Appeals court overturns drunk-driving ruling

December 2, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Court of Appeals says that weaving within a lane of traffic isn’t enough reason for an officer to pull someone over on suspicion of drunken driving.The court made the ruling Wednesday in an appeal filed by a Carroll County man who was convicted of driving while intoxicated. Heath Corey Ford pleaded guilty to the charge but reserved the right to appeal, arguing that a deputy did not have probable cause to pull him over on U.S. 62 in 2009.

WRMC hosts Joint Resort reunion

December 2, 2010 On Nov. 12, White River Medical Center was a “happening joint” — for past joint replacement patients, that is. The WRMC Joint Resort hosted a reunion for patients who have received joint replacements in the past year. This is the fourth year the Joint Resort has hosted the event. Around 30 people attended.“We started this so we can celebrate the progress that the patient has experienced since their procedure,” said Lisa Crumley, orthopaedic physician liaison at WRMC. “The participants also like to thank their doctors and see the progress of other patients.”

Cedar Ridge approves bid for new building

December 2, 2010 NEWARK — It’s a go. The Cedar Ridge School Board in November accepted a low bid of $1,275,000 from Murdock Construction Company of Marianna for the construction of a new junior high building.The bid was finalized earlier this week with architects, and while a date for construction has yet to be determined, “we’re looking forward to having a great relationship with Murdock,” Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb said this morning. Voters approved funding for the building in September 2009 through the refinancing of bonds.

Jump in sales pushes stocks

December 2, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks extended a rally Wednesday on signs that consumers are spending more this holiday season.Major retailers reported stronger sales for November in the latest encouraging signal on the economy. Stocks added to their gains in mid-morning trading after the National Association of Realtors said the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes jumped 10.4 percent in October.

Popular taxidermy shop relocates to Batesville

December 2, 2010 The timing of Gwaltney Taxidermy opening a shop in Batesville couldn’t be better for local hunters who bag a trophy deer, a rare breed of duck, outsmart a big ole tom turkey, or land a lunker fish from a local lake or stream.With a legacy of 21 years of quality craftsmanship in Hardy by Mickey Gwaltney, who started the business while working for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, current owner Michael Winey (a long-time friend and protege of Gwaltney) said he is dedicated to the same quality craftsmanship for his customers.

Holiday shoppers turned out to spend in November

December 2, 2010 NEW YORK (AP) — Generous discounts lured American to stores for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and robust sales gains for retailers. That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls over the crucial Thanksgiving weekend, for a strong holiday shopping season.

Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist gets new pastor

December 2, 2010 CAVE CITY — Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church has a new pastor, Terry Johnson.Johnson and his wife, the former Sue Ring, recently moved to Cave City from Greenbrier in Faulkner County.Johnson has pastored several churches in Arkansas. For the past three years he has been engaged in an evangelistic ministry.He is a graduate of Central Baptist College and holds a doctor of divinity degree from Heritage Baptist University.Mrs. Johnson is a graduate of Cave City High School and has a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

The Weekend Events

December 2, 2010 Friday• Christmas bake sale, 8 a.m.-noon, Hope Lutheran Church, 2415 E. Main St., Batesville. Homemade jellies and various baked goods; door prizes.• Caring Hands Hospice second annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, 10 a.m., First Community Bank, 3 Eagle Mountain Blvd., Batesville. Holiday music and refreshments follow.• Ozark Folk Center Craft Village free admission, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mountain View. Continues each weekend through Dec. 18.

Searcy theater to present ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

December 2, 2010 SEARCY — Center on the Square, 111 W. Arch St., continues its 12th holiday season during the month of December with a theatrical staging of “Miracle on 34th Street” by Severin, Snyder and Vreeke.Dinner performances are scheduled for Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. Pizza Playhouse is today. The doors open at 6:15 each night, with the dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 and curtain one hour later. A Dec. 19 performance will be a matinee with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and curtain one hour later.

Church to present ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

December 2, 2010 Believers’ Community Church will present a stage performance of Frank Capra’s 1946 timeless movie drama, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”A cast of 34 will bring alive the beloved characters — George Bailey, Clarence Odbody, Mary Hatch, the Bailey children, Henry F. Potter, and many more — in a two-act play. Performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9-11 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Believers’ Community Church.