Conservationist gives tips on helping wildlife survive

December 17, 2008 When temperatures nosedive and you start piling on the layers, it's important to remember the wildlife. Since wildlife can't crank up the heat or throw on a parka, they may need a little help from you to survive winter storms and cold snaps.

Prosecutors agree to skip trial in police shooting

December 17, 2008 MEMPHIS (AP) - A prosecutor will not appeal a judge's decision to let two Arkansas police officers avoid trial in the shooting death of a passenger in a car they chased into Tennessee. Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons said Tuesday he will follow the state criminal court judge's ruling earlier this month, though he still contends that pretrial diversion program for the officers is not appropriate.

N.Y. governor eyes taxes on drinks, downloaded music

December 17, 2008 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. David Paterson's first state budget threatens to affect just about every New Yorker - even those online. Paterson proposed Tuesday a 2009-10 budget that would increase spending by 1.1 percent, or $1.3 billion, to create a $121.1 billion spending plan.

Adam Walsh case transformed missing kid searches

December 17, 2008 HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - The abduction happened 27 years ago, at a time when parents routinely left their children playing in the toy store, unattended, and continued shopping. But when Reve Walsh returned to pick up her 6-year-old son, he wasn't there. Over the mall loudspeaker, the plea came: "Adam Walsh, please come to customer service."

Bakery nixes cake request for young

December 17, 2008 EASTON, Pa. (AP) - The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting.

2nd shut-down order issued over pollution

December 17, 2008 GRIFFITHVILLE (AP) - A company that collects wastewater from natural gas companies drilling in the Fayetteville Shale has been ordered to shut down a second operation after inspectors linked it to fish kills and water pollution in White County.

Church group makes quilts

December 17, 2008 The Relief Society of Batesville branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made and donated 114 quilts to charity during this calendar year, according to Richard Broughton. Recipients of the quilts include White River Medical Center, battered women's shelters, nursing home residents, natural disaster victims and other individuals.

Editor describes how to cheat-clean during holidays

December 17, 2008 The hustle-bustle of the holidays means lots of guests and little time to make your home presentable, especially on short notice. Don't panic! "It's nearly impossible to carve out time for the fun holiday stuff, let alone the nitty gritty cleaning like washing the sheets on the guest bed or wiping the dust off the good china," said Real Simple magazine's deputy editor, Rachel Hardage.

Family & Friends Briefs

December 17, 2008 Church to present play CAVE CITY - The Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church will present the play "Tis the Season" at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. According to a news release, "Tis the Season" is about an annual live nativity event gone terrible wrong and all the characters who learned a lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.


December 17, 2008 Annaleigh Cathleen Castleberry Casey and Annette Castleberry of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Dec. 9, 2008. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and has been named Annaleigh Cathleen Castleberry.