Ho-ho-healthy? Parents struggling to watch kid diets

December 11, 2009 NEW YORK — Pam Vetter’s 15-year-old son balked when she told him she was opting for a healthier holiday season this year: fish rather than turkey, fewer carbs and sweets.He threatened to purchase a turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pies and put together his own traditional meal.“It’s a moral challenge,” said Vetter, 44, a nonreligious celebrant in West Hills, Calif., who conducts funerals. She also has a 14-year-old son. “Do you make part of your family angry for the holiday season by cutting out the carbs and sweets?”

Modern Woodmen donates to Cedar Ridge’s Angel Tree

December 11, 2009 Batesville Modern Woodmen of America members recently donated Christmas items to Cedar Ridge School’s Angel Tree program as part of the organization’s Care and Share program.Care and Share is a nationwide program that offers Modern Woodmen camps across the country the opportunity to provide up to $750 worth of basic life necessities to individuals and families in need in their communities. Each year members from over 600 camps purchase and donate thousands of dollars worth of food, clothing and other items.

Quorum court to meet Monday

December 11, 2009 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the Jess B. Carpenter building. The agenda will include ordinances to amend the 2009 budget, authorize salaries and wages for officials and employees, amend the pay step schedule for juvenile detention personnel, and levy school, municipal, county, and improvement district taxes for the year 2009, to be collected in 2010.The meeting is open to the public.

Ark. sued for rejecting group’s display at Capitol

December 11, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group hoping to counter a nativity scene at the Arkansas Capitol sued the state Thursday for rejecting its proposal for a nonreligious winter solstice display.The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers sued Secretary of State Charlie Daniels in federal court, accusing him of violating the group’s constitutional rights in not allowing its display.

DWI coordinator offers holiday safety tips

December 11, 2009 Shannon Womack, DWI coordinator of Health Resources of Arkansas, is joining with other national, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.

Mail theft reported

December 11, 2009 Some items of mail were reportedly stolen from a mailbox on Crow Lane in Sulphur Rock.Wayne L. Headrick told police he put three checks and a dollar bill in his mailbox around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to pay bills.“Mr. Headrick said at 7:30 a.m. (Thursday) he noticed the flag was down on the box and when he went to check, the items were missing,” Independence County Deputy Kirk Green said. “He said it was too early for the mailman to have run and picked them up.”

Burgess, Pacers set free concert

December 11, 2009 NEWPORT — Sonny Burgess and the Pacers will perform for free at 7 p.m. Monday at McAnally’s Oyster Bar & Grill on Front Street in downtown Newport.“This is an appreciation night for our fans, so there is no admission charge,” Burgess said last week. “We wanted to do something for our fans.”Customers of the restaurant will be charged for any food they order, he said.The event is one of KASU radio’s monthly Blue Monday Concerts.

Budget tops agenda at Concord

December 11, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community center to consider a proposed budget for 2010, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.Chris McMunn, hired as city marshal during a recent special session, is scheduled to work out details of his contract, Pettit said. McMunn is to start work around the first of the year.Routine monthly reports and current bills will also be reviewed.

Newport man accused of firing shots sentenced to six years

December 11, 2009 NEWPORT — A Newport man arrested in midsummer of 2008 for allegedly firing shots in a residential neighborhood in his hometown was sentenced to six years in prison following a jury trial Wednesday, Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce said.A Jackson County jury of 10 women and two men found Antwan Hardaway guilty of possession of firearms by certain persons (a previously convicted felon), fleeing on foot and refusal to submit to arrest.

Meeting to be Monday

December 11, 2009 The Community School Inc. board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, located at 231 E. Main St. in Batesville.