Woman to mark 95th birthday

January 19, 2010 Mildred Elms of Batesville will celebrate her 95th birthday with a reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall.The reception will be hosted by her children, Mac Elms of Pine Bluff, Doris House and Flora Carey, both of Batesville, and Granville Elms of Nederland, Texas; and her grandchildren.She requests no gifts, but cards would be welcome.

Cookie sales begin

January 19, 2010 Thousands of Girl Scouts in the state have begun taking Girl Scout cookie orders. The Girl Scout cookie program, an American tradition for nearly 90 years, kicked off on Jan. 9 and will continue through mid March, with booth sales beginning Feb. 19.This year customers can choose from eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies, including a new selection, Thank U Berry Munch. The traditional favorites are Do-Si-Dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Samoas, Dulce de Leche, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Trefoils. All the cookies contain zero grams of trans fat.

Latin choir to perform tonight

January 19, 2010 The Lyon College Convocations Committee will present “An Evening of Traditional Latin Liturgical Music” by the Cherokee Village Latin Mass Community Choir at 7:30 tonight in the Brown Chapel narthex.This free lecture-performance will include various ancient liturgical music pieces that have been carefully preserved, not just for the ecclesiastical community, but as part of our spiritual, musical and cultural heritage.

Democrats to discuss fees

January 19, 2010 The Democratic Central Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Citizens Bank Annex in Batesville. The agenda includes discussion of filing fees and representation for unrepresented areas in Independence County.

Ozarka approved for evening, weekend LPN program

January 19, 2010 Melbourne — On Jan. 14, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing approved Ozarka College’s proposal for an evening and weekend licensed practical nursing program. This 11-month program will take place at Ozarka College’s main campus in Melbourne and is set to begin in August.

Near head-on crash ends in arrest

January 19, 2010 As he took to the ditch to avoid a head-on collision Thursday afternoon, an Independence County deputy said he saw the other driver run off the opposite side of the road while huffing on a can of compressed air.Deputy Shawn Stephens said around 4:15 p.m. he was driving on Sanders Road, just north of Main Street in Sulphur Rock, when he met a car traveling in his lane of traffic.“As the vehicle came by me it ran off on the shoulder of the road on the other side and I saw the driver of the car with a can of air duster stuck in his mouth, huffing on it as he was driving.”

Jim Kemp ‘never met a stranger’

January 19, 2010 DESHA — With his wide smile and outgoing personality, Jim Kemp made friends easily.“He never met a stranger,” his son Mike said. “To me, that’s one of the things I respected and admired the most about him. He could strike up a conversation with a complete stranger...”“...and come back with his life history,” Jim’s wife Robbie finished the sentence.Jim, 74, former advertising manager at the Batesville Daily Guard, died Monday at a local hospital after a short illness. His formal name was James A. Kemp.

Music topic of meeting

January 19, 2010  ASH FLAT — Linda Collins-Smith and Bill Carroll will “Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67,” a program about the music history from Jackson County to Clay County, at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Community Room of the First National Banking Co. in Ash Flat, said Ina Gill, an officer of the Sharp County Historical Society.

Characters tell stories

January 19, 2010 It was probably a bumpy road, but the couple inside the one-horse buggy wouldn’t hold that against the tiny town of Batesville. Surrounded by a river and bayou, with a thriving commerce, the good doctor and his wife were considering a move to the second oldest town in Arkansas.It was 1904, the carriage was polished, and Dr. Stevenson and his wife were dressed in their finest traveling clothes.And as for all the visitors they met, well, they got to hear all about the Stevensons, the driver and his trusty steed, Jeremiah. ———