End of an era: Oprah ending show after 25 years

November 20, 2009 CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey was set to announce today that her powerhouse daytime television show, the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire with legions of fans, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.Winfrey planned to announce the final date for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during a live broadcast, according to her production company, Harpo Productions Inc. She said at the beginning of the show that she had some news to share and that she would discuss it at the end of the show.

TCF offers tips on what not to say to bereaved parents during holidays

November 20, 2009 Oak Brook, Ill. — With the holidays upon us, families that have suffered the tragic loss of a child are often trying to figure out how they can simply survive the season. Unfortunately, those very people who most care about them, relatives and close friends, often say the wrong things, hurting the very people they’re trying to comfort.

Author pens Christmas book

November 20, 2009 Local author Stella Mary Hash recently released a book geared for children ages 4 to 12 titled “L.J.’s Special Christmas.”The book depicts the adventures of L.J. the donkey’s life as it leads up to his bearing the mother of Jesus to Bethlehem, which is his old home place. L.J. reunites with loved ones and witnesses the birth of the Messiah.Hash will read and sign her book at several area schools and bookstores in the coming weeks.The book is available online at xlibris.com, or it may be requested at local bookstores.

Winter Gala plans under way

November 20, 2009 Main Street Batesville will host its annual Winter Gala Jan. 30 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant.“It’s a chance to dress up, get out of the house, and have some fun,” said Paula Grimes, executive director. “This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. We’ll have great food, entertainment, and both live and silent auctions.”For more information, call Grimes at (870) 793-4632 or e-mail downtownbatesville@sbcglobal.net.

Oldest church in Arkansas to be topic of walk-through

November 20, 2009 SEARCY — Explore the history of Smyrna Church and Cemetery in Searcy as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program hosts a Walk Through History tour on Dec. 5. The event is co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society.The Smyrna Church is the oldest documented church building in Arkansas and the cemetery contains grave markers dating back to the 1850s.

‘Small Works on Paper: Retro Works’ now on display

November 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A touring art exhibition co-sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council is now on display in Batesville through Jan. 29. “Small Works on Paper: Retro Works” can be viewed in the Roy Row Sr., and Imogene Row Johns Library and Academic Building on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville located at 2005 White Drive.Admission is free.Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Verizon Wireless lays off former Alltel workers

November 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Verizon Wireless laid off more former Alltel Corp. headquarters workers Thursday, saying the jobs were redundant after its acquisition of the Arkansas-based wireless provider.Verizon Wireless declined to say how many workers were being let go in the latest layoffs, but said they were in areas such as finance, marketing and legal.“Those are strictly redundancies we’ve identified due to the transition,” Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Lucie Pathmann said. “As we said all along ... there were going to be redundancies.”

ASU to present annual Madrigal Feaste Dec. 3-5

November 20, 2009 Jonesboro — In the style of Merrie Olde England, with costumes, decorations, comedy, and fanfare, the Arkansas State University Choirs will present the eleventh Madrigal Feaste on Dec. 3-5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall of ASU’s Fowler Center.The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, and new choral music education professor, Kyle Chandler, will host the evening’s entertainment and serve as the court of King Henry the Eighth of England, Jonesboro and Craighead County.

Ozarka to offer GED test

November 20, 2009 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 and 9 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Dec. 1 and 8;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Dec. 7 and 14;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, Dec. 3 and 10;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Dec. 14.

Jonesboro septic system users look for alternative

November 20, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro utility says it will end its long-standing practice of accepting sewage dumped from septic systems.The decision by Jonesboro City Water and Light will be effective after Nov. 30, after which area residents who use septic systems must find alternative ways to dump their waste.Local plumbers say they won’t be able to pump from the systems until another place is found to dump the sewage.