• Fresh, frozen or canned: Cranberries are holiday tradition

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Only a few years ago, cranberries were seldom seen outside the holiday season and even then they were primarily served as sauce with the turkey. Now, sweetened, dried cranberries, along with cranberry juice and sauce, are enjoyed throughout the year. Fresh cranberries are generally available only from September to December, but you can find frozen berries all year round.

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  • Facilities needed

    By all accounts from everyone I’ve talked to, the recent downtown antiques fair/craft show event was a success (about 3,000 estimated in attendance) in spite of one day of inclement weather.
    In fact it was enough of a success that the dates have already been nailed down for next year, Oct. 22 and 23, according to Main Street Batesville Director Paula Grimes.

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  • Beebe playing role in health debate

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe doesn’t have a vote on proposals to overhaul the nation’s health care system, but he’s still finding a role to play.
    Although Beebe avoids saying which of the health care proposals floating in the House or Senate he prefers, he’s given political cover to conservative Democrats by raising concerns about the cost of the reforms.

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  • Christmas in November

    Branson, Mo. at Christmas time is a wonderful experience even when it’s the first week of November, sunny and 70 degrees.
    For the second time in two years my fiancé Luke Stroud and I made the trip to the entertainment capital of the South just as the town kicks off the holiday season.
    I didn’t know what to think of such spirit so early last year, however, it must have had some effect on me because I couldn’t wait to go back this year around Nov. 6.

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  • Sharp Co. budget tops agenda

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat to consider a proposed 2010 budget and a pay schedule for employees for the upcoming year, according to an agenda for the session.
    A schedule for the levy of taxes for 2009 to be collected in 2010 will also be considered.
    A resolution concerning replacement of heating and air conditioning units in the courthouse is also on the agenda.
    Monthly reports from elected officials will also be reviewed.

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  • Candidates for city marshal to be interviewed tonight

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the community center to interview four candidates for city marshal, council member Jackie Rone said.
    During last week’s regular meeting, the aldermen reviewed all seven applications for the job, created when former marshal Robbie Cooper resigned to take a position elsewhere.

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  • Humane society to host bake sale

    The Humane Society of Independence County is having a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawgs Exxon.
    There will be lots of goodies, and all the proceeds will go to help take care of and feed the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that are there.
    “And after you have stopped and picked up some sweets, come on by the shelter facilities and see if you can find room in your heart and your home for a special forever friend,” a news release states. “Adoptions are half price and the humane society has a variety of dogs and cats that would love to go ‘home for the holidays.’”

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  • Crash involved sport plane

    AGNOS (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane that crashed in rural northern Arkansas, killing the pilot, was an experimental aircraft that the agency has recommended grounding.
    The Zodiac CH-601XL that crashed Nov. 6 in Fulton County killed 71-year-old Charles Cummings of North Aurora, Ill. The NTSB says the amateur-built plane broke apart in flight, scattering debris in an area more than 600 feet long. Both wings had separated from the fuselage in flight.

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  • Students invited to ‘family night’

    High school students and their parents are invited to learn about majors offered by Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas during a “family night” event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the Independence County Extension Office, 1779 Myers St. in Batesville.
    Ashley Harris, Bumpers College student and alumni relations coordinator, said the college offers 14 majors in plants, animals, food, business, the natural environment and the human environment.

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  • WRAA to hold fairs

    White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. has planned several enrollment fairs to help Medicare beneficiaries compare their current drug coverage with the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and to enroll in a plan.
    The enrollment fair schedule is:
    • Wednesday — University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, 8 a.m. to noon;

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  • Cause of death not determined

    The exact cause of death of a Floral man whose body was found in a local cemetery a week ago has not been determined by the state crime lab, according to Independence County authorities.
    Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that the initial report regarding the death of 49-year-old Eugene Raymond Parker is inconclusive.
    “The report we got said he didn’t die from any type of trauma and there’s no sign of foul play,” Bittle said. “We’re still waiting for the toxicology report and that could take two or three months.”

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  • Land used for prayer site

    CHARLOTTE — If Bryan Tuggle had seen the three crosses along Highway 25 on his way back from the liquor store, he might have stopped and his life could have taken a different turn.
    At the time there was no sign, at least for him, that he needed to straighten up and quit drinking and running around. Getting clean and sober wouldn’t come for a few more years.
    But for those traveling the road to Elgin these days, the sign is there — if they will pay heed to it.

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