Memories sought for special section

December 4, 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 andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Wednesday.

Counties declared disaster areas

December 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in 37 Arkansas counties following the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck Arkansas beginning Oct. 29, Gov. Mike Beebe learned Thursday afternoon. The declaration covers Boone, Bradley, Calhoun, Carroll, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Cross, Dallas, Franklin, Fulton, Grant, Izard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Poinsett, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Francis, Scott, Sharp, Stone, Union, Van Buren, White and Woodruff.

Alzheimer’s program offered

December 4, 2009 JONESBORO — The Center on Aging-Northeast will host a free community education series, “When a Family Member Has Alzheimer’s,” from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17 at the facility at 303 E. Matthews in Jonesboro.This series targets family members of those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and are in the early to middlestages. Topics to be discussed during the 2-part program include: an overview of the disease, coping skills, community resources and future planning tips.

Arts, crafts on display

December 4, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The works of some of Arkansas’s finest artists and crafters are displayed at the 31st annual Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase Friday through Sunday.Jewelry, woodworks, pottery, photography, hand-blown and stained glass, fiber art, oils, mixed media and baskets are just some of the handmade items that will be offered by approximately 100 artisans. This seasonal shopping extravaganza is held in Hall 4 of the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. For more information contact the Craft Guild at arkcrafguild@mvtel.net or (870) 269-4120.

Ornament workshop offered

December 4, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will present a Holiday Ornaments Inspired by Nature workshop at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 for children of all ages.The nature center will provide acorns, evergreen cones and other natural materials to create holiday ornaments, said Sarah Baxter, education program specialist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.The nature center is located at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro. For more information, call (870) 933-6787 or e-mail lgelkins@agfc.state.ar.us.

Concord hires city marshal

December 4, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council voted 5-0 in special session Thursday to hire Christopher McMunn as city marshal to replace Robbie Cooper, who resigned recently to take another job, council member Jackie Rone said.McMunn, 36, is the assistant chief of police at Cedarville and has 16 or 17 years in law enforcement, following some military service, Rone said.“He also has a four-year degree in criminal justice. He’s very well qualified,” she said. “He’ll start Jan. 2.”

Cave City contests announced

December 4, 2009 CAVE CITY —The Cave City Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, according to a news release.Anyone interested in participating should begin lining up at 1 p.m. in the UniFirst parking lot. The parade will follow state Highway 230 west, then turn south on Main Street. When it reaches South Street, it will turn west and disband at the city park.The theme is “Through a Child’s Eyes.”“We encourage a lot of lighting on the floats as it is dark at that time,” the release states. “There will be a first-place prize of $200 and a second-place prize of $100.”

Ranch to host craft fair

December 4, 2009 BETHESDA — The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches Country Christmas Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the ranch on St. Vincent Place, off Earnheart Road in Bethesda.On display will be a wide variety of handmade crafts, including woodwork, etched glass, ironwork, wreaths, sweatshirts, dolls, teddy bears, candles, ceramics, wall hangings, birdhouses, pillows, baskets, cookbooks, baked goods, candies, jewelry and other items.Admission is free. For more information call (870) 793-6841, extension 2-1.

Budgets top water board agenda

December 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the water office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to consider proposed 2010 water and wastewater budgets, Manager John Richardson said.The directors will also consider purchasing a half-ton truck.November water and wastewater financial reports, a system totals report and a surface water optimization criteria report will also be heard, as will a legal report.A review of current bills completes the agenda.

Signs of rock ’n’ roll go up on 67

December 4, 2009 SWIFTON — Arkansas highway Director Dan Flowers, rock ’n’ roll music pioneer Sonny Burgess, state Rep. J.R. Rogers and others unveiled the first “Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67” road sign Thursday on the famed 67 highway directly across from the equally famous King of Clubs at Swifton.