Insurance company opens new recruiting center

November 25, 2008 NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Farmers Insurance held a grand opening celebration on Nov. 12 at their new district office location in North Little Rock. The office will serve as a recruiting and training center for new agents in Central Arkansas. The recruiting center contains over 5,000 square feet, multiple conference rooms and office space for newly appointed agents.

Seamstress stitches hobby into full-time business

November 25, 2008 MOUNT PLEASANT - It started as a hobby for Ellen Johnson. She was so good at it that friends soon wanted her to do something for them too. Thus, Stitches Embroidery was born in Mount Pleasant. "I got my first machine about six years ago and started doing some embroidery for my family," Johnson said while packaging special orders recently.

Cavendar attends leadership training

November 25, 2008 Las Vegas - Sandy Cavender of Batesville, an independent consultant for Passion Parties, recently attended the company's Executive Director Leadership Academy, according to a news release. Passion Parties, the leading direct selling company of sensual products, held the event to guide consultants on how to effectively promote sexual awareness and their business, the release states.

Elementary principal outlines activities

November 25, 2008 Central Elementary has had an active fall. We added kindergarten and sixth grade to our campus which brought our enrollment up to 308 students. The month of October was especially busy for our fifth- and sixth-grade students. The first week of October, the fifth grade made its second trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Our students participated in the PATHFINDER Space Camp curriculum. PATHFINDER is a three-day program filled with space exploratory history, simulation of a shuttle mission, museum study, 3-D movie about travel to Mars, rocket building and firing, and much, much more.

Graduation date remains same for Cedar Ridge High School

November 25, 2008 NEWARK - Two seniors, Whitney Crutcher and Whitney Magness, attended the Cedar Ridge School Board meeting Wednesday regarding a request to change the high school graduation location and date, but board members approved only a location change.

Southside Key Club recaps year for Batesville Kiwanis

November 25, 2008 Southside Key Club president Natasha Matthews presided over the Batesville Kiwanis Club on Friday, while other Southside Key Club members gave brief presentations about the club and its projects. Matthews spoke about summer projects, saying the members helped collect tickets at the gate of the Independence County Fair. Another summer project was making up bags of items that might be helpful to new students at Southside schools. They also helped with the White River Water Carnival pageants held at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Governors to sign water agreement

November 25, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas and Missouri officials agreed Monday to meet annually to study ways to protect watersheds and aquifers that cross state lines, a pact both states said would help keep water fights out of the courtroom.

List shows no high-profile convicts

November 25, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush's latest list of pardons does not include some high-profile criminals who still hope the president will grant them clemency in his final weeks in office.

Mountain View plans holiday events

November 25, 2008 MOUNTAIN VIEW - Mountain View is celebrating the holidays with light displays and decorations, caroling, a Nativity Parade, a merchant open house event and the annual Courthouse and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 6, according to a news release.