Coming in on wing & prayer after breakdown far from home

November 20, 2009 My knuckles were white as I man-handled my pickup along the steep, winding curves of  Highway 16 in Pope County. The power steering had crapped out a few minutes earlier while on a back country forest service road.As I tried to control my speed, and keep an eye on the heat and battery gauges, a slight odor of anti-freeze could be detected in the cab of the truck.

News of Other Days

November 20, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 6, 1996.

Cedar Ridge hires staff, architect

November 20, 2009 NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School board met Tuesday night where it voted to employ Jackson Brown King Architects as the architect for a high school classroom building project. Also the board voted to:• Adopt a board resolution for local support of the district’s 2010 10-year Master Plan and 2011-13 Partnership Program as required by the Arkansas Department of Education Facility Division and Arkansas laws.

John 3:16 selling turkeys, hams

November 20, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is again selling smoked turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each, and that includes tax.Pickup will be Nov. 25, as the men from John 3:16 will be set up from noon to 7 p.m. in the Batesville Walmart parking lot. Larger orders (such as from a business or industry) can be delivered sooner. To place an order, call Dane Bawcom at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.The ministry did about 80 turkeys last Thanksgiving.

Christmas memories sought for special section

November 20, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard is publishing its annual Seasons Greetings special section on Dec. 24.Anyone wishing to share a special Christmas memory for publishing in this section may bring the story and/or a photo to go with the memory to the Guard office at 258 W. Main St.; mail it to the Guard, Attn: Andrea Bruner, P.O. Box 2036, Batesville, AR 72503; or e-mail it to andreab@guardonline.com.The deadline for stories and photos is Dec. 9.

End of an era: Oprah ending show after 25 years

November 20, 2009 CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey was set to announce today that her powerhouse daytime television show, the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire with legions of fans, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.Winfrey planned to announce the final date for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during a live broadcast, according to her production company, Harpo Productions Inc. She said at the beginning of the show that she had some news to share and that she would discuss it at the end of the show.

TCF offers tips on what not to say to bereaved parents during holidays

November 20, 2009 Oak Brook, Ill. — With the holidays upon us, families that have suffered the tragic loss of a child are often trying to figure out how they can simply survive the season. Unfortunately, those very people who most care about them, relatives and close friends, often say the wrong things, hurting the very people they’re trying to comfort.

Author pens Christmas book

November 20, 2009 Local author Stella Mary Hash recently released a book geared for children ages 4 to 12 titled “L.J.’s Special Christmas.”The book depicts the adventures of L.J. the donkey’s life as it leads up to his bearing the mother of Jesus to Bethlehem, which is his old home place. L.J. reunites with loved ones and witnesses the birth of the Messiah.Hash will read and sign her book at several area schools and bookstores in the coming weeks.The book is available online at xlibris.com, or it may be requested at local bookstores.

Winter Gala plans under way

November 20, 2009 Main Street Batesville will host its annual Winter Gala Jan. 30 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant.“It’s a chance to dress up, get out of the house, and have some fun,” said Paula Grimes, executive director. “This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. We’ll have great food, entertainment, and both live and silent auctions.”For more information, call Grimes at (870) 793-4632 or e-mail downtownbatesville@sbcglobal.net.

Oldest church in Arkansas to be topic of walk-through

November 20, 2009 SEARCY — Explore the history of Smyrna Church and Cemetery in Searcy as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program hosts a Walk Through History tour on Dec. 5. The event is co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society.The Smyrna Church is the oldest documented church building in Arkansas and the cemetery contains grave markers dating back to the 1850s.