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Kenneth Eugene Hodges
Kenneth Eugene Hodges, 93, most recently of Searcy passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.
Kenneth was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Denmark, Ark., to Clyde and Ethel Hodges. . . .

Police Reports

The following are specific reports chosen from hundreds received daily, according to the Searcy Police Department:
Wednesday, Nov. 21
12:57 a.m. -- Police took a report of a domestic disturbance on South Elm Terrace.
10:26 a.m. . . .

Rotarians welcome new members

Contributed photoThe Searcy Rotary Club recently welcomed two new members Cal Maine Foods Manager Matt Ball (center) and Chris Howell (right) with BBL Oil Co. The two are inducted by former club President Doug Doughty. The club has been serving Searcy since 1959 and meets every Tuesday at noon at the Searcy Country Club.

Christmas carols at Integrity Care

Contributed photoDaughters of the Other Side recently visited Integrity Care in Searcy and sang Christmas songs to the residents. "The girls passed out throw blankets, cookies and candy as well for the residents for Christmas," Integrity Care Activities Director Jennifer Covey said. "These girls did an awesome job and the residents had tears of joy. We also will be having several other groups coming in throughout the month of December bringing Christmas joy."

Sherri Sanders: Care of Christmas cactus important after holidays

While the poinsettia remains the most popular of the holiday plants, a healthy Christmas cactus in full bloom is a great gift idea for that special gardener. But along with that bounty of blooms, send these tips for keeping the . . .

Area residents participate in FBLA-PBL Basic Training

Students from area high schools gather for FBLA-PBL Basic Training. The preliminary event prepares students for the FBLA district competition.

The Phi Beta Lambda business organization at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs hosted the 10th annual Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Basic Training on Dec. 7.
FBLA students and their instructors from . . .

Church prepares for International Food Fest

Contributed photoMike Willems (right), chairman of 2019 International Food Fest scheduled for Feb. 2, told those recently gathered for the first IFF committee meeting held Dec. 12 that 1,000 tickets have been printed to be made available for the 11th annual event to be held in the St. James Catholic Church parish hall. His wife Cathy (left) is co-chairman. Advance tickets will be $10, and those sold at the door will be $20.

Health Inspections

The following health inspections were conducted in White County:
Tuesday, Dec. 4
• The Pig, 7813 Arkansas Highway 367 N. in Bradford, was cited for improper cold holding temperatures (food items in pizza cold holding unit were . . .

Police Reports

The following are specific reports chosen from hundreds received daily, according to the Searcy Police Department:
Monday, Nov. 19
3:32 p.m. -- Police took a report of a fight in progress on North Ella Street.
6:57 p.m. -- Police . . .

Collecting toys for kids

Contributed photoPunishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club donated toys and presented a $500 check during the White County Christmas 4 Kids annual toy drive, held at the White County Fairgrounds. "We generally focus on organizations that assist military veterans and first responders, but we also have a soft spot for kids … especially this time of the year," Zachary Rigsby, vice president of the Punishers chapter, said. "This is the second year that we have been involved in this program, and we think it's a great way to give back to the community." The event included live music by Luke Williams, bouncy houses, face painting, monster truck rides, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, and Quad Wars and autocross races. "The toys we collect benefit kids who otherwise may not have any presents at all to open on Christmas morning," said Judy Hicks, founder of the annual event. Event coordinator Dusty Betts explained that, in previous years, participants would generally bring an unwrapped toy each to donate. However, this year, several individuals brought two or three toys each, while other businesses and organizations arrived with hundreds of toys and bicycles. For more information, visit www.facebook.comchristmas4kidsevent.