Kissing the pig

Regions Bank President Elizabeth Farris, left, kisses a "pig" held by Regions Oaklawn Branch Manager Gena Christy to symbolically thank Regions officers and employees for raising $12,830.45 for the United Way Campaign, as bank officers ...

Farmers market extends hours

The Historic Downtown Farmers & Artisans Market will have extended hours for holiday shopping from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 121 Orange St.

Bowl picks: Hogs, 'Noles and Tide

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national-championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here's why:

Police log

Dec. 17 Jason LaComfora, 115 Kittleberger Court, reported a burglary. Missing were three nail guns, a combo set, radio, work light and two tape measures. Randy Yarbrough Early, Spa Auto Sales, 2443 Albert Pike, reported a theft of an Arkansas license plate.

Arkansas' model Medicaid experiment in jeopardy

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas became the first Southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient.

John's Honda holding open house

Please join the staff at John's Honda starting at 11 a.m. Saturday for their open house and fundraiser for James and Scotty King, of King Racing, to help them raise money for their upcoming journey to the King of the Motos Race in Southern California in January.

Lowly Bears bench QB Cutler

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears benched Jay Cutler on Thursday, deciding to start Jimmy Clausen against the Detroit Lions this weekend instead of their franchise quarterback who signed a massive, seven-year deal at the end of last season.

Veterans ride

Fountain Lake Elementary students got to meet and thank veteran motorcyclists escorted by officers of the Hot Springs Police Department on Nov. 11 as part of the district's Veteran's Day celebration.

Thursday Item of interest

Tickets available for Elks' New Year's party Elks Lodge 380, 132 Abbott Place, will host a New Year's party Dec. 31. The doors will open at 7 p.m. The Randy McDonald Fab 3 band will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. Those attending are welcome to bring snacks for their table. After the dance, breakfast will be prepared by Pam and Photo Billy.