NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Workers at Butterball’s turkey-tips hot line are used to oddball situations:
• The woman who cleaned out her turkey with a scrub brush and asked if that was OK to do. (You don’t need to do that.)
• People who thaw a turkey in the bathtub while washing their kids. (Don’t do that, either.)
• A man looking for a quick way to cook his turkey who put it in the oven on the cleaning cycle. (Also not advisable.)
For Butterball, the nation’s top-selling turkey brand, preparing for such out-of-left-field calls is serious business.
The Spring Valley community north of Batesville, on Highway 167, is now the home to TmarT #11 convenience store featuring pure, non-ethanol Citgo Gasoline, according to owners Jerry and Connie Townsley.
“We’ve done a complete remodel of the old store that was here, it doesn’t look anything like it did,” Jerry Townsley said. “We’ve put in new tile floors in the entire store, installed new kitchen and soda fountain equipment. It’s all fresh and modern.”
SWIFTON — Sonny Burgess, who was with Sun Records of Memphis during its heyday in the 1950s, and pianist/vocalist Rockin’ Luke Stroud will join drummer Rickey Copeland for a Thanksgiving night show and dance at the Swifton Community Center, Burgess said.
A member of Copeland’s band, Faultline, will play bass for the show.
Admission is $5. The music begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 9.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Waldo Stewart Brafford, 94, of Mountain View died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in Mountain View.
Born June 23, 1915, in Wheeling, W.Va., he was the son of Walter and Ella Price Brafford. He had been employed as a superintendent of utilities at Kaiser Steel. He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Caudle of Mountain Home and Barbara Clark of Ontario, Calif.; and a sister, Ruth Brafford of California.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Robert Dale Kincade, 57, of Cherokee Village died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at his home.
Born Aug. 25, 1952, in Alton, Ill., he was the son of William Alvin Kincade and Barbara Reiter. He was a police officer and code enforcement officer for the Cherokee Village Police Department. He was a member of O.R.D.S. church.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffery Kincade and Michael Kincade, both of North Carolina; two brothers, William James Kincade of Virginia and David Wayne Kincade of North Carolina; and a grandson.
DESHA — Mamie Ruth Walters Wootton, 80, of Desha died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Nov. 2, 1929, at Redfield, she was the daughter of Johnny Edward Walters Sr. and Lennie Leola Dearmore Walters. She worked for Olan Mills Portrait Studio for many years and enjoyed gardening, reading and flea markets. She was of the Baptist faith.
Lance Cpl. Randy Roberts Jr., son of Randy and Angelique Roberts of Jacksonville, N.C., has deployed to Afganistan in support of combat operations. He is presently serving with First Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii as an infantry assaultman.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 2008 after graduating from Grace Baptist School in Jacksonville.
Winter squash can play a major role in creating healthy and delicious meals for the holidays. This versatile relative to the melon and cucumber comes in many different sizes, colors, flavors and shapes. While the pumpkin may be the most popular and recognized winter quash, there are many other choices at the grocery store including butternut, acorn and cushaw.
Ronald and Virginia Beel will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank in Batesville.
Ronald James Bell left Hutchinson Mountain in June 1957, headed for Freeport, Ill., where he met his future lifelong partner, Virginia Mae Beverley. They went to Dubuque, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 1959, to elope.
Lonnie and Brandy Day, Gabriella, Robert and Patience of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 18, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 4.2 ounces and has been named Lance James Day.
Grandparents of the child are Paula and Javier Cruz, Lonnie and Jettia Day and Dannie and Tammy Roper.
Joshua Henry and Rachel Gates and Aja of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 19, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 9.1 ounces and has been named Joshua Dewayne Henry Jr.
Grandparents of the child are Sharon Henry, Jerry Henry, Teresa Hightower and Dennis Gates.
Great-grandparents are Betty Elumbaugh, Teddy Elumbaugh, Nelly Ross and Betty Davis.
Michael and Lisa Meaders and Kaylee of Evening Shade have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 19, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 7.7 ounces and has been named Aiden Leland Meaders.
Grandparents of the child are Chaney and Deborah Emmerich, Roger and Terri Sanders and Donnie and Shelly Meaders.
Great-grandparents are Faye Connery, Sara Emmerich, Homer and Joyce Sanders, Bob Morgan and Bobby Meaders.