Missouri’s high court mulls Halloween sex offender law

December 3, 2009 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A central Missouri prosecutor urged the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to let him prosecute a man accused of violating restrictions on sex offenders’ Halloween activities.Charles Raynor of Mexico, Mo., was charged with a misdemeanor after police saw a woman handing out candy on Halloween from his house. Raynor was convicted about two decades ago in Washington state for indecent liberties with a child who was less than 14 years old.

Diamond T 4-H presents awards at ceremony

December 3, 2009 THIDA — The Diamond T 4-H club held its fifth Awards Ceremony. Cecile Harris welcomed the 48 attending guests. Cheyenne Brooks lead the prayer. Bailey Reynolds lead the Pledge of Allegiance while Brainne Reed lead the 4-H pledge.Guest speaker Toy Siler spoke of how the club formed and how the club has grown in its first five years.

Man accused of aiding in Wash. killing

December 3, 2009 TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A suspect accused of helping Maurice Clemmons flee after the gunman massacred four suburban police officers could face trial as an accomplice to murder — a crime that might bring the same penalties as if he had pulled the trigger himself.Darcus Allen, 38, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Wednesday after he was charged with being a fugitive. The prosecution is reviewing evidence to determine if any additional charges will be filed, including criminal assistance charges.

Former cop convicted of rape

December 3, 2009 BENTON (AP) — A former Alexander police officer has been convicted of rape and sexual abuse of three children.A Saline County jury deliberated just 15 minutes before finding Jeffrey Garcia guilty of two counts of rape and one count of second-degree sexual assault. Garcia was sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison.The now 12, 13 and 14-year-old testified they were sexually molested and beaten.Garcia did not testify but in a tape recorded interview with Benton police that was played for the jury he denied abusing the children.

Woman found tied, unconscious; hoax suspected

December 3, 2009 MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson says he suspects a hoax after a Van Buren, Ark., woman was found tied up and unconscious in a ditch.The woman was found Wednesday afternoon by passing motorists near the entrance to Greenleaf State Park. Pearson says the woman was conscious when deputies arrived and said she didn’t know what had happened.The sheriff says the woman was found under similar circumstances about six months ago in Van Buren. Her name was not released.

Clinton’s chief of staff tapped for Arkansas Supreme Court

December 3, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has named attorney and banker Bill Bowen to the Arkansas Supreme Court.The 86-year-old Bowen replaces Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber, who announced her retirement in September. A special election next year will determine who serves the remainder of Imber’s term, which ends in 2014. The appointment is effective Jan. 1.Beebe says Bowen is an “Arkansas institution.”

‘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.