MELBOURNE — Joey D. Shell, 50, of Melbourne died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Mountain Home.
Born March 10, 1959, in Batesville, he was the son of James Euin “Jim” Shell and Peggy Lou Hunt Shell. He was united in marriage to Tanya Banks in December 1985. He was a lifelong resident of Izard County, where he went to school, worked and raised his family. He was employed at Columbia Flooring in Melbourne and was of the Baptist faith.
Terry King, 54, of Batesville died Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home.
Born Oct. 5, 1954, in Memphis, he was the son of Joseph and Lillian Fuller King. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He married Elizabeth “Libby” South on March 20, 1981. He worked for Entergy as an operator and enjoyed working around the house, his computer and TV judge programs. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Batesville.
ASH FLAT — Sharp County will be getting a bucket truck.
The quorum court voted unanimously, with one member absent, Monday to accept a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $20,000 to help pay for the truck. That money is to come from federal stimulus funds.
The grant will pay up to 30 percent of the cost of the truck. If the truck costs less than $60,000, the amount of the grant will be reduced accordingly.
The percentage differs from the 20 percent that had previously been announced, but County Judge Larry Brown said 30 percent is the correct figure.
Jason and Christina Huskey and Jason Jr. of Newark have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on July 13, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and has been named Allyson Grace Huskey.
Grandparents of the child are W.O. and Leah Ann Watson of Saffell, Randy and Kathy Huskey of Batesville and Perry and Debbie McChesney of Newark.
Great-grandparents are Des and Colleen Nesbitt of Mountain View, Ona Lou Huskey of Saffell and Bob and Ruth Meucci of Olive Branch, Miss.
Brian and Jennifer Phillips of Desha have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on July 10, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 10.7 ounces and has been named Riley Gray Phillips.
Grandparents of the child are the Rev. and Mrs. Rusty Russell, Marie Phillips and Karry Phillips.
Great-grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Roger Russell, Mr. and Mrs. William Coles, Lena Fern Phillips, Max Phillips and Glenn Gunnoe.
Randy and Jenniffer Sanders of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on July 8, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds and has been named AnnaLee Maree Sanders.
Grandparents of the child are Michael Eaton, Randy and Polly Sanders and the late Vicki Hudson.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Tsigereda G. Egziabher and Dr. Browder Swetnam were united in marriage June 2 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The groom is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Walter Swetnam of Batesville.
He is an educator and is on the administration and faculty of Sultan Qaboos University in Al-Khod, Oman.
The bride is a civil engineer and will join her husband in Oman shortly.
Brad Mount to perform
MOUNT PLEASANT — Brad Mount, country gospel artist from Monterey, La., will be in concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church.
Mount performs a blend of traditional and country gospel.
The Country Gospel Music Guild awarded his Walking by Faith Ministries the 2004 Ministry on the Move Award.
Admission is free. Donations will go to support the Walking by Faith Ministry.
Kevin and Tracey Edgin of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Tiffany Delynna Faye Edgin, to Byron Nathanael Hancock, son of Chris and Lesa Hancock of Russellville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of William and Dorothy Crump of Blytheville.
She graduated as salutatorian from Batesville High School in 2008. She attended the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and plans to pursue a nursing degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.
Part history, part horticulture. That’s the allure of thousands of garden cemeteries across America that were designed to serve the spiritual needs of the living as well as keep alive memories of the dead.
Mixing monuments with attractive landscapes, they may include ponds, walkways, woodlands and wildlife. Family plots encircled by ironwork rest snugly against paupers’ graves. Old brick walls are covered by colorful vines and climbing roses.
Optimists to talk about auction
The Batesville Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse.
Chris Black and Clay Mitchell will give a report on the International Convention held in Orlando and plans will be finalized for the radio/TV auction to be held July 30.
All members and anyone interested in learning more about the club are encouraged to attend.
For more information about Optimists, visit the Web site at www.optimist.org.