Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu December 18, 2014
PHOTO BY: Angela Spencer

Arkansas State Police officers salute the flag during the national anthem at a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Cabot High School on Dec. 12. The event was part of a nationwide effort to honor veterans, particularly those who gave their lives in defense of the nation.

‘An air of respect’

Wreaths Across America honors veterans with stop in Cabot

Christmas is a happy time for many people, but for some, the holidays can be a reminder of the empty spaces around the table left by family members who will not be there to exchange gifts and participate in traditions. This time of year can be exceptionally difficult for the many families whose loved ones died while serving in the military, and while nothing can bring them back, a kind gesture and a heartfelt thank you can show those fa... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Feeling guilt at Christmas over gifts

    Words I associate with Christmas are excitement, wonder, Jesus, joy and guilt. Every year I do stories on community groups trying desperately to raise money to buy needy children and families gifts to put under their trees so the kids don’t wake up and think Santa forgot them. Meanwhile, I’m just trying to find something to buy to “even up” how much I’m spending on my sons and asking for more ideas from other family members so I feel li... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Woman giving back through United Way of White County

    It can be easy for some people to get caught up in the often hectic schedule of life, going from home to work to extracurricular activities, attempting to fill the days with productivity and positive relationships. While there is nothing wrong with a busy lifestyle, sometimes the full schedules and busy lives act as blinders to the needs in a community. For Pat Downs, knowing about and working to meet the needs of people in White County... READ MORE

THREE RIVERS OUTDOORS

    Here are some Christmas gift ideas for the hunter

    Searching for the perfect Christmas gift to give a friend or family member who enjoys hunting? This can seem like a daunting task when such a great variety of products is available, but this guide to holiday shopping can help you get started. Here are some items you’ll certainly want to consider gift-wrapping this year. Visit your local sporting-goods dealer to check out the selections. Guns If you really want to make an impression, yo... READ MORE

FLAVOR

    This year, enjoy holiday chestnuts in a tasty soup

    If you grew up almost anywhere cold in North America or Europe, one of the most evocative sensations of the holiday season is the smoky-sweet smell of chestnuts, roasting irresistibly on charcoal-fueled street-corner stands. I’ll bet right now, at that very thought, you’re hearing in your head the famous lyrics of “The Christmas Song,” written and sung by the late Mel Torme, who dined often at my Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills. Both ... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    This week's events in the Three Rivers area

    Dec. 18 Movie for Adults JACKSONVILLE — A movie for adults will be shown at 5 p.m. at the Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St. The film, Into the Storm, is rated PG-13. For more information, call (501) 457-5038. Dec. 19 Teen Takeover JACKSONVILLE — The Nixon Library, 703 W. Main St., will present Teen Takeover for ages 13-19 at 4 p.m. December will be a video game month. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call (501) 457-5038. Th... READ MORE