2008 Ozark Folk Center awards presented

December 19, 2008 Mountain View - The Ozark Folk Center State Park held its annual Christmas Party Dec. 8 at the Skillet Restaurant, according to a news release. As part of this annual event, special awards are presented to employees for their outstanding service to visitors and the folk center. Recipients are as follows:

Family & Friends Briefs

December 19, 2008 Church to present musical Ruddell Hill Baptist Church will present "Home for Christmas" at 10:55 a.m. Sunday. According to a news release, "Home for Christmas" is "a delightful Christmas musical with a powerful message and great songs the whole family will enjoy."

BIRTHS

December 19, 2008 Jackie Brayden Michael Diana Michael and LouAnn Diana of Mountain View have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Dec. 11, 2008. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 7.8 ounces and has been named Jackie Brayden Michael Diana.

Teen remains in foster care

December 19, 2008 TEXARKANA (AP) - A teenager allegedly abused during his stay with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries will remain in foster care until he turns 18 at the end of this month, a lawyer for his parents says.

Ark. court: Paper must take case to lower court

December 19, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that a newspaper must appeal a judge's order sealing jail records involving the suspect in the death of a television anchorwoman to the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Newark man charged with endangering son

December 19, 2008 A Newark man got a special invitation to see a judge, along with a handful of tickets, Tuesday afternoon for allegedly hot rodding his truck on the icy streets of Newark with his small, unrestrained son as a passenger.

Woman nabbed in salon theft

December 19, 2008 A former Fayetteville woman was arrested Thursday afternoon for reportedly stealing money from one beauty salon, and attempting to steal from another. Detective Alan Cockrill with the Independence County Sheriff's Office said Dawn Carter, 30, was arrested after she reportedly tried to steal money from The Hair Loft beauty salon at 1370 Neeley St.

Arrests made in break-ins

December 19, 2008 Two people are in custody and possibly facing federal charges for their alleged part in a rash of multi-county post office break-ins. Jimmy Hooper, 29, and his wife Christa Hooper, 23, who live at 2560 E. Main St. were arrested Thursday following an extensive investigation by Independence, Sharp, Stone and Fulton County authorities.

Missing woman not found in pond

December 19, 2008 NEWARK - A small farm pond off Fourth Street in Newark does not contain the body of a woman who has been missing for a week. Independence County authorities said this morning they did not find the body of 31-year-old Jennye L. Davis, who disappeared in the area near the pond on Dec. 12.

Walmart heads up Shop With A Cop

December 19, 2008 A total of 51 children turned out for the Shop With a Cop night after Walmart teamed up with the Independence County Sheriff's Office for Thursday evening's event. Batesville Walmart store manager Brenda Bullard and Sheriff Keith Bowers paired 51 area children up with local police, fire and emergency medical personnel for some Christmas shopping.