New rabies law to go into effect

December 2, 2009 Little Rock — The updated Rabies Control Act has new rules passed by the State Board of Health that allow for a longer interval between rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. The new rules will become effective Jan. 1.

French’s offers quick, easy tips

December 2, 2009 PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The French’s test kitchen offers some quick and easy entertaining ideas, whether for an elegant sit-down dinner or casual buffet.

Quartet to perform Thursday at church

December 2, 2009 DESHA — Tribute Quartet of Nashville, Tenn., will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Desha. The concert is open to the public.Group manager and lead vocalist Gary Casto of Hendersonville, Tenn., originally from West Virginia, has more than 20 years experience in the Southern gospel genre. He is involved in the Southern Gospel Music Association, Southern Gospel Music Guild and the National Quartet Convention. He was formerly tenor vocalist with the Wilburns.

Cushman church to present ‘The Bethlehem Project’

December 2, 2009 CUSHMAN — Cornerstone Community Church in Cushman will present a musical titled “The Bethlehem Project” at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.Members of the choir include Jon Adams, Sarah Beth Adams, Brianna Bass, Seth Brooks, Amy Cowden, Lauren Cowden, Lyndsay Cowden, Heather Fulbright, Lexi Fulbright, Kenlee Gallegly, Taylor Hellums, Kelsey Huff, Abbie Lawrence, Halle McTigue, Hannah McTigue, Carlie Traub, Coleton Traub, Greg Vickery, Fern Vickery and Brayden Wright.The musical will be directed by Kathy Carter and Joy Camden.

John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

December 2, 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.

Open house planned

December 2, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold its Christmas Open House and the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council Community Concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jacksonport Courthouse. The event includes live holiday music by local choirs, bands and musical groups, free tours of the courthouse and refreshments. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations instead of tour fees will be accepted and distributed to local charities for the holidays. For more information, contact park interpreter Donna Bentley at (870) 523-2143 or

Country Christmas planned

December 2, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Women’s Country Christmas, consisting of a luncheon, fellowship and service, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 101 Fairview St. in Melbourne.Flora Bolden of Earle will be the guest speaker.The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken.For more information, call Jennifer Martin, pastor, at (870) 283-4238.

ConAgra retirees to meet

December 2, 2009 A dinner for all retired ConAgra employees and their spouses will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The meal will be Dutch treat.For more information call Clifford Parker at (870) 251-2218.

Fish, chicken dinner set

December 2, 2009 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain community will hold a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the community center.The all-you-can-eat buffet, including drink and dessert, will cost $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under. 

MOMS to have yard sale

December 2, 2009 Moms Offering Moms Support Club of Batesville will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Batesville.Items for sale will include children’s clothing, toys, Christmas items, housewares and other items.The sale will benefit Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, including resurfacing the basketball court at the ranch.For more information call Charity Wycough at (870) 834-0016.