FRANKLIN — Syble Morine Harmon Billingsley, 77, of Franklin died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, in Batesville.
Born April 19, 1932, she was the daughter of Ed Trent Harmon and Gracie Cooper Harmon. She was united in marriage to Bennie Billingsley. She was a homemaker, and she and her husband owned and operated a store and gas station in Franklin for many years. She was a member of Franklin Church of Christ.
SALADO — Earnest “Dutch” Branscum, 81, of Salado died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, in a Little Rock hospital.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Salado Baptist Church with David Wesley and Charles Crowson officiating. Burial will be in Egner Cemetery near Salado under the direction of Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Alex Branscum, Andy Branscum, Mike Branscum, Leo Branscum, Donnie Emerson and Roger Emerson.
Honorary pallbearers are his nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight.
LONOKE — Ellawease Smith, 93, of Lonoke, formerly of Sulphur Rock, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009.
Born April 12, 1916, in Indepen-dence County, she was the daughter of Robert D. and Elizabeth Hensley Bolin. She was a school cafeteria worker and was a member of Sulphur Rock Baptist Church.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a Diabetes Workshop series in Mountain View.
All three sessions will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Stone County Extension Service Conference Room, located at 205 Martin St., Mountain View. The first session will be Aug. 29 and will cover carbohydrate counting. Rosemary Rodibaugh, Extension nutrition specialist, will have low-carb cooking demonstrations and recipes.
STRAWBERRY — Milligan Campground Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have its homecoming Sept. 6.
A potluck will be served at 12:30 p.m. There will be singing in the afternoon.
Those attending should bring lawn chairs.
To reach the church, take Highway 230 between Strawberry and Cave City and turn on Milligan Campground Road. For more information call Geraldine Poskey at (870) 528-3292.
CAVE CITY — Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 120th anniversary at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The morning message will be brought by former pastor William C. “Chuck” Roach, a state missionary at Heber Springs. The afternoon message will be brought by the current pastor, Royce Ford.
There will be a history of the church given, a time for sharing and special music.
A potluck will be served at noon.
Anyone who has memories of the church to share may send them to P.O. Box 152, Cave City, AR 72521 or call Ford at (870) 793-5767.
LINDEN, Pa. — Stacie Rapper and Scott Stine were united in marriage July 19 in an outdoor ceremony at the home of the bride’s parents in Linden, Pa.
The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Debra Rapper of Linden. She is the granddaughter of Frank and Alice Stein.
The groom is the son of Larry and Shay Lee of Mount Pleasant and Greg and Barbara Stine of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of the late Jack and Vennie Edwards and the late Bill and the late Noreen Stine.
The couple resides in Bonner Springs, Kan., where the groom is employed by Western Fireproofing.
Glen Hawkins and Danielle Berman of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at Harris Hospital in Newport on Aug. 6, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14.6 ounces and has been named Cheyanne Mae Hawkins.
Grandparents of the child are Donnie and Tobi McBride, Martin Berman and Frank and Virginia Mae Hawkins.
Great-grandparents are Marie Brucher and the late Kenneth Melton, both of Batesville, Mel and Cindy Berman of California, Jackie Melton Roader of Colorado, Lenord and Lola Hawkins of Sandtown and Walter and Orie Coaker.
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit Washington, D.C. in August, you understand the custom of the federal government releasing all its high-profile delinquents back into their home communities and calling it recess. D.C. was built on a swamp, and walking around our capital right now is like slogging through a sauna while wearing a lard-lined jogging suit made out of yak hair. But politicians seeking to escape the searing Beltway heat for some relative cool back home found themselves entering a bipartisan blast furnace of half truths and misguided indignation.
Our first acquaintance was through an e-mail about seven years ago.
I was in high school. He, a pilot, author and retired reporter/columnist with the Memphis Press-Scimitar.
I found Bill Burk through Elvis Presley. As a reporter for a Memphis paper in the 1950s Burk had plenty of stories about the king of rock ’n’ roll, some professional others personal, as he and Elvis became friends because of his career in journalism.
With classes set to begin on Wednesday, the Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria.
Included on the agenda are presentations about the census and the Alert Now Program. Health Awareness awards will be presented to Eagle Mountain Magnet, while new employees for the 2009-10 year will be introduced to the board.
Meetings are open to the public.