‘Solid Waste Santas’ to fete 4 needy families

December 23, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer would have trouble landing a sleigh on the uneven ground at the Little Rock Landfill south of the city, but the “Solid Waste Santas” will get there somehow, to provide four needy families with a Christmas dinner and gifts.A news release from the city said employees of the Solid Waste Division collected $2,300 to provide the families with a holiday celebration today at the landfill on Ironton Road.

Rapper T.I. released from Ark. prison

December 23, 2009 ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper T.I. has been released from a federal prison in Arkansas and is headed to a halfway house in Georgia.A lawyer for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., said the rapper was released Tuesday morning.T.I. began serving his sentence of a year and a day for illegal firearms possession and possessing a gun as a convicted felon last May.Steve Sadow said his client was expected to report to Dismas Charities halfway house in Atlanta on Tuesday night and will be there for up to three months.

Service news

December 23, 2009 San Antonio — Air Force Airman Bradley R. Skelton graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.The son of Kelly Marshal of Batesville, Skelton is a 2006 graduate of Batesville High School.

Make-ahead stratta means easy brunch Christmas morning

December 23, 2009 When dreams of sugarplums have morphed into a living room floor littered with wrapping paper and toys, the last thing you want to do is pull away from the holiday fun to get breakfast on the table. A do-ahead recipe lets you have it both ways.This easy stratta (think oomphy quiche) is made by arranging ham and cheese sandwiches in a baking dish, then pouring a mixture of eggs, milk and cheese over them. Top everything with a bit more cheese, then put it in the oven and walk away.

Harding presents degrees

December 23, 2009 SEARCY — Several area residents were among more than 350 students who received diplomas at commencement exercises at Harding University Dec. 19.Area graduates included:Batesville — Amy Kemper, bachelor of arts in general studies; Amanda King, bachelor of science in exercise science; Bonnie Young, BA in middle-level English/language arts/social science;Sulphur Rock — Julie Williams, BA in kinesiology.

Account established

December 23, 2009 A memorial account has been established at Citizens Bank for Melinda Rone, the wife of Burros Rone, who died Dec. 17.

Local resident to celebrate birthday

December 23, 2009 Robert Stroud will celebrate his 90th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville.All family and friends are invited to attend.He requests no gifts.

Arrests made in weekend burglary

December 23, 2009 Two men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Dean Baker Dealer’s Warehouse at 2800 Batesville Blvd. in Southside Friday night.Independence County deputies responded to the burglary around 10:20 p.m. where a witness reported seeing a black Ford truck leave the business just a few minutes earlier and head north on Highway 167.While officers were en route to the burglary scene, a truck matching the description of the suspect truck, was seen pulling into the Southside Sonic and some of the responding officers stopped to talk with the truck’s occupants.

Cave City EAST students restore JPs’ faith in schools

December 23, 2009 ASH FLAT — Sharp County justices of the peace took a look EAST and learned a lot Monday night.Officers of Cave City High School’s EAST program and the program’s facilitator gave a presentation explaining what EAST is, focusing on what it can do for the community. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology.Cave City school has the only EAST program in Sharp County, facilitator Cheryl Bell said. The program has won numerous contests in various divisions at the state and even the national level.

Burton announces for Sharp sheriff

December 23, 2009 ASH FLAT — Dennis Burton, with 30 years in law enforcement, has announced his candidacy for Sharp County sheriff subject to the Democratic primary in May 2010.The son of Ray and Oleta Burton, he is a Sharp County native and a 1975 graduate of Highland High School. He is married to Karen Orosz Burton and has four children: Michael of Highland, Ryan of Jonesboro, Michelle Daggett and Tamara Burton-Wilson of Cherokee Village, and 11 grandchildren.