‘12 Days’ items top $87K

December 3, 2009 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Making one’s true love happy will cost a whopping $87,403 this year, a slight increase from last year, according to the cost analysis of the items in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”That’s the grand total for the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as the song suggests, according to the annual “Christmas Price Index” compiled by PNC Wealth Management. The price is up a mere $794, or less than 1 percent, from $86,609 last year.

Ozarka’s Active Living Students complete courses

December 3, 2009 Melbourne — Students who completed the series of courses at Ozarka College last spring semester met to receive Certificates of Completion at a luncheon on Nov. 19. The course, entitled Active Living Every Day was offered to people over the age of 60 in Horseshoe Bend during the fall semester. The course was funded through a Health Aging grant funded by the National Council on Aging.

Calico Rock to host parade, lighting ceremony

December 3, 2009 Calico ROCK — Calico Rock will host its annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, starting at the rodeo arena in King Park and winding through town and down Main Street. The theme this year is a “Calico Rockin’ Christmas.”At 6:30 that evening the Ministerial Alliance will host the first-ever live nativity in the new “pocket park” on Main. Along with the live nativity will be the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. To take part or provide music for the events, contact Dale Ivy, Mennonite pastor, at (870) 373-3677.

Cushman church to present ‘The Bethlehem Project’

December 3, 2009 CUSHMAN — Cornerstone Community Church in Cushman will present a musical titled “The Bethlehem Project” at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.Members of the choir include Jon Adams, Sarah Beth Adams, Brianna Bass, Seth Brooks, Amy Cowden, Lauren Cowden, Lyndsay Cowden, Heather Fulbright, Lexi Fulbright, Kenlee Gallegly, Taylor Hellums, Kelsey Huff, Abbie Lawrence, Halle McTigue, Hannah McTigue, Carlie Traub, Coleton Traub, Greg Vickery, Fern Vickery and Brayden Wright.The musical will be directed by Kathy Carter and Joy Camden.

Civil War commission announces historical marker program

December 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission invites groups and organizations around the state to sponsor a historical marker telling how the Civil War affected their area, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree said Monday as he announced the new Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program.

WRAAA to hear reports

December 3, 2009 The White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. board of directors will hold its quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 3 Plantation Drive West in Heber Springs.The board will hear reports on the in-home services program, assisted living and will elect officers for 2010.

2 N. Little Rock aldermen facing federal charges

December 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — A North Little Rock alderman and an alderman who resigned last month were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for their dealings with a man charged in an alleged scheme to rig bids on public projects.Cary L. Gaines, 63, resigned from the City Council a few days after he was revealed as an unnamed alderman in the Nov. 16 indictment of George Wylie Thompson of Cabot. Gaines faces a conspiracy charge, while Thompson faces charges that include fraud, conspiracy, possession of weapons by a convicted felon and drug distribution.

Portrait slots still available

December 3, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County still has a few appointments left for its upcoming Pictures with Pets, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the shelter north of Batesville.Those wanting to have their portraits taken with their pets should call and reserve a time slot. Matthews Photography will once again be providing services, and there is no sitting fee — customers just pay for the photo package they want.The humane society will also be taking part in the Batesville Christmas Parade later that evening, with a float and around 15 to 20 dogs walking beside it.

Church to present Christmas drama

December 3, 2009 Believers’ Community Church will host its annual Christmas drama presentation “This Is The Day!” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10-12. Admission is free and open to the public. Infant nursery care will be provided.

Preschool to host ‘Santa’s Studio’

December 3, 2009 Batesville Preschool will turn into “Santa’s Studio” at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 with “hands-on Christmas fun” for children of all ages at the Early Learning and Enrichment Center.“Santa’s Studio will have a work bench ready for everyone. There will be cookies to be decorated, ornaments to be made, Christmas crafts galore and much, much more,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “We may even have a visit from Santa himself!”The center is located at 1900 Lyon St.