LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia is finally here, and the game is no easier to predict than it was six months ago.
There’s no understating its importance. Win, and the Razorbacks will have a victory over a Top 25 team and instant proof that the Hogs have indeed improved quite a bit since last year. Lose, and Arkansas will have to deal with disappointment immediately before a trip to Alabama.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 30, 1996.
73 YEARS AGO
Expenses of the county for the first six months of 1936 were $16,247.34, according to a report made by County Judge Oscar T. Jones and County Clerk Edgar Baker. The largest single item was $2,989.20, the cost of circuit court and JP courts. The light bill for six months was $469.93, and the telephone bill was $173.09. The county judge’s salary for six months was $1,249.98.
First Southern Bank has announced the upcoming opening of its full-service branch in Searcy, which is planned for Sept. 21.
“We have been working for months to put together the best possible team of bankers to lead our White County operation,” Woody Castleberry, president and CEO of First Southern Bank, said. “I can’t overstate how happy we are to assemble this group of outstanding bankers who have been providing dedicated service to the White County area for many years.”
Jim Haynes will serve as executive vice president of the Searcy branch.
Stolen motorcycles, a cache of guns and a quantity of drugs were reportedly found at the home of an Independence County man recently during a parole/probation home check, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.
“On Sept. 9, Parole Officer Becky Clark was doing a home visit on parolee Jimmy Doug Simpson and asked if we (sheriff’s office) would assist her,” Leonard said.
Clark had reportedly gotten word that Simpson, 43, might have several stolen guns at his residence, as well as a drug lab, according to Leonard.
Lesa Lee Lancaster Bull, 50, of Melbourne died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Little Rock.
Born July 5, 1959, in Mountain Home, she was the daughter of Elmer and Alice Dockins Lancaster. She was united in marriage to Eugene Bull on Dec. 28, 1990, in Newburg. She was employed in the housekeeping department of Ozarka College in Melbourne and cleaned at Delta Hill Apartments and Pioneer Nursing and Rehab. For many years she provided child care in her home. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
BRADFORD — Margaret Jean Duncan, 71, of Bradford died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Searcy.
Born Nov. 22, 1937, at Lepanto, she was the daughter of Ernest and Pearl Blevins Clem. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing. She was a member of Bradford Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Tommy Duncan of Searcy; a daughter, Andrea Fortner of Bradford; two brothers, Leroy Clem of Batesville and Carl Clem of Bradford; four grandchildren, Shelby Duncan, Emma Duncan, Elise Stevens and Abbigail Fortner; and a cousin, Annie Jean Peterson.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Rosalind Faye Royer Leonard, 84, of Pleasant Plains died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Dec. 23, 1924, in Pleasant Plains, she was the daughter of James Gilbert Royer and Sylvia Cozort Royer. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and traveling all over the world with her husband when he was in the U.S. Air Force. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pleasant Plains and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
PARAGOULD — Curtis W. Moffitt Sr., 68, of Paragould died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.
Born Feb. 24, 1941, at Bono, he was the son of George Moffitt and Mildred Smith Clayton. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He married Geneva Bice on April 27, 1962. He was a machinist and enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting ducks. He was a member of Nettleton Baptist Church at Jonesboro.
THIDA — Evelyn Smith, 87, of Thida died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.
Survivors include a son, Gregg Smith of Thida; two daughters, Cheryl O’Brien of Pocahontas and Candice Victory of Batesville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Smith; her parents, Jessie and Ruby Hampton Davidson; a brother, John Henry Davidson; and a sister, Mary Davidson Harris.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel in Newport. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
BRADFORD — Sybil Louise Kennedy Story, 65, of Bradford died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at her home.
Born Nov. 10, 1943, in Balch, she was the daughter of the late William Allen and Marie Shelly Kennedy. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, James Story and Clyde Story, both of Bradford; three daughters, Louise Heffner of Denmark, Jody Bray of Bradford and Nancy Bridges of Cabot; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two grandchildren.
Kresge Gallery on the Lyon College campus is hosting an exhibition by Kathleen Farrell from now until Oct. 6 with gallery reception and artist talk slated from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5.
Farrell was born in Rochester, N.Y., to Irish Catholic parents. After high school, she attended college at Monroe Community College, Arizona State, Brockport State, University of Buffalo, New York University and Visual Studies Workshop.
The quarterly meetings of the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District board, Chief Elected Officials and the White River Planning and Development District board have been scheduled for Sept. 22 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, located at 2005 White Drive in Batesville.
The Solid Waste Management District Board meeting will be at 10 a.m. The WRPDD board meeting will be at 10:30 and the Chief Elected Officials meeting will immediately follow.
For more information call WRPDD at (870) 793-5233.