Tip leads to DWI

December 2, 2009 A Floral man was arrested around 11 Tuesday night after a convenience store clerk alerted a sheriff’s deputy to a possible drunk person in the Batesville store.Deputy Fred Friar said he was inside TmarT #8 at St. Louis and Chaney when he was approached by a clerk and advised that he should keep an eye on a blue truck parked at a gas pump.Friar said he watched as a man, later identified as Michael Reeves, 20, walked with a stagger to a blue Chevrolet Silverado pickup and drove away headed north on St. Louis Street.

Guns, items stolen

December 2, 2009 Police have no suspects in a number of area break-ins that have occurred in recent weeks and involved handguns.Mary J. Davis of Newark reported the theft of a Smith & Wesson .357 pistol from a locked closet some time between Nov. 24 and Monday.Davis said nothing else was missing from her home and she has no suspects.In other reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office:• Charles Brown of Cave City reported a Taurus 9 mm pistol had come up missing some time in the past few weeks.

Geology talk, lapidary equipment auction to highlight club meeting

December 2, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Lynn Maxedon will show that geology is “about rocks and more” during Thursday’s Spring River Gem & Mineral Club program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, said Mary Kocz, publicist.The title of the presentation is “The Geology Course @ Ozarka College.”Kocz said Maxedon will answer the question: Why do we want to study the ever-changing Mother Earth?

New rabies law to go into effect

December 2, 2009 Little Rock — The updated Rabies Control Act has new rules passed by the State Board of Health that allow for a longer interval between rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats. The new rules will become effective Jan. 1.

French’s offers quick, easy tips

December 2, 2009 PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The French’s test kitchen offers some quick and easy entertaining ideas, whether for an elegant sit-down dinner or casual buffet.

Quartet to perform Thursday at church

December 2, 2009 DESHA — Tribute Quartet of Nashville, Tenn., will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Desha. The concert is open to the public.Group manager and lead vocalist Gary Casto of Hendersonville, Tenn., originally from West Virginia, has more than 20 years experience in the Southern gospel genre. He is involved in the Southern Gospel Music Association, Southern Gospel Music Guild and the National Quartet Convention. He was formerly tenor vocalist with the Wilburns.

Cushman church to present ‘The Bethlehem Project’

December 2, 2009 CUSHMAN — Cornerstone Community Church in Cushman will present a musical titled “The Bethlehem Project” at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.Members of the choir include Jon Adams, Sarah Beth Adams, Brianna Bass, Seth Brooks, Amy Cowden, Lauren Cowden, Lyndsay Cowden, Heather Fulbright, Lexi Fulbright, Kenlee Gallegly, Taylor Hellums, Kelsey Huff, Abbie Lawrence, Halle McTigue, Hannah McTigue, Carlie Traub, Coleton Traub, Greg Vickery, Fern Vickery and Brayden Wright.The musical will be directed by Kathy Carter and Joy Camden.

John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

December 2, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is selling smoked turkeys and hams for Christmas. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each, and that includes tax.To place an order, call Dane Bawcom, who is the head of the ministry’s catering division, at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.John 3:16 is a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions. It is funded solely on private donations.

Open house planned

December 2, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will hold its Christmas Open House and the Iron Mountain Regional Arts Council Community Concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jacksonport Courthouse. The event includes live holiday music by local choirs, bands and musical groups, free tours of the courthouse and refreshments. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations instead of tour fees will be accepted and distributed to local charities for the holidays. For more information, contact park interpreter Donna Bentley at (870) 523-2143 or donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.

Country Christmas planned

December 2, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Women’s Country Christmas, consisting of a luncheon, fellowship and service, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, located at 101 Fairview St. in Melbourne.Flora Bolden of Earle will be the guest speaker.The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken.For more information, call Jennifer Martin, pastor, at (870) 283-4238.