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.

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.