A 13-year-old baseball team that includes four players from Guard circulation area schools recently finished third in a national tournament.
The local players are Kenton Crawford (Batesville), Nate Easley (Cedar Ridge), John Battles (Cave City) and Myles Hooper (Southside).
The Arkansas Renegades posted a record of 8-2 in the AAA United States Sports Specialty Association World Series in Liberty, Mo., bringing their season record to 35-17. They played teams from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.
So far, Jennifer Welch is on course to add another Arkansas Women’s Golf Association title to her list of accomplishments.
After two rounds of qualifying play, the Little Rock native and Arkansas State golfer leads the way in the AWGA’s Stroke Play Championship at The Course at Eagle Mountain. Welch shot a 146 in two days of qualifying, firing a tournament-low round of 70 on Tuesday.
Welch won the AWGA Match Play championship and she also leads the Player of the Year points standings.
After touring in more than 30 states during the past few years, rock group Kingsdown — formed in Batesville in 2002 — is returning for an album release party.
The group is celebrating the release of its self-titled, first full-length album with the party and concert at The Depot at 129 Lawrence St. at 8 p.m. Friday.
The group consists of Dwain Roark Jr. on vocals, Johnn Rocket and James Watts on guitars, Aaron Elms on bass and Blain Roark n drums.
They claim their “unofficial sixth member” is “an insane amount of energy,” according to information provided to the Guard.
SULPHUR ROCK — Vester Alan Owen, 62, of Sulphur Rock died Tuesday, July 27, 2010.
Born Dec. 18, 1947, in Flatwoods, Mich., he was the son of James L. Owen and Bessy Adelene King. He was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Sulphur Rock.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Flora Mae Tillery Owen; two daughters, Kay Treadway of Batesville and Katrina Gunberg of Ypsilanti, Mich.; three brothers, Carlos Owen of Plymouth, Mass., Rick Owen of Batesville and Randell Owen of Louisiana; and seven grandchildren.
THAYER, Mo. — Billy Joe Adams, 59, of Thayer, Mo., formerly of Leachville, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at his home.
Born May 16, 1951, at Askew, Miss., he was the son of Calvin and Martha Conaway Adams.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Lee Adams of Lake City and Calvin Adams of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Angela Goodman of Ash Flat and Jodei Crump of Jonesboro; two brothers, Ricky Adams and Gerry Adams, both of Bangor, Mich.; three sisters, Shelia Crossno and Virginia Adams, both of Kentucky, and Maryland Adams of Indiana; and 16 grandchildren.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Erin Michel McClain Barnett, 31, of Cherokee Village died Saturday, July 24, 2010, at her home.
Born Nov. 8, 1978, in Peoria, Ill., she was the daughter of Douglas McClain and Kathe Foste McClain Hunsicker. She graduated from Illinois Valley Central High School in Chillicothe, Ill., in 1996. For the past five years she resided in Little Rock and Cherokee Village. She was united in marriage to Timothy Barnett on Dec. 22, 2006, in Little Rock. She enjoyed telling and writing stories, traveling, cooking, watching soap operas, music and helping others.
CAVE CITY — Royal Fletcher Lawrence, 63, of Cave City died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in a Batesville hospital.
Born July 3, 1947, at Alicia, he was the son of Marvin and Johnnie Haigwood Lawrence.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Lawrence; a son, Jared Lawrence of Batesville; a daughter, Dawn Schulz of Little Rock; two brothers; a sister; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
TAYLOR, Mich. — Emma Barnett, 88, of Taylor, Mich., formerly of Batesville, died Friday, July 23, 2010, in Taylor.
Born Oct. 24, 1921, in Batesville, she was the daughter of William F. and Elizabeth Halsey Goodwin.
Survivors include two daughters, Sarah Hill and Lynda Farrell; three grandchildren, Rebecca Basley, Laurie Hutchinson and Anié Farrell; a sister, Nina Sprick; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Taylor Chapel, located at 9800 South Telegraph Road in Taylor.
Gary and Karen McGruther, Arica, Gary II, Trevor, Josef and Abbigale of Horseshoe Bend have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on July 20, 2010. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and has been named Nathaniel Cody McGruther.
Grandparents of the child are Noma Brown and Deloice Brown Sr.
Great-grandparents are Guadalupe Howard and Gary Richard Howard.
Joshua Salter and Haley Matthews of Batesville have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on July 14, 2010. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 3.5 ounces and has been named Bently Chase Salter.
Grandparents of the child are Mark and Cindy Matthews, Michael Salter and Janet Tosh.
Great-grandparents are Betty Reeves, Bill and Louise Matthews, Floyd and Helen Salter and Bill and Nancy Estes.
Jeffie and Amber Davis of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter at St. Bernard’s Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro on July 9, 2010. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and has been named Cambry Faith Davis.
Grandparents of the child are Chuck and Paula Osborne of Cord and Gerald and Janet Davis of Southside.
Great-grandparents are Charles and Nell Osborne and D.R. and Mae Kennedy, all of Cord, the late Jeffie and Zilla Davis of Thida and the late George and Bonnie Brown of Batesville.
CAVE CITY — The annual Fairview Church and Cemetery Homecoming will start at 11 a.m. Sunday, said church/cemetery committee member Donald Simmons.
The church is east of Cave City.
Marcia Street will provide music, followed by congregational singing and specials, if any.
Dardanelle Townsley will bring the message.
A potluck lunch will be served at noon.
No activities are scheduled for the afternoon.
Everyone interested is welcome.