 and 17 to help take in and distribute presents. Call (870) 793-5991 to volunteer, take a name, or give a donation. 

Batesville BPW dissolves

December 7, 2009 The Batesville Business and Professional Women has been dissolved, according to Merry A. McSpadden.Any former member or relative of a former member wishing to donate any BPW related memorabilia may call McSpadden at (870) 793-3027.