Dixie Chicks singer sued for defamation

December 4, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines is the target of a defamation lawsuit by the stepfather of one of three 8-year-old boys slain in West Memphis. Maines spoke out for three people convicted of the slayings and alleged the stepfather was instead involved in the killings.

Service News

December 4, 2008 SAN ANTONIO - Air Force Airman Summer J. Romero has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During the six weeks of training, Romero studied the Air Force mission, organization, core values, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 4, 2008 Toys, other items to be given First Baptist Church, located at Sixth and Main streets in Batesville, will host a Christmas Share and Care from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Toys, warm clothing, books and household items will be given away to families in need.

Club News

December 4, 2008 Albert Sidney Johnson, UDC The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its November meeting at the Batesville Country Club, following a dutch treat luncheon. President Mary Miller welcomed members and guest Linda Elliott Taylor of Oxford.

Area Brief

December 4, 2008 Oak Bluff dinner scheduled The annual Oak Bluff Community Fellowship Dinner will be at noon Saturday at 380 Oak Bluff Road, between Batesville and Charlotte. A potluck will be served. Those attending are asked to bring items such as crafts to be auctioned after the meal.

Design ideas for local development scheduled

December 4, 2008 The nationally-acclaimed architecture firm of LRK (Looney Ricks Kiss), headquartered in Memphis, will host an open meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Nucor Auditorium in the Lyon Building on the campus of Lyon College.

Star gazers give conflicting stories

December 4, 2008 A Sulphur Rock man called Batesville 911 early Wednesday morning claiming his girlfriend had been kidnapped by several men on Dry Run Circle, and he could hear footsteps in the woods near where he was hiding.

Church site open for tour

December 4, 2008 Editor's note: This is the fifth and final story in a series detailing the homes on the Christmas Tour of Historical Homes, sponsored by the Batesville Preservation Association. The tour will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the homes. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, call (870) 793-7739.

Former teacher remembered

December 4, 2008 Teaching others about life and the importance of laughter was something educator Marian McGinnis prided herself on. That same philosophy was bestowed back to her in the final days of her life when her friends and former students rallied around her bedside and told non-stop stories about growing up with her as their teacher and her daughter Martha as a friend.

Extension agent retiring, taking Fountain of experience with her

December 4, 2008 Beverly Fountain may not be able to tell you off the top of her head how to fry an ostrich or how to cook a snake, but there are plenty more areas in which she can readily provide advice or at least tell people where to find the resources. After all, she's had 28 years of experience with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, but come next month, she'll be retiring.