BJHS, BHS to present concerts

November 27, 2009 The Batesville Junior and Senior High School choral department will present its winter concerts 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Lyon College’s Brown Chapel. Admission is free. “Many secular and Chritmas tunes will be be presented along with duets and trios,” a news release states.

Craft fair planned for Dec. 5

November 27, 2009 The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches will host its 24th annual Country Christmas Craft Fair Dec. 5 at the campus near Batesville. The fair is one of the most well-known activities sponsored by the ranch, which is in its 33rd year of providing permanent homes for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected, according to a news release. Campuses are also located at DeGray and Mulberry. From the money generated at the craft fair, the children earn dollars for Christmas and the cottages earn funds for vacations or special events.

Shelter animals need home

November 27, 2009 A home for the holidays.That’s the goal of the Humane Society of Independence County for its shelter animals, said Terry Fengel, humane society kennel caregiver during a bake sale fundraiser Saturday at Hawgs Exxon.“Events like these help to raise funds for the shelter to get by on during the holiday season, when many people may be thinking of Thanksgiving cooking and Christmas shopping,” Fengel said.

Museum to host Christmas party

November 27, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will host its third annual Old Fashioned Family Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Admission is free for this event, but donations will be accepted. This is the final installment of the museum’s popular Family Day series for 2009.

Black Friday — Early birds swarm stores

November 27, 2009 Bargain hunters try to catch electronics, appliance dealsFor many like Sherry Long, shopping on Black Friday is as much a tradition as cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie is for Thanksgiving dinner. For 10 years that’s how it’s been. “We make this a tradition,” she said, looking up from a printed map of Walmart’s store while waiting with others at the electronics department this morning for the 5 a.m. sales to begin.

News of Other Days

November 25, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 11, 1996.

Agent offers tips on winter feeding

November 25, 2009 Cold weather increases energy requirements. January usually is the first month that Arkansas will experience sustained winter weather. Points to consider for winter feeding are:1. Have forage analyses run on hays and silages and have the winter feeding program lined out for the herd.

Annual tree sale under way

November 25, 2009 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District’s annual tree sale is under way, according to a news release.The last day to place orders is Jan. 19 and the trees will arrive about the first week of March.The offerings this year are as follows: Bundles containing one forsythia, one Java Red Weigela, one Chinese chestnut and one bush honeysuckle are $7 each; crape myrtles (red, white, purple or pink) are $2.50 each; white dogwood, $2.50; and Bradford pear (three to four feet tall), $7.50.All trees come bare rooted and range in size from 18 inches to 4 feet tall.

Smart Spending: When Black Friday is worth effort

November 25, 2009 PORTLAND, Ore. — Shopping on Black Friday can be daunting, with massive crowds, pre-dawn start times and long checkout lines.Roughly 77 million Americans are expected to head to stores Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and often considered the start of the holiday shopping season, and the frenzy will continue through the weekend.But whether it’s worth participating depends on who’s shopping, what they want and all the costs involved.Here’s what to keep in mind.THE SHOPPER

Stolen vehicle crashed

November 25, 2009  A Sulphur Rock man is under an investigative hold after he allegedly wrecked a stolen around midnight Monday.Deputy Dee McFatter said she was dispatched to the area of Gainesboro Road and Oak Bluff Road where a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu had been wrecked.En route to the accident McFatter said she was told by police dispatch that first responders couldn’t find anyone around the vehicle, but before she arrived the alleged driver was dropped off at the crash scene by another motorist.