Hastings to host ‘Southern Girls’ signing

December 8, 2009 A book signing for “Open before Christmas: Holiday Tales from Six Southern Gals” will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings bookstore in Batesville. Linda Creech Moser of Batesville and Charlene Creech of Jonesboro, two of the six authors of “Open Before Christmas” will sign their book that is a collection of Christmas stories, poems and “recipoems.”

AHPP to host history walks

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Walks Through History” and “Sandwiching in History” tours will visit historic properties across the state during 2010, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced.In the “Walks Through History” program, AHPP historians each month provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas. The tours all begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The 2010 schedule includes:

Weight loss group to meet

December 8, 2009 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic (formerly known as North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control). For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Studio to present recital

December 8, 2009 Weston Music Studio will present a Christmas recital at 6 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, located at 2005 White Drive.Participating in the recital will be 52 young performers, who will present seasonal favorites as well as songs with a theme of fairy tales and fantasy pieces.

UAW holding food drive

December 8, 2009 POCAHONTAS — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Bonanza Restaurant in Pocahontas.Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the annual food drive.

Church to hold revival

December 8, 2009 NEWARK — Newark Assembly of God will have a Christmas revival titled “The Christmas Revolution” Sunday through Dec. 15.Service times are 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Dec. 15.Jim Wooley will be the featured speaker. He has been a minister with the Assemblies of God for 23 years, 16 of which he worked in youth ministry. He and his wife, Julia, are nationally appointed United States missionaries on their way to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.The church is located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark. For more information call (870) 799-3325.

Crabtree to celebrate 80th

December 8, 2009 BEEBE — Dale Crabtree will celebrate his 90th birthday with a party hosted by family and friends at New Liberty Baptist Church in Beebe at 1 p.m. Saturday. Crabtree was born in 1929 in Cave City to Burrell and Alice Crabtree. He worked at Stanley Wood Chevrolet for almost 40 years and also served on the Cord-Charlotte school board.The church is located at 514 S. Main St. in Beebe. No gifts are requested, but cards are appreciated. 

Albert Sidney Johnson UDC

December 8, 2009 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its November meeting at the Batesville Country Club. Chaplin Madge Stephens of Melbourne gave the invocation.Following a Dutch treat luncheon, President Mary Miller called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests Sue Richmond and Wilma and Bill Hoskins. Miller led the Ritual and Pledges.The minutes of the October meeting were read and approved, and the treasurer’s report was given.

Republican Women to meet

December 8, 2009 Independence County Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a Dutch-treat luncheon at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.The program will be presented by Jacque Martin of Quitman, state coordinator for Secure Arkansas, who will discuss the Taxed Enough Already Party movement’s relevancy to the political process.

Properties nominated for national register

December 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated 34 properties in 27 Arkansas counties to the National Register of Historic Places when it met Dec. 2, AHPP announced.Area properties to be considered for National Register nomination are:• Miller Creek Bridge at Batesville in Independence County, a 1914 concrete structure;• Central Avenue Bridge at Batesville in Independence County, a 1930 open-spandrel concrete bridge;