A social networking timeline

December 9, 2009 Milestones in social networking over the past decade:2002 — Friendster launches and becomes a social networking force until MySpace and the more buttoned-up LinkedIn hit the scene in 2003 and slowly gain more traction.2004 — Facebook begins to become a staple of communication for college students. The service opens up to high schoolers in 2005, corporate networks in 2006 and eventually becomes a worldwide phenomenon.2005 — YouTube, an online video hosting site, launches.

End of the ’00s

December 9, 2009 Decade of tweets, friendsand hands across the Web 

ASU student honored

December 9, 2009 Jonesboro — Fifty Arkansas State University students were recently selected to receive the Outstanding Who’s Who Award for 2009.Amber Woods of Batesville, a nursing major in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was among the students who made the nationally recognized list.

Museum to host party

December 9, 2009 The Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville will host an Old Fashioned Family Christmas Party on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The party gives kids and adults the opportunity to experience the traditions of Christmases past and learn the history of holiday customs, said Amanda Nikkel, volunteer coordinator. The event also features music, clogging demonstrations, a dessert walk, games and hands-on activities.

NADC meeting set

December 9, 2009 The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Italian Grill in Batesville.The agenda for the meeting will be: approval of minutes; Community Services Block Grant quarterly report; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act CSBG quarterly report; monitoring reports; Head Start application; ARRA weatherization update; and new business.

Annual meeting scheduled

December 9, 2009 The annual meeting of the board of directors of Spring Creek Manor Inc. will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fred’s Fish House, located at 3777 Harrison St. in Batesville.Lunch will follow.Included on the agenda are the renewal of expiring terms, election of officers, housing update, program report and financial statements.

Tips for ‘green’ holiday decor

December 9, 2009 Plastic ornaments, strands of electricity-hogging lights, trees chopped down by the millions: Christmas decorating isn’t exactly known as environmentally friendly.But, say design experts, there are plenty of ways to bring the sparkle and style of the season into your home without increasing your carbon footprint.BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Board tours bathrooms, discusses renovations

December 9, 2009 Library board members got a firsthand look Thursday at the bathroom renovations being made at the Independence County Library. Members Dr. Frank Winfrey, Charles Osborne Jr., Bill Hoskins and Sandy Barnett, along with White River Regional librarian Debra Sutterfield, toured the public men’s and women’s restrooms during the board’s December meeting.

Two laptops stolen from dorm; vacant house, corn crib burned

December 9, 2009 A Lyon College student reported two laptop computers stolen from his dorm room Sunday afternoon.Bradley Powers said he locked the door of his room when he left around 2:30 p.m. and when he returned around 8 he found his Hewlett Packard laptop, along with a video and power cord for an Xbox 360, as well as a second laptop of an unknown brand missing.There were no signs of forced entry to the room.

Movie to be screened

December 9, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“Waterproof” features Academy Award winner and Golden Globe winner Burt Reynolds in a story of love, faith and spiritual awakening. The movie will be projected in high definition onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune into 88.1 FM for the audio.Concessions such as popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be for sale from the Jubilee Family Church Children’s Ministries, or viewers may bring their own snacks.