McHENRY, Ill. — Everett L. Sisk, 80, of McHenry, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnes Cemetery in Batesville with full military honors.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville.
Memorials may be made to Joyful Harvest Lutheran Church, 5050 North Johnsburg Road, McHenry, IL 60051-7977; Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 410 South Hager Ave., Barrington, IL 60010; or The Salvation Army National Headquarters, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.
CAVE CITY — William Rex Gaither, 81, of Cave City died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Jan. 20, 1930, at Sidney, he was the son of Virgil and Mae Phillips Gaither. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was retired from Firestone in Noblesville, Tenn., and enjoyed watching NASCAR and sports. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cave City.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth “Beth” Gaither; a brother, Boyce Gaither of Yelm, Wash.; a nephew, Jimmy Gaither of Texas; and a niece, Debbie Gaither Anderson of Washington.
JONESBORO (AP) — Two men accused in the October beating death of a Jonesboro man now face upgraded charges.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that the men are charged with second-degree murder, a more serious charge than the manslaughter counts they originally faced.
William Horton, 47, died Oct. 21, five days after he was found in front of the residence of 23-year-old Tyrone Lamont Hall.
Hall and 22-year-old Doreus Lamar “Rat” McKinney both face second-degree murder charges.
FORREST CITY (AP) — The Sanyo Manufacturing Corp. factory in Forrest City is moving more of its operations to other cities.
Plant vice president Joe Keeton would not say Thursday how many jobs will be lost among the 75 workers who remain at the plant.
The factory had more than 650 employees just five years ago when the plant was still making cathode ray televisions. Flat screen TVs have made the older style televisions obsolete.
Metal doors, a microwave, metal fencing and copper wire were the targeted items taken during a burglary of the Locust Grove Baptist Church. It is believed the theft occurred overnight Wednesday.
Deputy Shawn Stephens said he met with Bill Reynolds at the church on Loop Road around 4:30 p.m. and was shown where the doors had been removed at the front of the church fellowship hall and the back of an older church building next door.
Joyce Howard, 61, of Batesville went to a local hospital to be checked for possible injuries following a two-vehicle crash near her home Thursday afternoon.
Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page said Howard was going east on Highway 69 in her Toyota Avalon when she slowed down to make a right turn onto Harris Lane, where she lives, and was hit from behind.
Page said Howard was struck by a Chevrolet pickup driven by Jimmy Talley, 41, of Newark.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Ron and Phyllis McCance of Pleasant Plains have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Erin McCance, to Nathan Rogers, son of Garold and Jackie Rogers of Bee Branch.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Juanita Harris and the late Arthur Harris of Pleasant Plains, the late Travis McCance of Cushman and the late Barbara McCance of Berryville.
She is a 2005 graduate of Midland High School in Pleasant Plains and a 2011 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a master of science in speech-language pathology.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet for their winter quarterly session at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Izard County Senior Citizens Center, located on Highway 9 south of Brockwell.
The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Marla F. Crider, a 21-year veteran of the Arkansas tourism industry, has assumed the position of assistant tourism director for the state, according to a news release.
Crider follows Nancy Clark, who retired at the end of November after 35 years of service to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Her job responsibilities include maintaining the state tourism budget, organizing the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, serving as the director of the Arkansas Great River Road and overseeing the department’s advertising and internet accounts.
CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock City Council voted to approve a contract for services with the Calico Rock Museum Foundation at a special called meeting Tuesday. The contract had previously been approved by the foundation board of trustees, pending the council’s action.
The foundation will begin operating the visitor center Tuesday. The contract is expected to save the city up to $5,000 per year, according to a news release.
ASH FLAT — The Rough Riders 4-H group visited two local nursing homes on Dec. 20, giving residents animal crackers, Christmas cards and ornaments, said Nancy Orr, adult leader.
The homes were Eagle Crest Rehabilitation Center and Ash Flat Nursing Home.
“The animal crackers were donated by the Dupay family of Ash Flat and the cards were from the Sharp County 4-H Office and the Ruff Riders 4-H,” Orr said.
Fort Meade, Md. — Air Force Airman Ethan M. Westburg graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Westburg is the son of Sonia Westburg of Jonesboro and a 2010 graduate of Cave City High School.