CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Allen Wilson Walker, 85, of Cherokee Village died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Salem.
Born Sept. 11, 1926, in Virden, Ill., he was the son of James and Florence McKinney Walker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in the Pacific Fleet during World War II. He was an equipment specialist for the Department of Defense for 40 years. He was a member of Faith Southern Baptist Church in Wirth.
EVENING SHADE — Robert D. Cook, 70, of Evening Shade died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at his home.
Born Sept. 28, 1940, at Marshall, Ill., he was the son of Lawrence Eldridge and Madge Edna Newport Cook. He enjoyed restoring and looking at antique tractors and cars.
Survivors include a son, Robert A. Cook of Evening Shade; a daughter, Penny Cook of Evening Shade; two brothers, Steve Cook and Bill Cook, both of Marshall; a granddaughter, Twila Cook of Virginia; and several nephews and nieces.
Many people would like to start their own business but don’t know where to begin.
The Independence County Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, a six-week course beginning Oct. 13, is hoping to show people how at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and cover everything from starting a business to writing business plans and loan proposals, financing options, marketing, basic accounting and personal management, budgeting and finalizing business plans.
LONDON (AP) — Television writer David Croft, who helped create much-loved British sitcoms such as “Dad’s Army” and “Are You Being Served?,” died Tuesday. He was 89.
Croft’s agent, Tim Hancock, said the writer died at his holiday home in Portugal. Croft’s family said in a statement that he “died peacefully in his sleep,” but did not give a cause.
The son of actors, Croft served with the Royal Artillery during World War II before starting a showbiz career, eventually moving into TV as a producer, director and writer.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District held its annual report to the public on Sept. 15.
Superintendent Dean Stanley noted that enrollment was up 21 students from 516 to 537 from the first day of classes last year.
District administrators gave reports dealing with federal programs, gifted/talented programs, academic achievement and district finances.
High school counselor Deborah Rettig gave an overview about the Smart Core Curriculum and scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board heard reports from administrators, directors and staff during its annual report to the public Sept. 20.
Among those included a board report from president Ernie Pectol, an early childhood education report from Lori Goings, grant report by Susi Epperson and reports from principals and Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb.
During its regular meeting, the board:
• Accepted two transfer requests for three students from the Batesville School District
Walking the streets of west Batesville after midnight, and allegedly trying to avoid contact with police by hiding in a laundromat restroom, got 41-year-old Billy Joe “BoBo” Conley arrested for possessing drug pipes and loitering.
According to a report by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Billy Croom said he was patrolling on Central Avenue around 1 a.m. when he saw Conley walking near the Westside Laundry.
A man believed to be responsible for mistreating horses on his Weaver Lane property has told authorities that the horses belong to his brother who was kidnapped in Mexico a few months ago, according to Independence County Deputy Wayne Green.
Green said Marinda Husky, owner of Watson Creek Feed, called the sheriff’s office concerned about a number of malnourished and sick horses on the property of Edgar Gamerog.
Husky said she called Gamerog and told him that if he didn’t want to take care of the horses that she would take them and try to nurse them back to health.
SOUTHSIDE — More than half a million families in Arkansas are hungry, and Independence County is no exception.
That’s evident as more and more clients are flocking to the Southside Food Pantry, and now the local organization has received the Acting Out Against Hunger award from the Arkansas Foodbank.
A project of the Southside 4-H Club, the food pantry opened in June, just before school let out so families in the district would be aware of the local resource.
CUSHMAN — Shane Davis of the U.S. Postal Service told a crowd of about 80 at Cushman Tuesday night that no decision has been made about closing the post office there and that their comments will be taken into account before a decision is made.
And he got plenty of comments.
But during his presentation, Davis asked members of the crowd to look around.
“You don’t see any young people here,” he said. “It’s that way everywhere we go.”