North Little Rock — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is advising citizens whose residences may have sustained damages as a result of the pre-Christmas flooding to consider the following suggestions from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
Zabrien Meek Sr. and Desiree Hudspeth, Zabrien II, Steven and Austin of Cherokee Village have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 28, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and has been named Alexander Ivan Meek.
Grandparents of the child are Donald and Virginia Meek, John and Angel Brunner and Daniel Hudspeth.
Danny and Jeanna Gillihan, Elizabeth, Liberty and Kenzy of Melbourne have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Dec. 29, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 9.4 ounces and has been named Eeva Grace Garland Gillihan.
Grandparents of the child are Bob and Kathy Burns and Dan and Ruth Gillihan.
Great-grandparents are Villa Gillihan, Tony and Ruth Mello, Bob and Marsha Burns, Lou Ella Book and Ray Book.
Randall Craig and Carrie St. John of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Dec. 27, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds and has been named Chloe Nicole Craig.
Grandparents of the child are Cindy Cole of Mountain View, Danny and Diann St. John of Batesville and Jimmy and Julie Craig of Cave City.
Great-grandparents are Jeff and Marilyn Wolford of Batesville and Sanford and Willene St. John.
The last Saturday before Christmas I attended a little Tea Party in Starkville. About 500 people came, one from as far away as New York! Actually, the young man from New York was walking across America to protest out-of-control spending in Washington and happened to be in Mississippi.
Others came from our state capital as well as surrounding towns and communities. All in all, I was surprised at the whopping turnout on the coldest day of the Christmas shopping season in our little town.
The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its next quarterly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 409 Vine St.
Lunch is brown bag. Guest speaker Arthurine Harrison, from the Department of Human Services Division of Volunteerism, will discuss “Humor Helps: Peeks at Personality Types (mine, yours, and those difficult people we work with).”
The meeting is open to volunteer coordinators and anyone who is interested in volunteerism and volunteer management.
A Cord man allegedly armed with a loaded pistol is being held in the Independence County jail on numerous felony charges with his bond at $1 million, according to a court affidavit filed by sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.
The affidavit states that on Christmas Eve, Independence County deputies and an Arkansas State Police trooper responded to a report of a reckless driver in a blue GMC pickup truck entering west Batesville from the north on Highway 69.
Almost one year after Mother Nature wrecked havoc with deadly tornadoes, this year began with freezing rain that turned into a major ice storm leaving homes and businesses without power for days, some even weeks.
Thousands were left without power after the ice weighed down trees and broke utility poles. Emergency shelters were opened in Independence and surrounding counties.