Funeral home will present Holiday Memorial Program

November 24, 2009 NEWPORT — After a loved one dies, the holidays are tough, especially that first year. To help family and friends cope, Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home will host its ninth annual Holiday Memorial Program at 2 p.m. Sunday.Jan Jackson Maris created the program in 2001 to help families remember their loved one. The first year about 40 people came, but now the event averages about 100 people in attendance.The program is open to everyone, whether a loved one died this year or in previous years, or whether the family used any of Jackson’s facilities or another funeral home.

Turkey Bash motocross races set for this weekend in historic O’Neal Bottoms

November 24, 2009 BETHESDA — The 2009 Turkey Bash motocross races will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at O’Neal Bottoms MX west of Bethesda, according to a news release.Spectators are invited to the American Motocross Association event.A weekend pass is $12. Those wishing to attend only Saturday’s events or Sunday’s events will be admitted for $8 per day, on those days only. A Three Moto Format Event will be Friday. The entry fee is $15 per rider, with gates opening at 9 a.m. and practice from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

1928 grad is oldest living agri student

November 23, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State alumnus Leemon K. “L.K.” Holt, 100, was on the campus last week to have his photograph made at the historic arch for the College of Agriculture newsletter.Holt is the oldest living agriculture student, said David Agnew, associate professor of agricultural education.Holt graduated from Arkansas State in 1928 and also attended high school on campus, his daughter-in-law Linda Holt said.

Healthy Thanksgiving tips offered

November 23, 2009  NEW YORK — Thanksgiving is a time for gathering together with friends, family and loved ones, according to Envision Beauty’s Kimberly Snyder. While this holiday is a great time to feel love and connection with others, over time it has also become a holiday associated with eating copious amounts of food and stuffing ourselves so much that we can barely move afterwards. It doesn’t have to be part of our tradition to feel that way. 

Has Thanksgiving been supersized?

November 23, 2009 What happens when you combine Thanksgiving — a holiday dedicated to overindulging — with America’s love of all things Supersized? Not as much as you’d think.While Americans are notorious for cranking up the calories and portions compared to a generation or so ago, small changes in the nation’s diet seem to have buffered Thanksgiving dinner from some — but not all — of our bigger-better mentality.

News of Other Days

November 23, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 9, 1996.

115-year-old dam is damaged

November 23, 2009 EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — City officials in Eureka Springs are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $400,000 to repair a dam at nearby Black Bass Lake.Mayor Dani Joy says the 115-year-old dam has leaked for years — but recent heavy rains have sped up the deterioration. The city has closed a park area immediately beneath the dam and posted no trespassing signs. Walking on the catwalk on top of the dam also is forbidden.

Once-thriving western Arkansas town now consumed by trees

November 23, 2009 FORESTER (AP) — The sawmill has been gone from this tiny Scott County community for more than half a century.Its people scattered in different directions in 1952, and the pine bungalows were emptied and moved. Life as the Forester residents knew it was no more.But the Forester spirit remains among the remnants of concrete footings and foundations that once supported a sawmill, an ice house and a school in the pine forests between Waldron and Mount Ida.

Frat parties suspended

November 23, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas has suspended fraternities’ social activities for the rest of the fall semester after a student attending a party at Phi Delta Theta was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning.The university’s Greek Life Office suspended the activities in response to the hospitalization and allegations three Arkansas basketball players sexually assaulted a student after a party at the Phi Gamma Delta house.