Blakley presented award at WBC
Walnut Ridge — Chris Blakley of Jonesboro has been presented the 2009 H.L. Waters Christian Ministries Award at Williams Baptist College. Blakley was selected for the award by the Christian ministries faculty at WBC based on his academic achievement in the field.
The honor was presented at WBC’s Academic Awards Banquet on April 9.
Blakley is a senior at WBC, majoring in Christian ministries. He is married to Rashan Blakley. He is the son of Larry Blakley of Batesville and Diane Meador of Clarksville, Ind.
When Chad Crabtree of Thida heard what he thought was a four-wheeler starting around 3 a.m. April 13, he didn’t get up and investigate but went back to sleep.
Police are now trying to find his 2004 Polaris Sportsman valued at $5,000.
Crabtree told Deputy Colby Markum that when he awoke he found the all-terrain vehicle missing.
The machine is camouflage in color and has a front wench, according to Crabtree.
No suspects were listed in Markum’s report.
The city of Batesville has a new traffic officer, but so far there haven’t been too many complaints from citizens.
The Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee, made up of representatives of the city of Batesville and Independence County, met in regular session Thursday at Batesville City Hall.
The main topic of the meeting was the city’s new traffic enforcement officer, Darin Brewer.
An early Saturday morning report of a car driving on a flat tire through yards in Spring Valley led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Batesville man on multiple traffic charges, according to Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens.
When he arrived in Spring Valley around 3:20 a.m. to check out the report, Stephens said he could see a maroon Toyota car going south on Mallory Street with the right front tire flat and running on the rim.
The driver of the car was later identified as Josh Landis of 115 Hilly Village.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Anthony Dale Ross, 32, of Pleasant Plains died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his home.
Born Oct. 5, 1976, in Harrison, he was the son of Roger Dale Ross and Linda Jackson Ross. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an employee of the Independence County Water Department.
Florence Holmes Powell, 87, of Batesville died Saturday, April 18, 2009, in Batesville.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Revs. Limuel Parks and James D. Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Butch Ketz, Mike Cushman, Danny Yeager, Marcus Bowers, Sgt. Major Tommy Wilson, Kenny Gerhardt, Randall Ford Torrey and Rocky Willmuth.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Thelma Pierce, 92, of Batesville died Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Born Nov. 2, 1916, in Desha, she was the daughter of William Henry Simmons and Mattie Octavia Moore Simmons.
She was a retired cook at Desha School. She was a member of Desha United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization, and was a member of the Eastern Star Ruth Chapter No. 91 in Batesville.
GLENCOE — Leta Glodean Perkey, 70, of Glencoe died Sunday, April 19, 2009, in a Salem hospital.
Born Oct. 12, 1938, in Byron, she was the daughter of Orgel and Theola Huggins Henry. She was united in marriage to Billy D. Perkey on Dec. 11, 1968, in Glencoe. She was a line type operator and operations manager at the Salem Headlight for many years. She was a member of the Church of God.
STRAWBERRY — Murr Durham, 93, of Strawberry died Friday, April 17, 2009.
Born July 8, 1915, at Strawberry, he was the son of Charles “Charlie” and Sophronia Little Durham. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Massey on Nov. 27, 1938. He was a farmer and a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Strawberry.
EVENING SHADE — Russell Haley Carter, 66, of Evening Shade died Thursday, April 16, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Nov. 29, 1942, at Evening Shade, he was the son of Clyde and Flava Haley Carter. He was a farmer and a weather observer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 30 years.
LITTLE ROCK — Cedar Ridge and Mountain View high schools are among 13 in Arkansas that received the 2009 Arkansas Department of Education EAST Grant, according to a news release.
EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology.
The other receipients are Stem Middle School, Greenwood High School, Jacksonville Middle School, MacArthur Junior High School (Jonesboro), Magazine (JD Leftwhich High School), Nettleton Junior High, Paragould Junior High, Prairie Grove High School, Trumann High School, Waldron High School and West Fork Middle School.