• ‘Extreme Makeover’ searching for families

    HOLLYWOOD — Do you know a family whose home deserves an Extreme Makeover? If so, the producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” want to hear from you.
    “We are looking for the deserving people and inspiring families that America can relate to,” casting director Ashton Ramsey said, explaining that producers are looking for families whose homes desperately need to be rebuilt.

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  • Sex offender arrested: posed as meter reader

    HOPE (AP) — Authorities in Hope say they’ve arrested a convicted sex offender for posing as a meter reader.
    Hempstead County deputies and Hope police say a police dog found 24-year-old Lee Harris hiding in a mobile home about seven miles south of Hope. Chief Deputy James Singleton says a resident called police after the man didn’t have proper identification.
    Authorities say Harris intended to steal a meter so he could turn his electricity on.

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  • Speeder allegedly owns up to drinking beers

    Stopped for speeding on the White River Bridge early Friday morning, a Batesville man is now facing alcohol-related charges after he allegedly admitted to having “several” beers.
    Deputy Wayne Green with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was on patrol and crossing White River Bridge around 2:20 a.m. when he saw a speeding pickup truck going south on Highway 167. A check by radar showed its speed at 74 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone, according to Green.

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  • Victim is punched in face for asking what man wanted

    A Batesville man said he was attacked outside his home on lower Main Street around 8 a.m. Wednesday when he went to investigate another man he saw on his property.
    Daniel Butcher told police that he noticed Cody Wayne Smith, 30, of 1310 College Ave., walking around his yard just before 8 and when he went outside to ask Smith what he wanted, Smith then punched him in the face.

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  • Five people are charged in weekend traffic stops

     Five people were arrested over the weekend for various traffic violations, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Shortly after noon Friday, Carlos D. Fabela, 26, of Batesville, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and no driver’s license following an accident at Town Plaza Shopping Center.
    Police say the accident victim, Bonnie L. Frazier, was able to get the number of the car that hit her and Fabela was later arrested at his home.
    In other reported incidents:

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  • Arkansas novelist dies at 73

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Novelist Donald Harington, whose works set in fictional Stay More, Ark., probed the thin — or nonexistent — line between the ordinary and the surreal, has died at the age of 73.
    Harington died Saturday in Fayetteville after several months of health problems.
    His Newton County community of Stay More was populated with characters whose excesses were routine to fellow inhabitants of an Ozarks countryside recalled from Harington’s boyhood summers in rural Madison County.

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  • Clyde Wright

    NEWARK — Clyde Albert Wright, 97, of Newark died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.
    Born Aug. 31, 1912, at Flowerfield Township, Mich., he was the son of John and Erma Ayers Wright. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bombardier in the Pacific War Zone during World War II. He worked at Weyerhaeuser Box Company in Three Rivers, Mich., for 28 years. He married Alice Marie Weinberg Byers on Feb. 8, 1957. He was youth leader at Nazarene Church in Three Rivers.

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  • Stephen Headley

    CAVE CITY — Stephen E. Headley, 74, of Cave City died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at his home.
    The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God Church in Cave City with Allen Brown and Bobby Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.
    Pallbearers will be Rodney Barnett, Jonathan Headley, Brian Barnett, Daniel Headley, Austin Guerber, Thomas Guerber, Sean Leddy and Brandon Hernandez.
    Honorary pallbearers are James Headley, Jim Goforth, Latraina Peacock and Gary Taylor.

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  • Couple to celebrate 60th anniversary

    JONESBORO — Bill and Hattie Cremeens of Jonesboro will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, 1601 James St., Entrance #13.
    Bill Cremeens and Hattie Stout were married Nov. 13, 1949 in Pocahontas by Cecil Wilson.
    They have four children: Guy Cremeens and Don Cremeens of Jonesboro, Gary Cremeens of Paragould and the late Steve Cremeens, formerly of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    The event will be hosted by the couple’s children and grandchildren.

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  • Veteran loan originator joins First Community

    Julie Main, a 28-year veteran in the mortgage industry, has joined First Community Bank’s mortgage origination team, according to a news release.
    Main has enjoyed a lengthy and distinguished career in the mortgage and credit industry, and has served in both the management and loan origination capacity, the release states. She is a graduate of Samford University, where she received her degree in business.

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  • Bradford Alexander O’Kelley

    Brad O’Kelley and Kathryn Flores of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 4, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14.9 ounces and has been named Bradford Alexander O’Kelley.
    Grandparents of the child are Jack Lovell, Melissa Lovell, Martha O’Kelley and Dirk Bradford Meekins.

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  • Chaysten Blayke May

    Shayla May of Batesville has announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Nov. 3, 2009. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 6.3 ounces and has been named Chaysten Blayke May.
    Grandmother of the child is Marsha King.
    Great-grandparents are Linda Boutwell, Roger Boutwell and Janice Hinchman.

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