MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Community Resource Council has become the first Cornerstone Patron designee for Ozarka College-Mountain View’s amphitheater. After its Feb. 14 meeting, a $10,000 check was presented to Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe. The council has now made two substantial donations toward the building project.
After sponsoring the Student Success Center in July 2010 and this recent gift, the council is now one of the largest donors for the Ozarka College Foundation, according to Ozarka Director of Advancement Suellen Davidson.
FORT SMITH (AP) — There wasn’t a time in his life that Kyle Gilliam did not want to wear the uniform of his country.
His father, Gary Gilliam, was a crew chief with the 188th Fighter Wing.
“I remember seeing my Dad come home from weekends on Guard duty wearing his fatigues,” he recalled. “And by the time I was 12 years old, my mind was made up.”
On his 17th birthday, the first day he was eligible, he had his parents sign the necessary papers and enlisted in the Arkansas National Guard.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Five Lyon basketball players won TranSouth Athletic Conference honors, according to a news release from the college.
The young talent for the Scots was recognized as Slater Belew, Aaron Farris and Anthony LaBellarte picked up conference accolades.
Belew, a sophomore from Chattanooga, Tenn., was named to the conference’s second team. This season, Belew averaged 11.9 points and six rebounds a game.
“Slater had another solid year for us,” Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “He was a constant threat for us in the post.”
CONWAY — The Lyon College softball team went 0 for 3 in the Central Baptist College Tournament here Saturday.
Lyon dropped the first game to No. 20 Columbia College, 4-1. The Scots’ lone run came in the second inning when freshman Sarah Knudson homered. Tara Mitchell (2-1) was charged with the loss.
In the second game against Morningside College (Iowa), Lyon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. In the second, Erica Whitaker hit a solo home run to put the Scots up 4-1.
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. — Lyon College wrapped up the TranSouth Athletic Conference season with a sweep of Blue Mountain here Saturday afternoon.
Lyon’s men snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 73-69 decision. Lyon’s women were 78-59 winners.
It was the young players who stepped up again for the Lyon men, as freshman Kip Kelly hit three of four free throws in the last minute to lift the Scots.
CORD — Lyle Eugene Taylor, 95, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Cord.
Born July 31, 1915, at Monett, Mo., he was the son of Drew C. and Lou Ellen Waterman Taylor. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was an artist, worked for McDonnell Douglas as aircraft engineer and owned Taylor Novelty Company, which sold jukeboxes and pinball machines. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a Mason.
OIL TROUGH — Veda Mae Huckaba, 88, of Oil Trough died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in a Batesville nursing home.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Curt Howard officiating. Burial will be in Maple Springs Cemetery under the direction of Willis Funeral Service of Batesville.
Pallbearers will be Glenneth St. John, Ricky Fuller, Jamie Joe Barber, Stan Grooms, Ron Webb and Farrel Fike.
No visitation is planned.
HILDEBRAN, N.C. — Phoebe Ann Lee Price, 69, of Hildebran, N.C., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in a Valdese, N.C., hospital.
She was a native of Cleveland County, N.C. She enjoyed cooking and making desserts. She was a member of Hickory Bible Tabernacle Church.
Survivors include her husband, J.P. Price; a son, Michael Lee Price of Hardy; a brother, Edwin A. Lee of Casar, N.C.; two sisters, Linda Lee McCraw and Frances L. Lee, both of Polkville, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Amanda Brumley of Hickory, N.C., and Alan Price and Alison Price, both of Hardy.
Telling a cop he was not fleeing didn’t keep a Batesville man from being on the receiving end of several charges Feb. 20.
According to an Independence County sheriff’s report Deputy Duane Grice was traveling south on Highway 167 at about 2:15 a.m. when he spotted a white Nissan Sentra driving 70 mph in a 50-mph zone.
Grice followed the vehicle up Ramsey Mountain when he noticed the driver, later identified as 24-year-old Richard Blaine Crafton, driving halfway in the turning lane and halfway in the inside southbound lane.
The first runners across the Penguin Run 5K/10K finish line represented a balance of veteran champions and newcomers.
Clan Weatherford and Betsy Tucker, the 10-kilometer race winners, are well known. Weatherford has been the winningest road racer in this area for some time. Tucker won her first running title last April in the 1040 Tax Fun Run/Walk and has become a regular front-runner among women in local races.
Tyler Webb and Morgan Felts broke through in the shorter race.