Those who knew him called him Buddy. He had lived on the streets of Batesville for, some say, a year and a half. In June we began to look for him every night, bringing him food and ice water. We wished he could tell us why he so feared people. He would likely say he was the victim of abuse and believed he was better off on his own.
Most nights he seemed to appreciate the food, treats and water. Some nights he just wanted to be left alone … sleeping in one of his “safe” places only he knew. He liked dogs but couldn’t bring himself to trust people.
CAVE CITY — Darrell Ray Riggs, 77, of Cave City, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in a Cave City nursing home.
Born Aug. 26, 1934, in Hoxie, he was the son of Logan and Elizabeth Dawson Riggs. He was a retired farmer and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
Survivors include two sisters, Betty Miller of Selma, Ala., and Ruth Green of Houston; and several nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Kermit Riggs, Eugene Riggs and Glenn Riggs.
• Guion Community-wide Yard Sale, Guion, 7 a.m. rain or shine.
• Izard County Blood Drive, Community Medical Center of Izard County, 103 Grasse Street, Calico Rock, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call (800) RED CROSS or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.
• Cleburne County Blood Drive, Municipal Building, 1001 West Main, Heber Springs, 2-6 p.m. Call (800) RED CROSS or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.
• Cowboy Weekend featuring Chris Hillman and Herb Penderson, Ozark Folk Center Mountain View, 6 p.m., tickets $20. Call (870) 269-3851 or visit www.OzarkFolkCenter.com.
A group of local musicians will host a Rocking Main Street concert for original music beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street pocket park across from Schwegman’s Office Supply downtown Batesville.
Local singer/songwriter Nathan Dowen will take the stage at 5:30 followed by Sean Dowen.
At 6:30 Ethan Lindblom and Randy Brush percussion ensemble, Drum Stories, will take the stage.
Following at 7 p.m. will be singer/songwriter Brother Darryl.
At 7:30 BMI singer/songwriter Ken Smith will perform.
CAVE CITY — Cave City Nursing Home will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the patio at the home, located at 442 Taylor Circle.
Proceeds will go to purchase Christmas gifts for residents.
For more information call Pat Christopher at (870) 283-5313.
The ConAgra Community Volunteers will conduct a pet and people food drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walmart in Batesville.
The pet food will go to the Humane Society of Independence County to help the homeless animals of the county.
The non-perishable people food, paper goods and cleaning supplies will be donated to Help and Hope.
The Humane Society of Independence County will have its volunteer planning meeting for the Bark in the Park event at 5:30 tonight in the ConAgra Conference Room, located at 1810 St. Louis St. at the corner of Myers.
Volunteer duties will be assigned at the meeting. Several areas still need volunteers, including dog lovers walk/run, running of the weenies, selling barbecue and drinks, selling homemade treats, door prize tickets, fun games, sucker pull, coin toss, musical sit and stay, wheel of fortune and setup.
ROSIE — Ruby Star Aston and Matthew James Jones were united in marriage in a double ring ceremony Aug. 13 at Rosie Baptist Church.
The bride is the daughter of James Mullins of Rosie and the late Susan Smith-Mullins. She is the stepdaughter of Shelby Mullins of Batesville. The groom’s parents are Jim and Joanne Jones of Fairmount, Ind.
An Independence County native will hear her music performed in New York.
“Broadway’s Future @ Lincoln Center” (formerly “The Songbook” series), which is presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul, will kick off its new season at 6 p.m. Monday in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
MELBOURNE — The Friends of the Paul Weaver Library at Ozarka College in Melbourne will hold the second annual book sale from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the lobby of the John E. Miller building.
Items for sale include a variety of gently used books including children’s readers, nonfiction, self-help and reference as well as videos, audio books and DVDs.
Friends of the Library will accept donated books and DVDs in good condition through Sept. 29; they may be dropped off in boxes set up in the college dining room in the Main Administration Building.
MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has recovered a safe that was disposed of by burglars in Norfork Lake.
The safe was among numerous items stolen in a string of 15 commercial burglaries, for which the sheriff’s office has arrested two teenagers from Gassville.
The safe was stolen from S&L Recycling, where owner Sharron Sandefer says the burglars wasted their time. The safe contained no more than $20 in coins. But the business’ paperwork was inside.
Eight burglaries were in Baxter County, with three in Mountain Home and four in Fulton County.