CAVE CITY — Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, Joyce Keirn of Cave City got her 111-year-old, family heirloom 40-star U.S. flag back from Hang Ups in Moorefield, which put the flag in a display frame for her.
Keirn said the flag belonged to her great-great-grandfather Levi Bolin Wiseman, who lived from 1851 to 1927. Family history says Wiseman was a postmaster somewhere when South Dakota and North Dakota were admitted to the Union on the same day, Nov. 2, 1889, creating a need for a 40-star flag.
A change of venue has been granted with Judge John Dan Kemp ruling a capital murder case in Stone County will be heard in Independence county beginning June 15.
In addition to capital murder, Mark Clifford Blackford, 21, of Mountain View faces charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property in the death of Kagen Futrell.
According to the affidavit filed in the Stone County Clerk’s Office, by Special Agent Dennis Simers with the Arkansas State Police, Futrell was reported to the Stone County Sheriff’s Office as missing by a family member on or about March 27 in 2008.
BROCKWELL — Rachel Harmon, a 4-time all-state golfer for the Izard County Lady Cougars, was recently named to the Arkansas Junior Girls Tri-States Team, according to a news release from the school.
Harmon, who recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, earned her spot on the Tri-States team based on her scores in last summer’s Arkansas State Golf Association events.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne graduate Sam Cooper recently signed a national letter of intent to play golf for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys.
“Playing college golf is a dream,” Cooper said. “I have to improve my game even more in order to excel at that level.”
Cooper led the Bearkatz to the Class 2A state championship last fall and earned an invitation to the Overall Tournament, golf’s all-star tournament. He was a medalist in numerous matches throughout his high school career, including several district, regional and state honors. The state championship culminated his career.
NEWPORT — Cave City’s Bobby Hooker won the super pro division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway, according to information provided to the Guard.
Jeremy Odom ran second to Hooker.
Gary Spicer took the top spot in the street division with Steve Simpson chasing. Ron Davis beat Batesville’s Bill Smith down the line in the foot brake division.
Joey Bogard was quickest on a bike with Jason Russell in tow.
LOCUST GROVE — Saturday night’s feature results for the Isle of Capri Late Model Series at Batesville Motor Speedway have been announced.
As reported in Monday’s edition, T.J. Herndon was the winner. Here is the order in which the field crossed the finish line: Herndon, Bill Frye, Billy Moyer Jr., Eric Cooley, Roger Witt, Brandon Smith, Nick Black, Jason Wilkey, Bobby Derryberry, Marcus Andrews, Brian Ritchie, Jeff Floyd, Raymond Merrill, Jeff Taylor, Mark Norris, Bobby Dauderman, Steve Tarry, Joe Foreman, Tyler Stevens, Jared Landers
CAVE CITY — The first day of the Cavemen Basketball Camp is set for Tuesday and campers can register now, according to a news release from the school.
Campers can also register the first day of the camp beginning at 8 a.m. for elementary students at noon for junior high students.
The elementary camp is for girls and boys in grades 3-6 and it runs from 8:30 until noon, Tuesday through Friday. The junior high camp is for girls and boys in grades 7-9 and it runs from 12:30-4 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Aaron Westlake hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game and Sonny Gray threw seven shutout innings as Vanderbilt beat Arkansas 2-0 Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The decision in the nightcap of the tournament’s first round completed a sweep for the lower seeds.
It started when seventh-seeded Alabama whipped second-seeded Auburn 7-1, then No. 6 Ole Miss blanked No. 3 South Carolina 3-0, and No. 8 LSU downed top-seeded Florida 10-6.
PINEVILLE — Danny and Tammy Branscum, the 2010 Izard County Farm Family of the Year, strive to improve the quality of their farm by also employing “green” techniques for a better environment.
Goals they hope to attain include the building of more storage for hay and more cross-fences for rotational grazing. The Branscums, who received the Top Broiler Grower award in 2004, also want to increase their cattle herd size and build additional litter stacking sheds for litter storage.
PINEVILLE — Tammy Branscum used to think the difference between a bull and a cow were the horns.
After years of being a farmer’s wife, however, she’s learned that’s not always the case.
“I came from downtown Calico Rock,” Tammy said laughing, admitting she knew nothing about farming until marrying Danny who was raised on a farm. “I didn’t have a clue. But I learned quick, I didn’t have a choice.”
Married for 29 years on June 21, Tammy and Danny Branscum, who call 3.8 miles west of Pineville home, are Izard County’s 2010 Farm Family of the Year.
The following list of persons with active warrants is issued by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Wanted persons are listed by their name, age, city and number of warrants.
Warrants valid as of 5-26-2010:
Maria Josefa Munoz 27 Houston, Texas 2
Dwayne Murphy Cave City 1
Lisa Murphy Batesville 5
Lisa Salter Murphy 50 Batesville 1
ARLINGTON, Texas — Earl J. Richardson, 86, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in Arlington, Texas.
He was born April 21, 1924, in Van Buren. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was in the 357th Infantry Company K. He was in Normandy on D-Day. He was a former prisoner of war/missing in action, and he received the Purple Heart, the Oak Leaf Cluster and four Bronze Stars. He retired from Borden Milk Company. He was active in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. He spent his retirement years building homes and working in his garden and greenhouse.