The 114th annual Arkansas Division Convention, United Daughters of the Confederacy, was held Sept. 24-26 at La Crosse Hotel in Texarkana. It was hosted by District IV (Southwest Arkansas).
Representing Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, Batesville, were: Jean Crouch, past registrar general; Dora Kate Lee, past division president; Mary Miller, chapter president; and Kathy Whittenton, chapter second vice president. Lee served the convention as Parliamentarian.
Forget health care and Afghanistan, the big news question is: Who’s going to replace Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America”?
Yes, there are bigger life-and-death issues out there in the world, but the person we share our morning coffee with matters, or at least it does to some of us. The person who delivers your news becomes part of your life. Or rather, they become part of your life in that weird TV I-feel-like-I-know-you-and-we’re-pals-even-though-we’ve-never-really-met sort of way.
It was a long walk for a 4-year-old.
It happened in 1966. My older sister Krissy, eager to get me out of her hair, gave me a coin she’d made from a piece of cardboard.
“You can buy candy with it,” she said.
Candy was a rarity in our home, but I knew where to buy some.
I slipped out the back door and made my way through the woods and onto Diane Drive. It was another 200 yards to the “little store,” the mom-and-pop shop at the bottom of the hill.
Police say the death of a Charlotte man early Tuesday morning is being treated as a suicide.
Batesville Police Dispatch received a 911 call from Harold R. Delassus at 715 Old Camp Road around 5:22 a.m. reporting a death at his home.
Independence County Deputy Dustin Robbins said when he arrived at the residence a Charlotte first responder told him that David Carl Taylor, 54, was lying in the kitchen floor where his body had been found.
POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas will host the first ever Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival Friday and Saturday, featuring live performances by seven rock bands and featured performers.
This year’s festival is held in honor of rock ’n’ roll pioneer and Pocahontas native Billy Lee Riley, who died in August.
The festival is the northern counterpart to last Saturday’s Grand Opening and Dedication of Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 in Newport, held in conjunction with that community’s Depot Days festival. Riley was also honored with a tribute during Depot Days.
EVENING SHADE — Born in Germany, Annemarie Wolfe Avey is all American.
Celebrating her 50th year in the United States, she can’t help but smile when remembering what brought her to this country.
Sitting on a floral couch inside her 19th-century home at Evening Shade, the 69-year-old admits it was love at first sight the day she met George Wolfe, a U.S. serviceman from Arkansas.
“I was in love, actually,” Avey said, smiling, “and from then on everything went crazy.”
A city water line break has apparently caused a Batesville family to be without hot water for several days, and now city officials hope to cut through some of the red tape to correct similar incidents.
Tuesday night, Jonathan Freiert came before the city council to discuss a water heater that had been damaged recently. City officials said there was a 18-inch main water line out of commission, with about five houses without water.
“It took all night long to fix the line,” said Red Davis, superintendent of construction and maintenance for the city utilities department.
Batesville’s city attorney has been named in a federal lawsuit along with a number of local lawyers, and now the city has to look elsewhere for a defense team.
Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council agreed to retain the Arkansas Municipal League to defend Scott Stalker in a lawsuit filed by Eddie “Scott” Morse of Strawberry in the U.S. District Court. The suit was filed Aug. 31.
Following its regular business meeting Tuesday night, the Batesville City Council adjourned for a budget meeting, covering a number of topics.
City Clerk Denise Johnston said the 2009 budget, as of Aug. 31, was “$178,000 to the good,” not reflecting costs to the new Westside fire station. The fire department one-eighth cent sales tax went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 and will phase out Dec. 31, 2011.
The Norman Dozier Memorial Golf Tournament, an annual fund-raiser for Batesville and area high school golf programs, has been called off due to lack of participation, announced Scott Wood.
The 2-person scramble event was scheduled for this weekend at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
“We will consider trying to have the tournament again this spring, but Liberty Bank and Scott Wood Chevrolet will still contribute money to the school golf teams next fall,” Wood said.
PERRYVILLE — The Cave City Cavewomen swept the Perryville Lady Mustangs in a conference volleyball match here Monday night.
The game scores were 25-16, 25-20 and 25-12.
Rachel Roebuck collected 27 points and nine aces while Blaire Weaver added 11 points, 10 of which came via ace.
Katie Freeman tallied 13 points and seven aces, Elisha Ramos was credited with 32 digs and Whitney Bell chipped in 10 points.
Cave City’s jayvee squad won 17-25, 25-15, 25-11.
Nemo Vista is scheduled to visit Cave City (5-6, 5-2) today for a conference match.