Tiny house market thrives in midst of real estate bust

January 3, 2011 GRATON, Calif. — As Americans downsize after a colossal real estate bust, at least one tiny corner of the housing market appears to be thriving.To save money or simplify their lives, a small but growing number of Americans are buying or building homes that could fit inside many people’s living rooms, according to entrepreneurs in the small house industry.

Bowling planned for singles

January 3, 2011 The Family Connections Ministry of Batesville First Assembly of God is hosting a Single’s Group bowling event at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood Bowl, $2.50 per game. Those attending are asked to register by calling (870) 793-5489.

Church to have benefit

January 3, 2011 NEWPORT — New Testament Holiness Church will have a benefit program at 7:30 p.m. Friday.Guest speakers will be pastor Leathal Sanders of House of Bethesda in Little Rock and minister Grace McShane of New Testament Holiness Church in Wynne.Praise dancer will be CJ of Jonesboro. Ministry of music will include Anointed Ones, IMPACT and Brothers of Unity.The church is located at 1101 Malcolm Ave. in Newport, across the street from Sonic Drive In.For more information call Demitras Cephus at (870) 503-1437 or Emmé Robertson at (501) 201-0627.

Izard historical group to meet

January 3, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the courtroom of the Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne. The event is open to the public.The program, “And Justice for All,” compiled by the society’s Courthouse Research Committee, will consist of educational displays, memorabilia and presentations focusing on the many sites that have served Izard County as the official “seat of justice” and the elected officials who served.

Midland school gets grant

January 3, 2011 PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District recently received a $750 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program to support the school’s scholarship program.Exxon Express of Pleasant Plains worked with school officials to secure one of the 2,400 grants available to schools across the country served by ExxonMobil, which provided the funding, according to a news release.Exxon Express manager Amy Finley and owner Ronnie Smith presented Midland Superintendent Dean Stanley with the $750 check during a recent gathering.

Church services held

January 3, 2011 CINCINNATI (AP) — A preacher in an Arkansas town hit by a fatal tornado is encouraging residents to “reach out in compassion” and help take care of each other.Preacher Andy Newbill spoke during a service Sunday at the Cincinnati United Methodist Church, which has served as a shelter in the tiny northwest Arkansas community since a tornado packing winds of up to 140 mph hit on Friday morning, killing three people.Newbill tells the Northwest Arkansas Times that the church building’s pews were “completely full” of bags containing donations.

Congressmen get assignments

January 3, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three incoming Republican congressmen from Arkansas have learned what their committee assignments will be after the new Congress convenes later this month.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Steve Womack will be on the House Appropriations Committee, one of only three freshmen legislators to land on that panel. Womack says appropriations are “now about getting control of spending than bringing home the bacon.”

Dropped DL leads to arrest

January 3, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — A Corning woman dropped her driver’s license in the wrong place.It turns out she was in Walnut Ridge purchasing drugs legally at the same time that her car outside contained illegal drugs, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.A Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy who was in a Walnut Ridge pharmacy spotted the driver’s license on the floor Thursday, Dotson said.“The deputy picked up the license and asked the pharmacy about the person and was told the woman had just walked out,” he said.The deputy went to the vehicle the woman was occupying and spoke with her.

Work begins to solve bird mystery

January 3, 2011 BEEBE (AP) — Wildlife experts are trying to solve an apocalyptic-type mystery: Why did nearly 3,000 red-winged blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky on New Year’s Eve?The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says laboratories in Arkansas, Georgia and Wisconsin will examine some carcasses starting today. Results could be back in a week.

Disease likely cause of fish kill

January 3, 2011 OZARK (AP) — The state Game and Fish Commission says a fish kill along the Arkansas River near Ozark appears to have been caused by disease, but test results are pending.Several thousand drum fish washed up along a 20-mile stretch of the river, roughly between Ozark and Clarksville.Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens says the aquaculture school at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will conduct tests to determine the cause of the die off. The results will take about a month to come back.