Family & Friends Brief

December 12, 2008 Cushman church choir to present children's musical CUSHMAN - The Kids Choir of Cornerstone Community Church in Cushman will present a children's musical titled "All I Want for Christmas" at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Area Briefs

December 12, 2008 John 3:16 to hold Christmas celebration CHARLOTTE - John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte will host a Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A free meal of smoked turkey and all the trimmings will be served, followed by songs celebrating the birth of Jesus and testimonies of how Jesus has put the residents' lives back together, according to director Bryan Tuggle.

Fire station bids opened

December 12, 2008 Construction of a new fire station in west Batesville should begin "sometime shortly after the first of the year," according to Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell. Fourteen construction companies bid for the opportunity to build the new facility on White Drive near Poke Bayou. However, the winning bid of $1,085,860 went to Noacon of Fairfield Bay.

Former Charlotte man injured in wreck at Clinton

December 12, 2008 Two months ago, 35-year-old John Steer was a pallbearer at his friend's funeral. He helped carry the casket of Brandon Wood, who was killed in a wreck near Newark. Tuesday, the accident scenario was repeated in Van Buren County, this time with Steer as the driver.

Ethan’s art part of Miracle Ball

December 12, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - With the stroke of a paintbrush and a mind full of creativity, imagination comes to life for Ethan Marbaise while standing behind an art easel and a blank canvas. And like any artist, creativity can come at anytime, anywhere - even when you're 6.

Rutherford dies at 110

December 12, 2008 Betty Rutherford lived during 19 different presidential administrations and was proud to cast a ballot earlier this year for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rutherford died Thursday - just over a month away from a new president taking office. She was 110.

39th Brigade nearing home

December 12, 2008 CAMP SHELBY JOINT FORCES TRAINING CENTER, Miss. - The 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team continues its transition home with multiple flights this week, bringing the total count to 1,700 having returned from Iraq.

UACCB students voice opinions

December 12, 2008 With the last day of classes, only a few students could be found walking the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville this morning. However, the name Drew Douglas Grant was not a name that rang familiar for a few students when asked their thoughts about the now 22-year-old, who at age 11 murdered one teacher and four students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro 10 years ago with classmate Mitchell Johnson.

Additional details emerge

December 12, 2008 Additional details of Drew Douglas Grant's life in the Batesville trade area have emerged since he filed an application to carry a concealed handgun. Grant, of Evening Shade, is the former Andrew Golden, who with Mitchell Johnson shot and killed four students and a teacher, and wounded several others, 10 years ago at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro.

Sports Briefs

December 11, 2008 College football NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Tebow will go for two against a pair of talented quarterbacks from the Big 12 when the Heisman Trophy is handed out Saturday night. Sam Bradford from Oklahoma and Colt McCoy from Texas joined Tebow as Heisman finalists.