Massage therapist relocates

December 16, 2008 Massage therapist Barbara Barnes is announcing the relocation of her business, Touch of Class Massage, to the Glen Marc Shopping Center at 960 23rd St. in Batesville. Barnes said she is not only moving to a new location, but she has acquired a new license as well, that of a state certified instructor.

Wheelchair overturns; Huttig man drowns

December 16, 2008 HUTTIG (AP) - Authorities say a Huttig man drowned after his motorized wheelchair flipped on top of him in a watery ditch. The Union County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Leamon Earl Thomas was driving his wheelchair near his home Friday when he got stuck in the grass. Authorities say Thomas tried to move the chair forward when it rolled down the side of the ditch and flipped, pinning him face down underneath it.

Arkansas suffers steady layoffs amid slow economy

December 16, 2008 By Kelly P. Kissel Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK - Word that a rail car maker in Paragould could have enough work to last through Christmas was the bright spot Monday amid a steady stream of layoff notices that is dragging down Arkansas' economy and its people.

Two arrested in 1992 killing

December 16, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sixteen years after Dan Coleman was killed, his wife and a suburban St. Louis firefighter face charges related to the crime. Both James Kornhardt, 49, and Karen Coleman, 54, were charged Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one count of murder for hire.

Nation’s first face transplant done in Cleveland hospital

December 16, 2008 CLEVELAND (AP) -The nation's first near-total face transplant has been done on a woman at the Cleveland Clinic, the hospital announced Tuesday. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow replaced nearly all of the woman's face - 80 percent - with that of a dead female donor in an operation a couple weeks ago.

Chuck Berry home on National Register

December 16, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Roll over Beethoven - Chuck Berry's house earns national recognition. The modest one-story red-brick house in St. Louis where the rock 'n' roll pioneer lived for eight years in the 1950s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, city officials confirmed Monday.

Moot court team places in tourney

December 16, 2008 Four Lyon College students recently placed in the moot court Southeastern Regional Tournament in Georgia. After three preliminary rounds, juniors Monica Day of Overbrook, Kan., Travis Moore of Batesville, Josh Looney of Springdale and Bailey Dunlap of Jonesboro made it to the tournament's final 16 teams.

What to serve Santa changes throughout different nations

December 16, 2008 LONDON (AP) - Santa's rounds in Europe can be hungry work. The jolly old elf can count on mince pies and sherry in Britain, but in Denmark the food is left out for gnomes, not for Julmanden (Santa). In desperation in Belgium, St. Nick could always grab one of the carrots left out for his horse.

Club News

December 16, 2008 Independence County DAR The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its December meeting recently in the George Rider Room, First Community Bank. Regent Linda Carol Cooper of Melbourne called the meeting to order and welcomed members and a guest, Linda Elliott Taylor of Oxford.

Woman missing

December 16, 2008 With overnight temperatures dipping into the low 20s, along with freezing rain and sleet for the last two days, police are concerned about a Newark woman reported missing in a field near her home Friday afternoon.