Butterball University turkey tips

November 24, 2009 • Don’t let turkey juices spill onto other things, like countertops, to prevent contamination. Clean it and anything it touches, quickly.• Use separate cutting boards for vegetables and raw meat, and another one just for cooked food.• Buy a pound and a half of turkey per person, if you want leftovers.• Make sure to leave enough time for thawing, which can take days depending on bird size and thawing method. You can keep a thawed turkey in the fridge for up to four days before cooking.

Butterball presents turkey boot camp

November 24, 2009 NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Workers at Butterball’s turkey-tips hot line are used to oddball situations:• The woman who cleaned out her turkey with a scrub brush and asked if that was OK to do. (You don’t need to do that.)• People who thaw a turkey in the bathtub while washing their kids. (Don’t do that, either.)• A man looking for a quick way to cook his turkey who put it in the oven on the cleaning cycle. (Also not advisable.)For Butterball, the nation’s top-selling turkey brand, preparing for such out-of-left-field calls is serious business.

Spring Valley store gets new look

November 24, 2009 The Spring Valley community north of Batesville, on Highway 167, is now the home to TmarT #11 convenience store featuring pure, non-ethanol Citgo Gasoline, according to owners Jerry and Connie Townsley.“We’ve done a complete remodel of the old store that was here, it doesn’t look anything like it did,” Jerry Townsley said. “We’ve put in new tile floors in the entire store, installed new kitchen and soda fountain equipment. It’s all fresh and modern.”

Burgess, Stroud to perform

November 24, 2009 SWIFTON — Sonny Burgess, who was with Sun Records of Memphis during its heyday in the 1950s, and pianist/vocalist Rockin’ Luke Stroud will join drummer Rickey Copeland for a Thanksgiving night show and dance at the Swifton Community Center, Burgess said.A member of Copeland’s band, Faultline, will play bass for the show.Admission is $5. The music begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 9.

Service news

November 24, 2009 Lance Cpl. Randy Roberts Jr., son of Randy and Angelique Roberts of Jacksonville, N.C., has deployed to Afganistan in support of combat operations. He is presently serving with First Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii as an infantry assaultman.He enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 2008 after graduating from Grace Baptist School in Jacksonville.

Winter squash: Versatile, tasty source of nutrients

November 24, 2009 Winter squash can play a major role in creating healthy and delicious meals for the holidays. This versatile relative to the melon and cucumber comes in many different sizes, colors, flavors and shapes. While the pumpkin may be the most popular and recognized winter quash, there are many other choices at the grocery store including butternut, acorn and cushaw.

Runaway found; woman charged with hindering

November 24, 2009 A runaway teenage girl missing since Nov. 4 has been found safe and the woman she was with has been arrested, according to a police report.“Destiny Berry was recovered Thursday afternoon with the assistance of concerned citizens,” said Detective Mike Mundy. “We got a call that she was in a certain car and officers stopped the car and were able to locate her.”Mundy said police got a phone tip Thursday afternoon that Berry was in a car with Ada Yancey, 28, of Ruddell Hill Circle, and began looking for them.

Correction

November 24, 2009 The date for the Ruddell Hill Fire Department’s Thanksgiving dinner was incorrectly listed in Monday’s Guard.The dinner is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Trash schedule to change

November 24, 2009 There will be no county trash or recycling pickup on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Independence County Judge’s Office. Residents are asked to please hold trash and recycle items until the next Thursday’s route.Also, there will be no curbside recycle pickup in the city on Friday.For more information, call the judge’s office at (870) 793-8800.

Arson suspected in trailer fire

November 24, 2009 Police and fire officials suspect arson in the fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home in the Southside community early Monday morning.The fire, at 124 Jones Drive, reportedly started at the front door of a trailer that had been vacant for several years and didn’t have any utilities turned on.A neighbor told police that just before the fire trucks showed up he saw a pickup truck speed away from the area and gave police a description.According to police reports, the mobile home is owned by Frank Foll.The incident remains under investigation.