History club honors local veterans

November 23, 2009 CAVE CITY — Hank Rivers of Evening Shade was the guest speaker on Nov. 11 for the Cave City Middle School History Club’s Second Annual Veteran’s Day reception, which was attended by 10 local veterans and their families, including children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews who are students at the middle school, said Julie Sandy, who sponsors the history club along with Trish Turnbough.

Gas prices fall to kick off holiday travel week

November 23, 2009 Retail gasoline prices headed downward to begin one of the country’s busiest travel weeks, with more than 33 million people expected to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.Americans are still remaining closer to home because of anxiety about the economy and demand for gasoline is weaker now than it was last year at this time.That is telling because a gallon of gasoline then cost only $1.93 as the economic crisis unfolded in 2008.

Extension agent discusses safe turkey thawing

November 23, 2009 Chances are good that the turkey you will purchase for Thanksgiving will be frozen. In order to keep your turkey out of the temperature danger zone during “the big thaw,” precautions must be taken. As long as a turkey is frozen, it is safe indefinitely. It is when it begins to thaw that bacteria can begin to grow again.

Family gift pack offered for holiday

November 23, 2009 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Batesville is providing “The Family Happiness Gift Pack,” an educational array of materials to help strengthen families, during the week of Thanksgiving to coincide with National Family Week.“This is the first year we have offered these items to persons not of our faith,” Scott Wahlquist, branch president, said. “Materials designed to be resources for developing better family relationships have been used mostly for our own members with great success.”

Jacksonport to host open house

November 23, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park near Newport will host a Christmas Open House on Dec. 6.Visitors may tour the historic courthouse while it’s decked out in holiday finery. Local choirs, bands and groups will provide live music. For more information visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com or call the park at (870) 523-2143.

Oldest church in Arkansas to be topic of walk-through

November 23, 2009 SEARCY — Explore the history of Smyrna Church and Cemetery in Searcy as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program hosts a Walk Through History tour on Dec. 5. The event is co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society.The Smyrna Church is the oldest documented church building in Arkansas and the cemetery contains grave markers dating back to the 1850s.

Owl workshop planned

November 23, 2009 POWHATAN — Lake Charles State Park in Powhatan will host a Screech Owl Nest Box Workshop on Dec. 5. Participants will learn how to create a backyard habitat for the Screech Owl and make their own owl box to take home. Reservations are required. For more information visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com or call (870) 878-6595.

Christmas memories sought for special section

November 23, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 9.

Library to be closed

November 23, 2009 The Independence County Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.

Woman arrested for refusal to get dressed

November 23, 2009 Wanting to leave the hospital, but refusing to get dressed and give up her hospital gown, got a Mammoth Spring woman arrested Saturday night.Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said he was called to White River Medical Center to assist Deputy Dee McFatter, who was having trouble with 50-year-old Liegthandra Ellen Owens, who wanted to leave the hospital.When he arrived at the hospital parking lot, Jackson said Owens, clad only in a hospital gown, was in handcuffs and being escorted back into the hospital.