Louisiana lodge offers hunting, fishing, comfort

December 19, 2008 Ducks of just about every color and size traded back and forth around our blind in the middle of an open lake in the freshwater marsh of southwest Louisiana. Flocks of pintails, teal, gray ducks (gadwalls), widgeons, shovelers and even an occasional mallard all flew just out of reach of our shotguns.

Duggars welcome 18th child

December 19, 2008 ROGERS (AP) - An Arkansas woman has given birth to her 18th child. Michelle Duggar delivered the baby girl by Caesarean section Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. The baby, named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Service News

December 19, 2008 SAN ANTONIO - Brandon D. Faircloth has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.

Mark Felt, Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat,’ dies at 95

December 19, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as "Deep Throat" 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president, has died. He was 95.

2008 Ozark Folk Center awards presented

December 19, 2008 Mountain View - The Ozark Folk Center State Park held its annual Christmas Party Dec. 8 at the Skillet Restaurant, according to a news release. As part of this annual event, special awards are presented to employees for their outstanding service to visitors and the folk center. Recipients are as follows:

Family & Friends Briefs

December 19, 2008 Church to present musical Ruddell Hill Baptist Church will present "Home for Christmas" at 10:55 a.m. Sunday. According to a news release, "Home for Christmas" is "a delightful Christmas musical with a powerful message and great songs the whole family will enjoy."


December 19, 2008 Jackie Brayden Michael Diana Michael and LouAnn Diana of Mountain View have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Dec. 11, 2008. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 7.8 ounces and has been named Jackie Brayden Michael Diana.

Teen remains in foster care

December 19, 2008 TEXARKANA (AP) - A teenager allegedly abused during his stay with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries will remain in foster care until he turns 18 at the end of this month, a lawyer for his parents says.

Ark. court: Paper must take case to lower court

December 19, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that a newspaper must appeal a judge's order sealing jail records involving the suspect in the death of a television anchorwoman to the Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Newark man charged with endangering son

December 19, 2008 A Newark man got a special invitation to see a judge, along with a handful of tickets, Tuesday afternoon for allegedly hot rodding his truck on the icy streets of Newark with his small, unrestrained son as a passenger.