Man dies in Cleburne Co. crash

December 22, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — A Casa man died Monday as the result of a one-vehicle accident on state Highway 124 in Cleburne County west of Quitman, State Trooper Sean Riegle said.James Andrew Rushin, 54, was driving a 2004 Dodge west on 124 negotiating a left-hand curve about 3:41 p.m. when the vehicle left the right-hand side of the roadway and overturned, Riegle said.A passenger, 37-year-old Michael R. Barnard of Swifton, was injured and taken to Conway Regional Medical Center.

Neurologist joins local staff

December 22, 2009 Dr. Ikram Khan, neurologist, has joined the staff at White River Medical Center and Batesville Neurology. Khan received his medical degree from the Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan and completed internal medicine residency training at Southern Illinois University. He completed neurology residency training at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida and a fellowship in neurophysiology/epilepsy at the University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Teenager injured after falling from bluff

December 22, 2009 MOUNTAIN HOME — A Norfork area teenager was injured Monday afternoon after he fell from a bluff near Riverview Drive and Baxter County Road 106 near the White River at Norfork, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.“A 911 call was relayed to the sheriff’s office at 1:35 p.m. reporting that a person had fallen approximately 20 feet down a bluff and was injured. The teenager was located and rescue personnel were able to reach him and bring him to a waiting ambulance. The victim was identified as 13-year-old Sam Carriere of Norfork.”

Church sets special service

December 22, 2009 Central Avenue United Methodist Church will celebrate Christmas Eve with a service of lessons and carols and Holy Communion at 6 p.m. Thursday. The church is located at 1205 N. Central Ave. in Batesville.The service is open to the public.

L.A.M.B. scholarship arrives at Christmas

December 22, 2009 CAVE CITY — It didn’t happen in a manger, but right here at Christmas when the coming of the Lamb of God is celebrated, the Cave City School District received a large gift — a $50,000 L.A.M.B. scholarship fund — from the estate of former student Laura Ann Miller Belcher.The scholarship’s unique name is taken from Belcher’s initials.“We’ve never had anybody set aside that much money for a scholarship,” Superintendent Steven Green said.

Woman escapes live wires

December 22, 2009 With live wires throwing sparks and burning the paint on the rear of her car, a Batesville woman fled to safety following an accident involving two power poles and a truckload of building trusses Monday morning.Police said that around 11, Jamie Lee Younger, 18, of Batesville, was sitting in a Ford Crown Victoria beside the building at TmarT #9 (formerly Godwin’s) at the intersection of White Drive and East Main Street when a truck and trailer loaded with large building trusses pulled into the parking lot.

Board listens

December 22, 2009 MELBOURNE — For more than an hour members of the Ozarka College board listened as former president Doug Rush, his attorney and others speaking on his behalf were given an opportunity “to clear his name.”The meeting came 4 1/2 years after the board fired Rush for “dishonesty, insubordination, failure to comply with state laws, and willful disregard of board policy after being warned that this would not be tolerated.”The Thursday hearing was because the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled he is entitled to an open session to clear his name.

News of Other Days

December 21, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 6, 1997.73 YEARS AGO

Family: Brittany Murphy was ill days before death

December 21, 2009 By Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment WriterLOS ANGELES — Brittany Murphy’s family told Los Angeles officials the actress was ill with flu-like symptoms in the days before her death at age 32.The 32-year-old star of films such as “Just Married,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Clueless” and “8 Mile” collapsed Sunday morning in the bathroom at her Hollywood Hills home.

Essay contest announced

December 21, 2009 The Batesville Optimist Club will once again be sponsoring its annual Essay Contest, open to all area youth under the age of 19 as of Dec. 31. This years’s topic is “The Internet; Today’s Evolution or Tomorrow’s Menace.” Batesville Physical Therapy will offer cash prizes in the contest. First prize at the club level will receive $100; second place $50; and third place $25.