Prosecutor says he’ll seek death after mom, grandmother killed

August 26, 2010 BENTONVILLE — The Benton County prosecutor says he’ll seek the death penalty for two men accused of killing the mother and grandmother of one of the defendants.Prosecutor Van Stone said Monday that, because of the severity of the crimes, he will ask a jury to sentence Nicholas Johansen and Michael Winters to be executed.

Harrisburg council takes keys of mayor charged with DWI

August 26, 2010 HARRISBURG — The City Council has revoked Mayor Donald “Buzzy” Faulkner’s city-vehicle driving privileges after he was arrested last week on a drunken-driving charge as he drove a city-owned car.Council members voted 6-0 at a special meeting Monday night to take the city vehicles’ keys from Faulkner.The meeting was called after Faulkner was charged early Friday by the Poinsett County sheriff’s office with DWI, careless driving and driving without a seat belt.

Inmate escapes on trip to testify in court

August 26, 2010 MALVERN (AP) — Authorities say a manhunt is under way in Hot Spring County for a state inmate who escaped while being escorted by county sheriff’s deputies for a court appearance in Malvern.Officials said Wednesday they think 36-year-old Rodney Adkins may be in the Perla area, just east of Malvern.Authorities said Adkins was imprisoned at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit, where he was picked up Wednesday morning by deputies for the trip to Malvern. They said he was last seen about 3 p.m.

Restaurants scramble after massive egg recall

August 26, 2010 CHICAGO (AP) — Eggs sunny-side-up are still on the menu. But restaurants nationwide are keeping a closer eye on egg suppliers and reminding diners of the dangers of undercooked food after a massive recall tied to a salmonella outbreak.

One in 10 homeowners face foreclosure

August 26, 2010 WASHINGTON (AP) — One in 10 American households with a mortgage was at risk of foreclosure this summer as the government’s efforts to help have had little impact stemming the housing crisis.About 9.9 percent of homeowners had missed at least one mortgage payment as of June 30, the Mortgage Bankers Association said today.That number, which is adjusted for seasonal factors, was down slightly from a record-high of more than 10 percent as of April 30.

Mortgage rates hit low

August 26, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Mortgage rates fell to the lowest level in decades for the ninth time in 10 weeks, as concerns grow that the economy is weakening.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said today that the average rate for a 30-year fixed loan was 4.36 percent this week, down from 4.42 percent last week. That’s the lowest since Freddie Mac began tracking rates in 1971.The average rate on 15-year fixed loan dropped to 3.86 percent from 3.90 percent the previous week. That’s the lowest on records starting in 1991.

Church offers games, lunch at back-to-school event

August 26, 2010 Jubilee Family Church will host a “Back-to-School Bash” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Admission is free and open to all school-age children, said Butch Kelley.Activities will include games for all ages as well as “Wet-N-Wild Games” (children should be prepared to get wet).Prizes will be awarded and a free lunch will be served.The church is located at 45 Thunderbird Lane, about two miles east of Walmart on Harrison Street. For more information, call (870) 793-9124.

First Assembly families to go play laser tag

August 26, 2010 Family Connections of Batesville First Assembly will host a family day on Sunday for single parents and their children and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.The church van will be leaving from the church after second service at approximately 12:35 p.m. to go to the Lazercade at Searcy to play laser tag. The cost is $5 per person to play, but if someone doesn’t have enough money, they can ask for scholarship funds to be applied, which are available on a limited basis.

Praise Day planned

August 26, 2010 Ramsey Heights Baptist Church, located on Heber Springs Road, will host Praise Day 2010 at 10 a.m. Sunday.Speakers will be Aaron Maxwell and Jerry Jolley.There will be music and refreshments.

Movie to be screened

August 26, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 9 p.m. Friday.Inspired by a true story, “Letters to God” will be projected onto the church’s 25-foot outdoor screen. Viewers may tune in 88.1FM for the audio. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown inside.