Neighbors bring in farmer’s last crop

November 30, 2009 MARMADUKE (AP) — At first glance, it was just another day on the farm: fields stretched almost as far as the eye can see in two directions, and the brown, spindly branches of cotton plants were dotted white with bolls ready to harvest.Some of the 20 men gathered finished their lunch and prepared to climb back aboard the cotton pickers and tractors pulling boll buggies, while others headed out to man the module builders, which shape the loose, picked cotton into giant stacks that will later be picked up by workers from the nearby cotton co-op for processing.

Searcy cops learn to spot deception

November 30, 2009 SEARCY (AP) — The days of getting away with a little white lie may be over at Ahlf Junior High School and Searcy High School as two school resource officers have been trained in reading body language to detect deception.The class, “Subconscious Communication to Detect Danger” was offered Sept. 10 at the Criminal Justice Institute of Little Rock and featured a nationally-known expert in the subject, Dr. S.A. Rhodes of Colorado.

Ark. health ranks 40th in nation

November 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas was ranked 40th in overall health in a new report that says smoking and obesity are still among the biggest health challenges for Arkansans and much of the nation.The annual America’s Health Rankings report is released annually by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. Now in its 20th year, the report’s rankings are based on 37 health measures.Arkansas’ ranking is up from 50th in 1998.

Batesville resident recognized as Teacher of the Year

November 30, 2009 Grady — Kay Trumble of Batesville, an academic instructor at the McPherson Unit in Newport, was honored with the Hurshell D. Qualls Teacher of the Year Award at the 36th Annual Arkansas Correctional School graduation ceremony held at the Cummins Unit in Grady earlier this year.

AARP executive meeting set

November 30, 2009 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.This event is open to committee members and AARP members.

Thurstons to discuss nutcracker collection

November 30, 2009 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Nutcracker collecting began when Nancy Thurston’s son was stationed in Germany in the late 1980s. He sent her a small nutcracker/incense burner that was made in Germany and the collection grew.Spring River Branch members of the National League of American Pen Women will hear the rest of the story and see several nutcrackers from the collection at their December meeting. The public is invited to join them at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall of the Cherokee Village Lutheran Church located at the corner of Okmulgee and Cherokee Road.

Guard collecting food, other items for John 3:16, Luke 4:18

November 30, 2009 It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard.As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte and Luke 4:18 Lives, located on Swaim Hill Road near Southside. During the months of October and November, those who bring in five or more nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies or paper supplies will receive $5 off a three-month or more subscription of the Guard. The offer is valid for both new and renewal subscriptions. This special offer ends Today.

Christmas memories sought for special section

November 30, 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.

Cord family injured in Missouri

November 30, 2009 SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Cord woman and two children were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash near Squires, Mo. around 7 a.m. Friday morning, according to Missouri State Police.Police say Brenda K. Richardson, 58, of Cord was driving a 2005 GMC truck northbound on Highway 5, a mile south of Squires, when she crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2009 Freightliner driven by 38-year-old Anthony Beach of Fairgrove, Mo.

4-H club feeds community

November 30, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — More than 200 people turned out for the Southside 4-H Club’s Thanksgiving dinner for the community, held Thursday at the high school cafeteria.Club Leader Pam Gramling praised the efforts of the 4-H members, as well as those from the community.,She said several people asked what they could do to help, and some made desserts, helped wash dishes and cleaned tables. Among the helpers were Southside’s new middle school principal, Dion Stephens, and his family.