Christmas memories sought

November 16, 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.

Parkinson’s disease care givers to be recognized

November 16, 2009 Parkinson’s disease caregivers were to be recognized at 1:30 p.m. today during the White River Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting at the Citizens Bank Annex.A panel of caregivers discussed how caring for a person with Parkinson’s disease may be different from caring for a person with other health problems. Family members received tips to help them care for Parkinson’s patients.The meeting was open to the public. For more information call Joan Sellers at (870) 793-0067.

EHC to host Holiday Extravangza

November 16, 2009 SEARCY — The White County Extension Homemakers will host their second annual EHC Holiday Extravaganza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the College Church of Christ Family Room.The event will have decorating and gift ideas for the holidays as well as tips for making the most of your money. The event is open to the public. Admission is free, but there will make-and-take kits available for purchase.

Turkey activity scheduled

November 16, 2009 JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro will host a free “Let’s Talk Turkey” activity for children of all ages from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday.There will be information about the wild turkey and make a tom to take home. A smock or old shirt is recommended for younger kids.For more information, call Sarah Baxter at (870) 933-6787.

Fresh, frozen or canned: Cranberries are holiday tradition

November 16, 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Only a few years ago, cranberries were seldom seen outside the holiday season and even then they were primarily served as sauce with the turkey. Now, sweetened, dried cranberries, along with cranberry juice and sauce, are enjoyed throughout the year. Fresh cranberries are generally available only from September to December, but you can find frozen berries all year round.

Beebe playing role in health debate

November 16, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe doesn’t have a vote on proposals to overhaul the nation’s health care system, but he’s still finding a role to play.Although Beebe avoids saying which of the health care proposals floating in the House or Senate he prefers, he’s given political cover to conservative Democrats by raising concerns about the cost of the reforms.

Sharp Co. budget tops agenda

November 16, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the courthouse in Ash Flat to consider a proposed 2010 budget and a pay schedule for employees for the upcoming year, according to an agenda for the session.A schedule for the levy of taxes for 2009 to be collected in 2010 will also be considered.A resolution concerning replacement of heating and air conditioning units in the courthouse is also on the agenda.Monthly reports from elected officials will also be reviewed.

Candidates for city marshal to be interviewed tonight

November 16, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the community center to interview four candidates for city marshal, council member Jackie Rone said.During last week’s regular meeting, the aldermen reviewed all seven applications for the job, created when former marshal Robbie Cooper resigned to take a position elsewhere.

Humane society to host bake sale

November 16, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County is having a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawgs Exxon. There will be lots of goodies, and all the proceeds will go to help take care of and feed the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that are there.“And after you have stopped and picked up some sweets, come on by the shelter facilities and see if you can find room in your heart and your home for a special forever friend,” a news release states. “Adoptions are half price and the humane society has a variety of dogs and cats that would love to go ‘home for the holidays.’”

Crash involved sport plane

November 16, 2009 AGNOS (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane that crashed in rural northern Arkansas, killing the pilot, was an experimental aircraft that the agency has recommended grounding.The Zodiac CH-601XL that crashed Nov. 6 in Fulton County killed 71-year-old Charles Cummings of North Aurora, Ill. The NTSB says the amateur-built plane broke apart in flight, scattering debris in an area more than 600 feet long. Both wings had separated from the fuselage in flight.