Two hundred years ago, a series of major earthquakes struck the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Recent events remind us that damaging earthquakes can happen at any time. With more than 40 million people living and working in the region today, a major earthquake would cause widespread damage and disruption.
What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With earthquakes an inevitable part of our future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes, a news release states.
CONCORD — V.O. Tharp, 71, of Concord died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at his home.
Born Dec. 8, 1940, at Pangburn, he was the son of Walter and Mary Ellen Reaper Tharp. He was a retired pipeliner, served on the Concord City Council for 18 years and was a farmer and a businessman. He was of the Baptist faith.
WILLIFORD — Emma Lea Sawyer, 81, of Williford died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at her home.
Born Feb. 3, 1930, in Moody, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee Powell and Meda Marshall.
Survivors include a son, Teddy Sawyer of Ozark Acres; four daughters, Pam Sawyer of Williford and Joan Wilkerson, Regina Ross and Karen Pickett, all of Ravenden; a brother, T.J. “Sonny” Powell of Ash Flat; a sister, Glenda Ervin of Cherokee Village; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
WALNUT RIDGE — Williams Baptist College has released the names of students on the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the 2011 fall semester. The President’s List includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while the Dean’s List is comprised of those with at least a 3.5 GPA.
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University has announced those students who have made the Dean’s List and honor roll for the fall 2011 semester, according to a news release.
To be named to the list, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester. To make the honor roll, a student must have received at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.
Area students include:
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 3, 1992.
96 YEARS AGO
Nelson Fitch of Wycough Township was given a jury trial in Justice Saylor’s court Wednesday on a charge of carrying a pistol. He was found guilty and fined $50 and costs. He was also placed under $250 bond to keep the peace.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Batesville Pioneers missed 15 free throws here Friday night and it cost them a high school basketball victory against one of the 5A-East District’s big guys, said Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow.
The Blytheville Chickasaws, on the other hand, made 15 of 19 free throws while pulling out a 53-51 district victory.
“Missed free throws sunk us last night,” Morrow said Saturday. “We had the right game plan, executed it and did a lot of things right, but we fell short with missed free throws.”
LYNN — Cave City swept Cedar Ridge and the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles Junior High Tournament championships here Saturday.
The Junior Cavemen edged the Junior Timberwolves 29-25.
“Jacob Patterson hit a shot in the lane with 25 seconds to go to give us our first lead,” Cave City Coach Jimmy Hodges said. “Laramie Hall finished it up by hitting three of four free throws.”
Patterson and Hall also shared the scoring lead for the winners with nine points apiece. Colby Robinson added eight points.
The Junior Cavemen improved to 7-4.
In the end, the Lyon College Scots proved to be just a little tougher.
That, and an 82-77 victory over the Martin Methodist RedHawks, are what the Lyon women’s basketball team took away from Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
“In the first half, Martin came out so strong against us,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “To get down and then come back like that, we showed a lot of toughness.”
The RedHawks led 22-10 near the midway point of the first half.
SWIFTON — Four years later, and with some new-found offensive punch, the Southside Lady Southerners collected their second George Kell Classic title.
The Lady Southerners defeated the Corning Lady Bobcats 52-38 in the title game of the annual high school basketball tournament here Saturday night.
The night before, they downed the Weiner Lady Cardinals 50-41 with the same 1-2 combination — an early offensive surge and the tough half-court defense for which the Lady Southerners are long known.