Christmas tree trains keep on chugging

December 12, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Forsyth's best Christmas was when he woke up to a train chugging around the tree, a conductor's hat and a little pair of overalls. So he makes sure to put a train around his Christmas tree each year.

1950s pinup Bettie Page dies at 85

December 12, 2008 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

Pinning ceremony honors graduates

December 12, 2008 Melbourne - Practical and registered nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a recognition ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on Dec. 9. Students completing their studies in practical nursing were: Heather Coleman, Kamille Ebert, Jodi Engelhardt, Rhiannon Masson, Jamie Ogle, Lori Powers and Talisha Sharp, all of Melbourne; Angela Ball, Jamie Dean and Teia Ellzey, all of Oxford; Ronda Harper, Canea West and Nathan West, all of Ash Flat; Jaimie Barnett of Cave City; Brenn Dickison of Smithville; and Amber Washington of Brockwell.

Family & Friends Brief

December 12, 2008 Cushman church choir to present children's musical CUSHMAN - The Kids Choir of Cornerstone Community Church in Cushman will present a children's musical titled "All I Want for Christmas" at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Area Briefs

December 12, 2008 John 3:16 to hold Christmas celebration CHARLOTTE - John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte will host a Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday. A free meal of smoked turkey and all the trimmings will be served, followed by songs celebrating the birth of Jesus and testimonies of how Jesus has put the residents' lives back together, according to director Bryan Tuggle.

Fire station bids opened

December 12, 2008 Construction of a new fire station in west Batesville should begin "sometime shortly after the first of the year," according to Batesville Fire Chief Danny Russell. Fourteen construction companies bid for the opportunity to build the new facility on White Drive near Poke Bayou. However, the winning bid of $1,085,860 went to Noacon of Fairfield Bay.

Former Charlotte man injured in wreck at Clinton

December 12, 2008 Two months ago, 35-year-old John Steer was a pallbearer at his friend's funeral. He helped carry the casket of Brandon Wood, who was killed in a wreck near Newark. Tuesday, the accident scenario was repeated in Van Buren County, this time with Steer as the driver.

Ethan’s art part of Miracle Ball

December 12, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - With the stroke of a paintbrush and a mind full of creativity, imagination comes to life for Ethan Marbaise while standing behind an art easel and a blank canvas. And like any artist, creativity can come at anytime, anywhere - even when you're 6.

Rutherford dies at 110

December 12, 2008 Betty Rutherford lived during 19 different presidential administrations and was proud to cast a ballot earlier this year for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rutherford died Thursday - just over a month away from a new president taking office. She was 110.

39th Brigade nearing home

December 12, 2008 CAMP SHELBY JOINT FORCES TRAINING CENTER, Miss. - The 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team continues its transition home with multiple flights this week, bringing the total count to 1,700 having returned from Iraq.