‘Extreme Makeover’ searching for families

November 10, 2009 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.

Sex offender arrested: posed as meter reader

November 10, 2009 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.

Speeder allegedly owns up to drinking beers

November 10, 2009 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.

Victim is punched in face for asking what man wanted

November 10, 2009 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.

Five people are charged in weekend traffic stops

November 10, 2009  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:

Arkansas novelist dies at 73

November 10, 2009 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.

Veteran loan originator joins First Community

November 10, 2009 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.

John 3:16 selling turkeys, hams

November 10, 2009 CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is again selling smoked turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving. The cost for a 12-15 pound turkey or ham is $39.95 each.Pickup will be Nov. 25, as the men from John 3:16 will be set up from noon to 7 p.m. in the Batesville Walmart parking lot. Larger orders (such as from a business or industry) can be delivered sooner. To place an order, call Dane Bawcom at (870) 307-4667 or the John 3:16 office at (870) 799-2525.

Guard collecting food, other items

November 10, 2009 It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard.As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte and Luke 4:18 Lives, located on Swaim Hill Road near Southside. During the months of October and November, those who bring in five or more nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies or paper supplies will receive $5 off a three-month or more subscription of the Guard. The offer is valid for both new and renewal subscriptions. This special offer ends Nov. 30.

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.