LeDell Strickland Sr., 55, of Batesville died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011.
Born Oct. 31, 1956, in Helena, he was the son of Cornelius Strickland Sr. and Sarah Weaver Strickland.
Survivors include his parents of Helena; his wife, Telisa Strickland; five daughters, Sharon Washington of Helena, Maria Strickland of Batesville, Charelette Strickland of St. Cloud, Minn., Marshell Thomas of Little Rock and Sharee Strickland of Joliet, Ill.; two sisters, Betty Strickland of Houston and Datra Spann of Batesville; a brother, James Strickland of Helena; and 16 grandchildren.
MELBOURNE — Johnny Lee “J.L.” Bryant, 81, of Melbourne died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at his home.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. today at Melbourne Church of Christ with Danny Brightwell and Finis Brewer officiating. Burial was in Oxford Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Jerron Hall, Carroll Owens Jr., Adrain McWherter, Myron McWherter, Ted Ray Carter and Scott Bryant.
Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Legacy Hospice, 106 Locust, Salem, AR 72576.
Here’s a thief who ought to be prepared. An automatic external defibrillator (AED), used by emergency personnel in cases of heart attacks, was among several items taken during a burglary of the Cord Fire Department.
Fire department member Don Anderson told Deputy Shawn Stephens the department was burglarized sometime between 7 p.m. Christmas night and 3:25 p.m. Tuesday by prying open the back door to the building.
SEARCY (AP) — About nine years ago, avid outdoorsman Daniel Ross of Romance wanted to save himself a little money when it came time to preserving his latest hunting or fishing prize.
So he decided to take up taxidermy.
He taught himself the trade by watching videos about the procedures involved.
“It was just going to be a hobby,” Ross said. “I thought I’d probably help out a few friends and that would be about it.”
Once Ross opened the doors to Xtreme Taxidermy in Romance, he knew it wouldn’t be the same.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 15, 1992.
95 YEARS AGO
The most productive wheat fields of Kansas haven’t got a thing on those of the Big Bottom and Oil Trough sections, according to county demonstrator J.E. McKell, who spent Friday in those places. Mr. McKell stood in his buggy at one point and viewed the spectacle of eight binders working at one time. The wheat crops in Big Bottom and Oil Trough are the largest ever grown in those sections, and the farmers are going to do well to save all their grain.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas workers endured layoffs across a number of industries in 2011 but the state economy also had its bright spots late in the year, with an improving employment picture and the opening of what may be the state’s most important attraction.
The unemployment picture improved in October and November when the state rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.0 percent heading into December.
Arkansas had 10,000 more people working in November than in November 2010, with an additional 6,700 people in the civilian labor force.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moments after Louisville’s comeback bid fell short in a 31-24 loss to North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl, Coach Charlie Strong was anxiously looking forward to next season instead of dwelling on the defeat.
Who can blame him?
The Cardinals finished 7-6 this season despite starting 10 freshmen, including promising young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. So their future seems promising following a season in which they finished tied for first place in the Big East and qualified for a bowl.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The LSU-Shreveport bass fishing team, headed by veteran Joe Landry, will test SEC teams from LSU and Arkansas in February during the 2012 College Classic as part of the Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport and Bossier City.
Six-person teams from each school will fish on Cross Lake on Feb. 26 and will weigh their catch at the CenturyLink Center prior to the final weigh-in of the Classic. LSU is the defending college champion, defeating a team from Alabama last year during the New Orleans Classic.
Independence County government offices will be closed starting at noon Friday and all day Monday for the New Year’s holiday, according to a news release. Monday’s county trash and recycling truck routes will run as normal.
The city of Batesville will be closed Friday and Monday. Friday’s trash schedule will still be picked up, but those on the route should have their trash out before 7 a.m. because officials hope to have all trash picked up by noon that day. (The city does not run a garbage route on Mondays.)
The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the first quarterly membership luncheon of 2012, set from noon-1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, at First Community Bank in the George Rider Community Room.
Guest speaker will be Geania Dickey, representative of the Governor’s Work/Life Balance Award, who will discuss time management. The discussion will include planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, with focus on increasing efficiency or productivity.
The meeting is open to the public.
SULPHUR ROCK — During a Dec. 19 regular Sulphur Rock City Council meeting, the aldermen approved a lease agreement between the city and Conger Wildcat Inc. for use of a Dumpster by the local business, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite.
The council also approved a request by Randall Davis for permission to open a gun-related business, including the selling of guns.