Church to host dinner

November 1, 2010 Central Avenue United Methodist Church will host the J.T. Story Harvest Day Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available.Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

School to hold festival

November 1, 2010 Modern Woodmen has announced a new matching fund project in which it will match up to $500 in donations. The event is the Friends and Neighbors Sharing Fest at Sulphur Rock Magnet School, to be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.Events include a meal, games and a dessert auction. The meal of barbecue chicken or brisket, chips, drink and dessert is $5. Game tickets are five for $1 or 30 for $5.All proceeds will be used for technology equipment at the school. For more information call Cledas Manuel at (870) 307-0739.

Maurices food drive will benefit church pantry

November 1, 2010 Maurices is holding a food drive to benefit Second Chance church’s food pantry.“There are several great events we participate in with other Maurices stores across the nation each year, such as the holiday plush sale to benefit the American Cancer Society,” store manager Cynthia Harris said. “But it’s also a real privilege to step up and literally help our neighbors in need with this drive.”

Easy K Ranch bazaar set for Saturday

November 1, 2010 ZION — Easy K Ranch will have its first fall bazaar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.The ranch is located 10 miles east of Melbourne on Easy K Road in Zion.Baked goods, crafts and yard sale items will be for sale.Vendors interested in renting space for the event may call Crystal Johnson at (870) 368-7444.

Women form hiking group

November 1, 2010 PONCA (AP) — Patches of blue sky can be seen peeking through colorful leaves as an energetic group of women makes its way up Lost Valley Trail.The women belong to Women Hiking the Ozarks, an area group that offers hiking opportunities for women who enjoy the outdoors.“I love hiking with other women,” said Deborah Fleming, 58, of Midway, who hikes with the group for safety and camaraderie.

Fayetteville man builds electric motorcycle in home garage

November 1, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Julian Santa-Rita just wanted a cheap way to get to work, but the electric motorcycle he fabricated in the garage of his Fayetteville home draws double-takes from other riders.“It’s an old Honda that was in somebody’s yard,” Santa-Rita said. “I added a 48-volt motor.“It’s just kind of a bunch of different pieces from different suppliers. A lot of the parts are ready made off of the shelf, the kinds of things that they make for golf carts or personal mobility scooters and things like that.”

Metal, tools, truck reported stolen

November 1, 2010 Two incidents of theft of metal, valued at approximately $4,850, have been reported in the past few weeks, according to reports filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Carol Curtwright and Clint Chambliss reported $3,550 worth of wiring and other items taken from a residence and storage building on Reed Wade Road some time in the past week.Curtwright said she recently bought the property from a bank after the house partially burned and since that time she has had problems with things around the property coming up missing.

Convict asks state to return confiscated cash

November 1, 2010 TEXARKANA (AP) — An Ashdown man sentenced to 126 years in prison for selling drugs now wants the state of Arkansas to return $4,085 he says it confiscated from him.According to court documents, LaQuince T. Hogan submitted his request in early October. The Texarkana Gazette reports that no hearing on the matter is scheduled.District Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir calls the 37-year-old Hogan “one of the largest drug dealers in Little River County.” A jury sentenced Hogan to the prison term in 2009 and fined him $26,000.

Air Force base offers more land to school district

November 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock Air Force Base now is offering more land to the Pulaski County Special School District for future school construction.Air Force officials initially offered the district 20 acres near the base’s back gate on State Highway 107 in 2007. The district has not accepted the offer, although Air Force Col. Andy Coggins, the commander of the 19th Airlift Wing Mission Support Group, tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that it still stands.

Memorial set for Blount

November 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A public memorial service for Oscar winning actress and producer Lisa Blount is set for this afternoon in Little Rock.The service will be at noon at Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church and will celebrate Blount’s life.The 53-year-old Blount was found dead in her Little Rock home on Wednesday. She battled chronic illness but authorities have not released her cause of death, though an autopsy was ordered.Blount lived in Little Rock with her husband, actor Ray McKinnon.