VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — Victoria Rogers had originally planned to make an early stop the day after Thanksgiving last year at the Walmart store in Valley Stream on Long Island. Her last-minute decision against it might have saved her life.
“We saw the mob, and we said no,” she said. “Walmart’s not the store.”
What she saw that day was no ordinary crowd of shoppers, but a throng police say jammed through the doors upon the store’s opening in a mad dash for holiday savings, trampling a guard to death.
The longbow is a work of art, the latigo buckskin jacket and pants look soft and comfortable enough to sleep in. Even the arrows are handmade from river cane and tipped with obsidian arrowheads tied on with sinew. Each detail is painstakingly done and beautifully decorated. Drew Turner has turned back-to-basics hunting into an art form.
It all started the summer of 1992 when Turner met Greg Ladner, a bow maker, and saw some of his creations. He was impressed and thought, “I can do this.”
Soon Turner was spending time doing research on traditional bow making.
POWHATAN — Powhatan Historic State Park’s annual Holiday Ball, featuring history, music and dancing, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 12 and everyone is invited, park interpreter Kristyn Watts said.
“Music and dance instruction will be provided by the 52nd Regimental String Band out of Memphis, and refreshments will be provided,” she said.
Ticket prices are $10 for singles or $8 for a costumed single, and $20 per couple or $15 for a costumed couple. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the park at (870) 878-6765.
A 30-year-old Cave City man has been formally charged with 24 counts of second-degree forgery in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
In a court affidavit, Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle said the charges were filed against Jody Lee Lovell of 239 Rainbow Lane after he allegedly used a stolen check to make a purchase at the Batesville Radio Shack store.
According to Barbara Lazlo of Radio Shack, Lovell came into the store on Oct. 17 and used a check on the account of Mary Jane Edwards to make a purchase.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are working to develop medicines that counter alcohol’s toxic effects in an effort to create new treatments for alcoholism, the medical school announced Wednesday.
The school said it was awarded three federal grants worth $3.1 million to advance its work on the potential treatments to prevent brain cells from damage from alcohol.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas prisons director Larry Norris is retiring after a 16-year tenure rocked in recent months by misconduct allegations within the system.
Spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Wednesday that Norris, 61, plans to retire effective Jan. 4. She said Norris told Gov. Mike Beebe and members of the state Board of Corrections on Monday of his plans, and that no replacement has been named.
Tyler said Norris had not been forced out of his job. She said he simply decided the time was right for him to retire, and that Norris plans to spend more time with his family.
WEST MEMPHIS — Norris Brad Calaway Sr., 60, of West Memphis died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in a West Memphis hospital.
He was a firearms instructor for the Arkansas Highway Police and a background investigator. He was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Calaway; a daughter, Heather Hicks of West Memphis; a sister, Dr. Lisa Calaway Batky of Dallas; two grandchildren, Olivia Harrison and Isabella Hicks, both of West Memphis; and two nieces, Nova Massey of San Diego and Alana Massey of New York, N.Y.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Gertrude Tackett, 89, of Pleasant Plains died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at her home.
Born July 31, 1920, at Mount Pisgah, she was the daughter of Thadus and Maybelle Pittman Oliver. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.
Survivors include a son, Floyd Tackett of Batesville; two daughters, Wanda Evridge of Pleasant Plains and Martha McDonald of Hooks, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Michael Radford Wright, 66, of Cherokee Village died Oct. 24, 2009, in a Little Rock hospital.
He served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a casino floor supervisor and was a member of the Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Wright; two daughters, Cristina Rowen of Kentucky and Laura Graham of Lafayette, Ind.; a brother, David Wicks; a sister, Lesta Lane; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel in Highland.
Shawna Curtis of Batesville has announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Oct. 31, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 5.6 ounces and has been named Silve Dixie Curtis.
Grandparents of the child are Karen Brown and Gary and Illene Curtis.
Great-grandparents are Juanita Jackson and the late Fred Jackson Jr., Betty and John Carter and the late Lonnie Curtis.
CAVE CITY — Doyle and Clara Patterson Cossey of the Cedar Grove community will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary during a reception hosted by their children from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Cedar Grove Church Fellowship Hall located on Sunset Ridge Road.
All friends and relatives are invited. Cards can be mailed to 199 Buster Lane, Cave City, AR 72521.
They were married Nov. 27, 1949, in the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church by Hall James with sister of the bride Peggy Ross and friend Junior Liles as witnesses.