Arkansas suffers steady layoffs amid slow economy

December 16, 2008 By Kelly P. Kissel Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK - Word that a rail car maker in Paragould could have enough work to last through Christmas was the bright spot Monday amid a steady stream of layoff notices that is dragging down Arkansas' economy and its people.

Two arrested in 1992 killing

December 16, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sixteen years after Dan Coleman was killed, his wife and a suburban St. Louis firefighter face charges related to the crime. Both James Kornhardt, 49, and Karen Coleman, 54, were charged Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and one count of murder for hire.

Nation’s first face transplant done in Cleveland hospital

December 16, 2008 CLEVELAND (AP) -The nation's first near-total face transplant has been done on a woman at the Cleveland Clinic, the hospital announced Tuesday. Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow replaced nearly all of the woman's face - 80 percent - with that of a dead female donor in an operation a couple weeks ago.

Chuck Berry home on National Register

December 16, 2008 ST. LOUIS (AP) - Roll over Beethoven - Chuck Berry's house earns national recognition. The modest one-story red-brick house in St. Louis where the rock 'n' roll pioneer lived for eight years in the 1950s has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, city officials confirmed Monday.

Moot court team places in tourney

December 16, 2008 Four Lyon College students recently placed in the moot court Southeastern Regional Tournament in Georgia. After three preliminary rounds, juniors Monica Day of Overbrook, Kan., Travis Moore of Batesville, Josh Looney of Springdale and Bailey Dunlap of Jonesboro made it to the tournament's final 16 teams.

What to serve Santa changes throughout different nations

December 16, 2008 LONDON (AP) - Santa's rounds in Europe can be hungry work. The jolly old elf can count on mince pies and sherry in Britain, but in Denmark the food is left out for gnomes, not for Julmanden (Santa). In desperation in Belgium, St. Nick could always grab one of the carrots left out for his horse.

Club News

December 16, 2008 Independence County DAR The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its December meeting recently in the George Rider Room, First Community Bank. Regent Linda Carol Cooper of Melbourne called the meeting to order and welcomed members and a guest, Linda Elliott Taylor of Oxford.

Woman missing

December 16, 2008 With overnight temperatures dipping into the low 20s, along with freezing rain and sleet for the last two days, police are concerned about a Newark woman reported missing in a field near her home Friday afternoon.

Area Briefs

December 16, 2008 Board member to be appointed CAVE CITY - The Cave City School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the superintendent's office to appoint a board member to replace Buell Wilkes, who resigned last month, Superintendent Steven Green said.

Deadline approaches for loans

December 16, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Because floods and severe weather damaged several parts of Arkansas earlier this year, Congressman Marion Berry is encouraging owners of all eligible small businesses that were affected by the March storms to learn more about Economic Injury Disaster Loans available from the Small Business Administration, said his communications director, Angela Guyadeen.