Within Independence County, another huge debt obligation is being sought. Fueled by Batesville city proponents of expanded recreation and convention facilities, another $26 million will be owed by Independence County residents. Yes, the increased sales tax will be paid for by 10,000 residents of Batesville and 25,000 residents of the outlying county. (The latter were not offered a vote on the project.)
Below are questions regarding the special election/tax increase:
1) Why does the city not go to the Quorum Court and request the election include county residents? Could it be that the city knows that if county residents were included in the election, it would absolutely fail?
2) Why can’t this election be added to the May primary ballot to save the cost of a special election? What will be the cost of this special election and what was the cost of the previous special election?
Who would have guessed we’d have a national conversation about urinating on corpses? And worse yet to have people with a media megaphone attempting to defend it. The video of four marines desecrating the remains of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan surfaced on YouTube last week.
The first thing worth noting is this treatment of war dead is absolutely against the Geneva Convention. The second thing is we threw out the Geneva Convention when we invaded Afghanistan.
Which leads me to the following conclusion: It’s time to end this war. It’s time to leave.
CAVE CITY — Harvey Daniel Bunn, 83, of Cave City died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Batesville.
Born Dec. 9, 1929, in Decatur, Ala., he was the son of Claude and Irene Hitt Bunn. He was a 16-year Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean and Vietnam eras. He was an auditor at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Survivors include his wife, Laveda Bunn; a son, David Wayne Bryant of Harrisburg; two daughters, Nola Brock of Cave City and Diane Bunn of North Carolina; a brother, Vernon Bunn; two sisters, Loretta Bunn and Margie Bunn; and four grandchildren.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Joanne Marcella Anderson, 69, of Cherokee Village died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Oct. 8, 1942, at Harvard, Ill., she was the daughter of Walter and Lorraine Eggert Menge. She was a nurse and a member of Ash Flat United Methodist Church.
MELBOURNE — Keith Michael “Cajun” Lawrence, 49, of Melbourne died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at his home.
Born Dec. 30, 1962, at Homestead, Fla., he was the son of Bobby Joe Lawrence and Carolyn Poche. He was a 1981 graduate of Melbourne High School. He was employed by the Arkansas State Highway Department on the road striping crew, the Izard County Road Department and the City of Melbourne.
Survivors include his father of Melbourne; his mother of Lutcher, La.; an uncle, Gery Lawrence of Melbourne; and two aunts, Gaye Cooper of Mountain Home and Imodean Roberts of Melbourne.
Incorrect information was supplied to the Guard concerning the obituary of Wilma M. Krem, which ran in Tuesday’s edition.
She was the daughter of Sylvia Connor.
Pallbearers were Steven Shrum, Rick Shrum, Michael Shrum, Dylan Shrum, Trevor Shrum and Derek Shrum.
SULPHUR ROCK — Michael Durwood Devall, 62, of Sulphur Rock died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Batesville.
Born April 22, 1949, in Denham Springs, La., he was the son of Vernon and Josephine Mixon Devall. He was a member of Antioch Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Blake Devall of Sulphur Rock; a sister, Darlene Devall Leblanc of Baton Rouge, La.; and two brothers, John Niehaus of Baton Rouge and Bobby Joe Devall of Columbia, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Rosemary Niehaus Ensminger and Mattie Joyce Niehaus Holland.
LIBERTY HILL — Wilburn Ray “Fat” Murphy, 76, of Liberty Hill died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, in Little Rock.
Born March 5, 1935, at Hardy, he was the son of Ray and Thelma Schales Murphy. He was a fuel and oil distributor. He was a member of Highland Lions Club, Spring River Chamber of Commerce, Ash Flat United Methodist Church and White River Housing and Development for Aging.
CAVE CITY — Karson-Lee Neal Norris, infant son of Coty Lee Lovins and Katie Vinzant of Cave City, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in a Batesville hospital.
He was born Nov. 9, 2011, at Batesville.
Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Billy and Tonie Norris and Lynn Trichel, all of Cave City, and Lee and Lana Lovins of Evening Shade; a brother, Cayden Stiles of Cave City; a sister, Jailyn Norris of Cave City; and many uncles and aunts.
ARKADELPHIA — A total of 271 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the President’s List for the fall 2011 semester.
To be named to the President’s List, a student must compile a 4.0 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.
Area students named to the list include:
Batesville — Mary Castleman, Audrey Melson, Katherine Melson, Whitley Poole; Cherokee Village — Rachel Carr, Sarah Carr; Mountain Home — Emily Morgan; Searcy — Elizabeth White.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Kiwanis Club will meet at noon Thursday in the Cave City Community Room in the city hall building to hear speaker Scott Diksen discuss the Polartec Challenge, said Dettye Broughton, secretary.
The public is invited.
The Polartec Challenge is an international award program encouraging the spirit and practice of outdoor adventure.