Margree Coulter, 85, of Batesville died Monday, July 20, 2009, in a Batesville nursing home.
Born Aug. 4, 1923, in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of Albert and Nettie Williams Jones. She was a seamstress and a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Calaway of Batesville; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Homer Calaway and Dee Coulter; two sons, John Calaway and Homer Calaway Jr.; four brothers; and a sister.
Jerry Wayman Archer, 59, died Monday, July 20, 2009, in Batesville.
Born April 14, 1950, in Leachville, he was the son of James Manual and Christine Smith Archer. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and was in the National Guard for many years. He was a member of West Baptist Church.
Daniel Dwayne Holder, 50, of Batesville died Thursday, July 16, 2009 at his home.
Born Nov. 13, 1958, in Batesville, he was the son of Daniel Maxwell Holder and Virginia Ellen Lyle Holder.
Survivors include his mother of Des Arc; two sons, Dustin Holder of Concord and David Holder of Pleasant Plains; two daughters, Kelly Holder of Sulphur Rock and Shelly Holder of Cave City; two brothers, Donnie Holder and Charlie Holder, both of Des Arc; a sister, Susie Holder of Des Arc; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; and a sister, Cathy Holder.
HEBER SPRINGS — The World Championship Cardboard Boat Races begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs.
Youth and adult divisions will vie for the “Pride of the Fleet” award or the notorious “Titanic Award.” There will also be a tug of war contest, kids treasure dig, sand sculpting contest, watermelon eating contest and a Cardboard Boat Demolition Derby.
For more information, visit www.heber-springs.com or call (501) 362-2444.
JONESBORO — The Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center will host a free “Arkansas’ Dragons and Damsels” workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up and will focus on dragonflies and damselflies, including habits, where they live and how to tell the difference between a blue dasher, a widow skimmer and a pondhawk. The group will spend some time outside watching them and do some netting to see them in hand.
Fred and Betty Arnold of Batesville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Betty Lou Mooney of Glencoe and Fred Arnold of Myron were married July 9, 1959, in Fulton County.
After spending several years in Wichita, Kan., the couple moved to Batesville in 1964. Mr. Arnold is retired from the grocery business and works for Radio Station 106.1 FM in sales. Mrs. Arnold is retired from the Batesville School District.
SOUTHSIDE — Paulette and Bud Taylor and Carlos McGhee announce the marriage of their daughter, Julie Michelle McGhee, to Zachary Hunter Garrett, son of Brad and Shelley Garrett.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Elvis and Pauline Dugger and Frances Farmer.
She is a 2009 graduate of Southside High School and plans to attend the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in the fall.
CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met recently at the home of Ann Mobley, with four members and one visitor present.
The meeting started with some funny poems of everyday life, followed by the program, “Seeing the world through your grandchildren’s eyes.” Refreshments included crackers and Southwestern cheese dip made from goat cheese.
Who doesn’t occasionally dream of being something they’re not?
Ditto wanted to be a dog, or so he thought. He actually was a big, young tomcat living in a house with much older Queens (capital Q, thank you very much). Like all female cats, the Queens considered themselves royalty, far superior to mere toms. Young males, like Ditto, were barely allowed into their Royal Courts, and then only as jesters, since they sometimes proved to be amusing.
During a quick trip home to Batesville over the weekend, finding it necessary to make the 300 mile drive from Westside to over near Newark, where the entire city has apparently decided to relocate, me ‘n Mama took our customary vehicular stroll down Main Street on the way back — just to get a look.
Imagine our surprise when we saw the gutted remains of the Landers Theater, and a sign there proclaiming it to be the location of a new church.