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. ———

News of Other Days

January 18, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 3, 1997.73 YEARS AGOWartime emergency measures were taken today to care for about 15,000 persons driven from their homes into freezing weather by floods in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. White River at Batesville was at a stage of 21.5 feet this afternoon and still rising. It was announced in Little Rock that highway traffic was at a standstill.

Decision could come soon on trials for 2 men of WM3

January 18, 2010 JONESBORO (AP) — Two men convicted in the 1993 slayings of 8-year-olds Christopher Byers, Steven Branch and Michael Moore could know by next week if a circuit judge will grant them new trials.Circuit Judge David Burnett said Friday was the day for attorneys for convicted murderers Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. to have all briefs filed with his court as they argue for new trials for both men.

Off-duty cop nabs intoxicated driver

January 18, 2010 A Sulphur Rock woman was arrested for drunk driving Wednesday after allegedly running an off-duty cop off the highway.Off-duty sheriff’s deputy Shawn Stephens said he was leaving Sulphur Rock on Highway 69 around 7 p.m. when a woman in maroon a Chrysler ran him off the road and then stopped in the middle of traffic.Stephens said he turned around and followed the car into Sulphur Rock on west Broadway, while calling for an on-duty officer to respond to the incident.

Shriners to discuss parades

January 18, 2010 The White River Shrine Club will meet Tuesday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville. The Dutch treat meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting follows at 6:30.The group will discuss its upcoming parade schedule for 2010.The meal and meeting are open to members and their guests, and potential members.

Creech awarded CDA

January 18, 2010 Connie Creech of Batesville has been awarded a child development associate credential in recognition of her outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., a news release states.“Parents who use early education and care are especially concerned today about their children’s welfare. With this in mind, as part of the CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional.” 

Two appointed to CHILDREN Advisory Council

January 18, 2010 Todd Schroeder and Chris Boyett were recently appointed by Cleburne County Judge Claude Dill to the Advisory Council for CHILDREN of Northcentral Arkansas for a three-year term.CHILDREN, which stands for Childcare Hub for Information, Learning, Development, Resource, Education and Networking, is a regional child care resource and referral service that helps parents locate child care in Fulton, Cleburne, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties, as well as providing training opportunities and other support services to child care facilities. 

Firm opens LR branch

January 18, 2010 Hughes, Welch & Milligan certified public accountants, with offices in Batesville and Salem, announce the opening of an office in Little Rock, which will be managed by Jeff D. Welch.Jeff is a certified public accountant and attorney with 10 years of tax and auditing experience with national and regional public accounting firms.The Little Rock office is located in the Financial Park Place building on Financial Centre Parkway. Hughes, Welch & Milligan is a regional firm with 10 CPAs serving clients throughout Arkansas as well as several surrounding states.

Judsonia man dies in crash

January 18, 2010 State police say a Judsonia man died in a single vehicle crash around 3:30 Sunday morning.Arkansas State Police Trooper Cpl. Ray Ervin said Van Allen Hodge, 46, was northbound on Highway 385, about a mile north of Judsonia, when his 1994 Camaro left the rain-slickened roadway and hit a tree.Ervin said Hodge, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his car. His body was taken to Powell Funeral Home.­­—from submitted reports