Newark Assembly of God to sponsor music, testimonies

November 10, 2009 NEWARK — Newark Assembly of God will sponsor an evening of music and testimonies at 6 p.m. Sunday led by the students enrolled in the Teen Challenge program.The Teen Challenge Women’s Ministry unit in Russellville is a Home Mission project of the Assembly of God Fellowship and is for women 17 and older who are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. The free 13-month program is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and seeks to train the students to live by Biblical principles.

Child safety seat clinic set

November 10, 2009 NEWPORT — A child safety seat clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Village Mall parking lot in Newport, rain or shine.Child safety seat technicians from Arkansas State Police Troop B, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and surrounding agencies will be at this event to ensure that needs are met.There will be a limited supply of seats that agencies can loan to families in need for as long as the child needs that seat, but those attending must bring both the child and the primary vehicle to the event, or the seats will not be loaned.

Midland to honor vets

November 10, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — In honor of Veteran’s Day Midland gifted and talented students will present the play “U.S. Constitution Revivor: Philadelphia” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Elementary cafeteria. Tickets at the door will be $2 for adults and $1 students. Children age 4 and under, and any U.S. veteran or active military personnel will be admitted free.

Veteran’s Day ceremonies set

November 10, 2009 Ceremonies have been planned for Wednesday in two area towns in honor of Veterans Day.In Batesville, a commemorative service to honor American soldiers lost in action, were interned as prisoners of war, listed as missing in action, and those currently serving their country will be held on the White River Bridge at 10:30 a.m.At 11:11 a.m. there will be a wreath tossing ceremony for all who have served in the armed forces.

Optimists to meet

November 10, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. The club will honor Cedar Ridge High School students Chelsea Hendrix and Christy Lovell as the November Teens of the Month.

Candidate to address GOP club

November 10, 2009 Independence County Republican Women’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville for a Dutch-treat luncheon and program.Guest speaker will be Robert Griffin of Newark, who is a candidate for Independence County judge. He will speak about his goals for the county.The event is open to the public.A short business agenda for members of the club will follow the program.

2 women dead; murder-suicide suspected by police

November 10, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County authorities say the deaths of a woman and her mother in rural Mountain Home appear to be a murder-suicide.Sheriff John Montgomery says the bodies of 46-year-old Nancy Vanette Frank and 79-year-old Louise Gipson were found in Gipson’s home about 4 p.m. Monday by relatives checking on Gipson.Montgomery says it appears Frank shot and killed her mother then killed herself. He says a letter written by Frank indicated her mother was in poor health and didn’t want to be a burden on her family.

Mother, child escape injuries

November 10, 2009 A 22-year-old mother and her 1-year-old child escaped injuries when their 1993 Cadillac Deville ran off the road and crashed into a tree on Ramsey Mountain Wednesday afternoon.Arkansas State Police Trooper Russell Brinsfield said Latisha Wilkey was traveling north (up Ramsey Mountain) on Highway 167 around 2:20 p.m. when she crossed the center line of the four-lane road, went straight across two oncoming lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck a tree.

Son arrested in dad’s death

November 10, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — White County authorities say a McRae man has been arrested for murder in the death of his father.Prosecuting Attorney Chris Raff says he plans to file a first-degree murder charge today against 43-year-old Christopher Clark. Clark was arrested Sunday after 75-year-old Billy Joe Clark was found dead in his home in Beebe about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.Raff says authorities are waiting for an autopsy to determine Billy Joe Clark’s cause of death.Christopher Clark was being held without bail Monday. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.

Civil War group to meet

November 10, 2009 The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.Drew Hodges will present a program entitled “General Bushrod Johnson, C.S.A.”Hodges teaches history at Arkansas State University-Beebe, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and National Park Community College at Hot Springs. Still active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans in his home state of Oklahoma, he is also a frequent speaker for the Central Arkansas Civil War Round Table, where he attends all meetings.