Tips given for ringing in the New Year on a budget

December 11, 2008 No need to spend a fortune on a swanky dinner, admission to an upscale club, a babysitter or a big blowout bash this Dec. 31. Here are some cheap and fun ways to ring in the New Year. IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN, TRY...

Theme night ideas

December 11, 2008 Some families create gift themes on the individual nights of Hanukkah, such as pajama or movie night. Kids get excited about the themes, anticipating what any given night will bring, and parents say it helps them appreciate their gifts more.

Hanukkah theme nights make small gifts special

December 11, 2008 Socks. Board games. Underwear. Movie tickets. Musical toothbrushes? They're probably not the big presents most kids say they want for Hanukkah. But with eight nights to celebrate, parents, especially these days, often don't want to indulge their children with a standout gift each night. And they want the holiday to be about more than a pile of presents.

Wall Street lower amid auto bailout worries

December 11, 2008 NEW YORK - Investors took a cautious stance on Wall Street today, selling stocks as they questioned whether a bill to rescue Detroit's carmakers will pass the Senate. The $14 billion of loans to cash-starved General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC could go before the Senate as early as today. But, based on concerns raised by Republicans, and even some uncertain support among Democrats, approval is not guaranteed.

State News Briefs

December 11, 2008 State Supreme Court upholds no-bid contracts law LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas' highest court has ruled that a state law allowing no-bid contracts on some state construction projects is constitutional.

UPS plant fire burns conveyors

December 11, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A fire damaged two conveyor belts at the UPS facility near Little Rock National Airport. Assistant Fire Marshal Randy Davenport says the 9:45 p.m. Wednesday fire resulted mainly in smoke and water damage, in addition to the damage to the conveyor lines. Davenport says UPS summoned workers to repair the damaged lines and that the rest of the plant was quickly back in operation.

New bridge across Mississippi considered

December 11, 2008 BLYTHEVILLE (AP) - A roughly 20-mile toll road between northeast Arkansas and northwest Tennessee, including a bridge spanning the Mississippi River, could be built and shave more than 20 minutes off a trip to nearby Memphis, engineers say.

Activist’s trial ends; no ruling

December 11, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The disbarment trial for anti-tax activist and Fort Smith attorney Oscar Stilley ended on Wednesday with a special judge giving both sides until mid-March to make their final arguments in the case.

Service News

December 11, 2008 San Antonio - Air Force Airman Sean Williamson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

Area Briefs

December 11, 2008 Ozarka board to fill positions MELBOURNE - The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in the board room at the John E. Miller Complex on the Melbourne campus.