Air travel down in state this holiday season

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK. (AP) - Airports in Little Rock and northwest Arkansas say fewer people are traveling by air this holiday season, with double-digit decreases projected at both airports. The Little Rock National Airport expects 99,079 passengers to go through the airport during the Christmas and New Year's period, according to advanced bookings. During the same time last year, 118,289 people traveled through the airport.

Rare dolls on exhibit at Arkansas Capitol

December 24, 2008 LITTLE ROCK (AP) - What child wouldn't want his or her very own Douglas MacArthur doll? Douglas MacArthur, the original G.I. Joe, is on display at the Arkansas State Capitol at Little Rock. The doll, c. 1942, is on loan from the Jefferson County Historical Museum.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 24, 2008 Strawberry River DAR to meet HARDY - The Strawberry River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its January meeting on the 3rd at the Manse at the Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy at 1 p.m.


December 24, 2008 Luis Aaron Olmedo Gonzalez Jose Luis and Rosario Gonzalez and Samantha of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Dec. 20, 2008. The baby weighed 8.5 pounds and has been named Luis Aaron Olmedo Gonzalez.

Jan. 23 trial date set for Mitchell Johnson

December 24, 2008 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) - Another court date has been scheduled for Jonesboro school shooter Mitchell Johnson. Johnson, 24, faces a charge of fraudulently using a stolen credit card at a Fayetteville Burger King. Trial is set for Jan. 23.

Arts council celebrates 20 years

December 24, 2008 The Batesville Area Arts Council recently celebrated 20 years with an open house and fundraiser. The Dec. 12 open house was held during a "second Friday of the month" promotion sponsored by downtown Batesville merchants.

Investigators still working on separate fires

December 24, 2008 Two fires in east Batesville early Tuesday morning that destroyed one family's home and the car of another were not the result of bombings or racial hate crimes, said Lt. Brenda Bittle of the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

Arrest stops crime spree in Sharp Co.

December 24, 2008 ASH FLAT ­- A couple of consecutive days earlier this month didn't go so well for a 25-year-old Cherokee Village man who has been charged with several counts of commercial burglary, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card, according to information provided by Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver.

It looks a lot like Christmas

December 24, 2008 The glow of thousands of Christmas lights is something Chuck Willis admits he missed seeing after last week's weather brought sleet and freezing rain to Batesville. Looking outside his front window only to find a dark yard was even a little sad, said the 77-year-old homeowner Friday afternoon while standing inside his living room at 90 Denison Heights.

Baseball Briefs

December 23, 2008 Pro baseball NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees were hit with their highest luxury tax in three years. The Yankees were assessed a $26.9 million tax by the commissioner's office, up from $23.9 million last year and their biggest bill since paying nearly $34 million for 2005.