Advice to farmers: Buy supplies now

December 9, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Prices for diesel fuel and fertilizer are about as low as they are going to go, and an agricultural consultant is advising farmers to buy their supplies now for the coming year. Richard Brock, president of Milwaukee-based Brock Associates, told rice farmers at the 2008 Rice Outlook Conference on Monday that price volatility is likely to continue and that growers should lock in low prices when they can.

Stay-at-home mother starts new errand service

December 9, 2008 A busy lifestyle can often leave us with little time to pick up the dry cleaning, shop for groceries, run by the post office or a dozen other things that need to be done daily, according to Becky Burdine.

Party store opens with line of decorations, gifts

December 9, 2008 The shelves at Milligans Market that once held food items have been replaced with party decor. Milligan's Gifts and Party Decor, at 559 Heber Springs Road, now has all your decorating needs, according to owner Glenda Milligan.

Former Texas man facing theft charges

December 9, 2008 A former Dallas man, believed to be homeless and living in the Batesville area, has been charged with two counts of breaking or entering, theft of property and criminal mischief, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Jeff Sims of the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

Area students, faculty, parents experience seaside adventure

December 9, 2008 SULPHUR ROCK - A group of students from this landlocked state went seaside for a unique study about the ocean and the creatures that dwell there. Twenty-eight children from Sulphur Rock Magnet Math & Science, along with Principal Jack Sanders, science specialist Stacey Lindsey, sixth-grade teacher Tiffany Stadler and 12 parents, went to Sea Camp in Dauphin Island, Ala.

Children’s workshop scheduled

December 9, 2008 JONESBORO - The Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro will host an hour-long "Let it Snow!" workshop for children ages 4 to 8. Set for 2 p.m. Dec. 27, the program is about snow and how animals survive the winter.

Man arrested following accident

December 9, 2008 MELBOURNE - A Melbourne man was arrested following a pedestrian/vehicle accident Thursday night, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Paul Rodgers, 47, was on the state highway 9 near the Pizza Inn restaurant and claimed to have been hit by a vehicle. Lawrence said. Rogers was transported to a nearby hospital where he was examined and released.

Parade winners announced

December 9, 2008 The winners of the annual Christmas Parade have been announced by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. "All the hard work of various organizations was very evident with so many floats entered, and it was also evident that the people who attended were treated to some very creative and well decorated floats," said Jonah Shumate, chamber president and chief executive officer.

Holiday decorating has ‘modern vibe’

December 9, 2008 For habitual home decorators, the holiday season is like, well, Christmas. Creativity runs happily amok as rooms become set pieces for a few weeks. And while conventional trims and colors remain popular, some people take the opportunity to use more daring hues and accessories.

Couple to mark 50th

December 9, 2008 Freeman and Wilma Hochstetler will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shady Lawn Gospel Chapel, located on Highway 5, 13 miles south of Mountain View.