Macy’s gears up for Thanksgiving parade

November 19, 2009 HOBOKEN, N.J. — The scene around him in a vast industrial space looks like Santa’s Workshop, but John Piper, the man behind Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, compares organizing the annual extravaganza to planning a huge holiday meal — with a lot of trimmings.

Feds OK breakup to cut costs

November 19, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal regulators have authorized Entergy Corp.’s utilities in two states to leave a multi-state agreement — a move expected to save money for ratepayers in Arkansas.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted requests today by Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Mississippi to leave a pact with Entergy companies in Louisiana and Texas. Entergy Arkansas plans to exit in December 2013 while Entergy Mississippi wants to leave in 2015.

Graceland to have traditional holiday decorations

November 19, 2009 MEMPHIS (AP) — Singer Richard Marx and children from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis will flip the switch Friday to begin the holiday season at Graceland.Elvis Presley’s home will include traditional decorations, hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and other holiday items originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and his family.

Beginning Steps to meet

November 19, 2009 Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-montly meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in Conference Room A, Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women & Imaging, White River Medical Center.All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome, according to Greta Wilson. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions, call (870) 793-0627.

Ex-Murphy exec convicted

November 19, 2009 EL DORADO (AP) — A former executive at Murphy USA has been convicted of three felony theft counts by a jury that recommended 10 years’ probation and a $30,000 fine.Prosecutors said Paul Wells, former vice president of marketing at Murphy USA, designed a scheme in which a company begun by his wife double-billed Murphy for $54,000 worth of T-shirts promoting the oil refining and marketing company.After Tuesday’s verdicts and sentence recommendations, Circuit Judge Hamilton Singleton set Wells’ sentencing for Dec. 3.

Angel Tree names ready

November 19, 2009 Angel Tree has 900 names of children ready for pickup at the United Way of Independence County office on the first floor of First Community Bank in Batesville.According to organizers, volunteers are needed to take names and give out presents. Call (870) 793-5991 to volunteer, take a name, or give a donation. 

Gifts from the heart: Baking expert offers ideas

November 19, 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The possibilities for a special gift from your kitchen are endless — a great pound cake, a loaf of banana bread, special cinnamon rolls or even a homemade pecan pie.“Anything you bake from a treasured family recipe will have special meaning as a gift to a friend,” said Martha White baking expert Linda Carman. “However, practically speaking, cookies are one of the best choices for gift giving.”

ASU awards scholarships

November 19, 2009 Jonesboro — Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has awarded scholarships to several area students starting with the fall 2010 semester.Sarah Landers, a senior at Cave City High School, has accepted a Chancellor’s Scholarship.During high school, her achievements and activities included: Key Club, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, SkillsUSA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, Video Yearbook/TV, and Quiz Bowl. Landers is also an honors student.Her parents are Ray and Cathy Landers of Cave City.

Hannahs to perform

November 19, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Hannahs will perform at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mount Zion Baptist Church.A Thanksgiving meal will follow the services. Donations will be taken for the church’s new van.The church is located at 149 Rorie St. in Southside.

Legal Aid board to meet

November 19, 2009 Legal Aid of Arkansas board of directors will hold a regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at First Community Bank in Batesville, located at 1325 Harrison St.The meeting is open to the public.