Ex-Murphy exec convicted

November 19, 2009 EL DORADO (AP) — A former executive at Murphy USA has been convicted of three felony theft counts by a jury that recommended 10 years’ probation and a $30,000 fine.Prosecutors said Paul Wells, former vice president of marketing at Murphy USA, designed a scheme in which a company begun by his wife double-billed Murphy for $54,000 worth of T-shirts promoting the oil refining and marketing company.After Tuesday’s verdicts and sentence recommendations, Circuit Judge Hamilton Singleton set Wells’ sentencing for Dec. 3.

Angel Tree names ready

November 19, 2009 Angel Tree has 900 names of children ready for pickup at the United Way of Independence County office on the first floor of First Community Bank in Batesville.According to organizers, volunteers are needed to take names and give out presents. Call (870) 793-5991 to volunteer, take a name, or give a donation. 

Gifts from the heart: Baking expert offers ideas

November 19, 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The possibilities for a special gift from your kitchen are endless — a great pound cake, a loaf of banana bread, special cinnamon rolls or even a homemade pecan pie.“Anything you bake from a treasured family recipe will have special meaning as a gift to a friend,” said Martha White baking expert Linda Carman. “However, practically speaking, cookies are one of the best choices for gift giving.”

ASU awards scholarships

November 19, 2009 Jonesboro — Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has awarded scholarships to several area students starting with the fall 2010 semester.Sarah Landers, a senior at Cave City High School, has accepted a Chancellor’s Scholarship.During high school, her achievements and activities included: Key Club, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, SkillsUSA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, Video Yearbook/TV, and Quiz Bowl. Landers is also an honors student.Her parents are Ray and Cathy Landers of Cave City.

Hannahs to perform

November 19, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Hannahs will perform at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Mount Zion Baptist Church.A Thanksgiving meal will follow the services. Donations will be taken for the church’s new van.The church is located at 149 Rorie St. in Southside.

Legal Aid board to meet

November 19, 2009 Legal Aid of Arkansas board of directors will hold a regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at First Community Bank in Batesville, located at 1325 Harrison St.The meeting is open to the public.

Is it stuffing or dressing?

November 19, 2009 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — No matter what you call it, dressing or stuffing is a revered holiday tradition all over the country.“What you call it and whether it’s made with bread or cornbread is probably dictated by family tradition and where you grew up,” said the Martha White baking expert Linda Carman. “Southerners generally call the famous accompaniment dressing, not stuffing, and prefer to make it with cornbread and bake it in a pan alongside the turkey.”

Bethesda EHC

November 19, 2009 BETHESDA — Twelve members of the Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club and four guests enjoyed a thanksgiving dinner at the clubs’ monthly meeting held at the Bethesda Fire Station on Nov. 17.The guest of honor was Stephanie Schindler, county agent for family and consumer sciences.Following the meal an abbreviated business meeting was conducted with club president Corliss May presiding. Much of the discussion centered around the club’s blessing box project. The recipient family for this year is one whose home was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago.

Nail family benefit planned

November 19, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — A dinner, silent auction and a live auction will be held Saturday to benefit Chris and Caroline Nail whose daughter Gracie died in October. A $5 barbecue dinner with all the fixings, drink and dessert will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southside Middle School cafeteria followed by a live auction. Silent auction items will be set up in the morning at the middle school physical education building and Bad Boy Mowers has donated an multi-terrain vehicle to be raffled at the final game of the annual Lyon College, high school basketball tournament.

John 3:16 now selling smoked turkeys, hams

November 19, 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.