Outdoors columnist explains why she wears fur

December 11, 2009 The ladies at the next table were leaning closer as Loretta and I admired my new fox and bobcat jacket. I was explaining to my friend that we’d caught the animals on our trapline last year, and that I’d had them made into this beautiful coat. After almost falling out of her chair in an effort to overhear, the closer woman at the next table finally worked up her courage.    “What a good-looking coat,” she said. “I’ve never seen one quite like it. Is it rabbit?”

Duggar delivers 19th child

December 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Duggars have welcomed their 19th baby to their home, earlier than expected.Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced today that they welcomed their 19th child and their 9th daughter to the world. Michelle Duggar gave birth to the baby girl during an emergency Cesarean section Thursday night at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

A different world: Terrorism in the 2000s

December 11, 2009 Major lethal terrorist attacks outside of active war zones in the past decade:• Sept. 11, 2001: Near-simultaneous attacks by al-Qaida on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an airliner traveling over Pennsylvania kill nearly 3,000 people.• Oct. 12, 2002: A bomb blamed on Islamic militants destroys a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.• March 11, 2004: Rush-hour bomb attacks on commuter trains headed for Madrid’s main southern station kill 191 people and wound about 1,800.

End of the ’00s

December 11, 2009 As 9/11 decade ends, ‘memory’ is potent word 

Service news

December 11, 2009 San Antonio — Army Spec. Michael E. Loucks is deploying overseas as a member of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade out of Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash., to serve in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ho-ho-healthy? Parents struggling to watch kid diets

December 11, 2009 NEW YORK — Pam Vetter’s 15-year-old son balked when she told him she was opting for a healthier holiday season this year: fish rather than turkey, fewer carbs and sweets.He threatened to purchase a turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pies and put together his own traditional meal.“It’s a moral challenge,” said Vetter, 44, a nonreligious celebrant in West Hills, Calif., who conducts funerals. She also has a 14-year-old son. “Do you make part of your family angry for the holiday season by cutting out the carbs and sweets?”

Modern Woodmen donates to Cedar Ridge’s Angel Tree

December 11, 2009 Batesville Modern Woodmen of America members recently donated Christmas items to Cedar Ridge School’s Angel Tree program as part of the organization’s Care and Share program.Care and Share is a nationwide program that offers Modern Woodmen camps across the country the opportunity to provide up to $750 worth of basic life necessities to individuals and families in need in their communities. Each year members from over 600 camps purchase and donate thousands of dollars worth of food, clothing and other items.

Quorum court to meet Monday

December 11, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the Jess B. Carpenter building. The agenda will include ordinances to amend the 2009 budget, authorize salaries and wages for officials and employees, amend the pay step schedule for juvenile detention personnel, and levy school, municipal, county, and improvement district taxes for the year 2009, to be collected in 2010.The meeting is open to the public.

Ark. sued for rejecting group’s display at Capitol

December 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group hoping to counter a nativity scene at the Arkansas Capitol sued the state Thursday for rejecting its proposal for a nonreligious winter solstice display.The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers sued Secretary of State Charlie Daniels in federal court, accusing him of violating the group’s constitutional rights in not allowing its display.

DWI coordinator offers holiday safety tips

December 11, 2009 Shannon Womack, DWI coordinator of Health Resources of Arkansas, is joining with other national, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.