• Arthur Cushman Jr.

    EVENING SHADE — Arthur G. Cushman Jr., 87, of Evening Shade died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Aug. 26, 1924, at Woodstock, Ohio, he was the son of Arthur Garfield Cushman Sr. and Mary Ellen Blake Cushman. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served as a paratrooper. He was co-owner/operator of Springfield Sand and Gravel in Springfield, Ohio, was a cattle farmer and worked at Arkansas Eastman as a certified pipe welder.

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  • Lennie Garrison

    Lennie May Garrison, 55, of Batesville died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at her home.
    Born Aug. 17, 1956, in French Camp, Calif., she was the daughter of Joseph and Ima Fay Dugan. She was of the Baptist faith.
    Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Randall Garrison; a son, William Fredrick Goldsberry of Vacaville, Calif.; and two grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Wesley Dugan; and a sister, Ollie Dugan.

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  • Emmett Skinner

    SPRING MILL — Emmett Elmer Skinner, 82, of Spring Mill died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, in Jonesboro.
    Born Jan. 21, 1929, in Lepanto, he was the son of William “W.D.” Skinner and Sadie Swafford Skinner. He was of the Christian faith and was a long-time member of the Ham Radio Association.
    Survivors include two sons, Eldon Skinner and Byron Skinner, both of Batesville; two daughters, Linda Fulbright and Brenda Neal, both of Batesville; a sister, Louise Robbins of Batesville; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

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  • Jewelry, old money taken in burglary

    Sometime between the first of the month and Tuesday, a storage unit rented by Alicia Weathers in Spring Valley was broken into and approximately $5,000 worth of miscellaneous jewelry and antique coins stolen.
    According to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, Weathers told Deputy Fred Friar that two locks secured the door to the unit because it had been broken into earlier. Unable to remove the locks, the intruders beat the locking hasp off the door, she said.

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  • Officers believe suicide is cause of death

     The report Wednesday afternoon of a possible suicide sent Independence County Sheriff’s deputies to a residence near Jamestown where they discovered the body of 27-year-old Jesse Lee Foster of Lumber Road.
    Deputy Michael Darr said deputies were first sent to an address on Jamestown Loop but once in the area were unable to find anyone and were directed to another residence on Ohnstad Lane.
    A search of that residence also showed no one to be present.

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  • Lakeside girls win 5A title in state golf

    FORT SMITH — The Hot Springs Lakeside Lady Rams won the Class 5A State Tournament here Wednesday at Ben Geren Golf Club course.
    The individual medal went to Greenwood’s Endsley Evans, who shot an even-pare 73, edging Wynne’s Caroline Boone by one stroke. Siloam Spring’s Emery Rakestraw finished third with a 78, then came Lakeside’s top golfer, Kristen Garner, with a 79.
    Garner was followed closely by teammates Molly Kyle and Sam Patrico, who both shot 82s to round out the winning team score.

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  • Lyon alumni baseball game slated for Saturday afternoon

    The annual Lyon College Alumni baseball game is set for Saturday afternoon a 1 on Scots Field.
    According to Lyon Baseball Coach Tony Roepcke, former players Zac Wallace, Sam Neal, Evan Segler and Kyle Kallsnick will participate in the game.
    “We never know who is going to show up, but we usually have a pretty good crowd,” Roepcke said. “It is a fun time for everybody, and the players like it because it gives them a chance to see some old friends. They enjoy sitting in the dugout and talking like old times.”

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  • Winless, struggling Rams bound for Batesville

    PARAGOULD — Before the high school football season started, Paragould Coach Tim Branum said the Rams “will take some lumps this season.”
    Wednesday evening, he admitted it’s been rougher than even he expected. The Rams are 0-4 and have been outscored 187-91.
    “All of us in this profession try to be optimistic and look for the positives. I’m no different,” he said. “But we knew what the challenges were, but we hoped some of our kids would play better than they have played. Reality hit home pretty quick.”

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  • The games: Sept. 29

    Clinton at Cave City

    Kickoff • tonight 7

    Cave City Coach Jon Bradley answered quickly when asked what was the first thing the Junior Cavemen need to accomplish tonight if they are going to knock off the unbeaten Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets. “Limit turnovers. That’s been the emphasis this week and, hopefully, it will pay off,” he said. The 1-2 Junior Cavemen won last week in Marianna despite losing the football six times. Defensively, the Junior Cavemen will have to be sharp in all areas against the 4-0 Junior Jackets.

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  • Southside, Cave City searching for conference wins

    The Southside Southerners (2-2) travel to Clinton this Friday to face the last season’s 4A-2 District champion Yellow Jackets on the gridiron.
    “They are defending conference champs, and they look pretty good on film,” said Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson. “They are a physical team, and they are very well coached.”
    The Yellow Jackets finished last season with a 9-2 record. Their losses came to fellow 4A-2 member Heber Springs during the regular season and to Ashdown in the second round of the state playoffs. On their way to the district title, Clinton beat Southside 49-24.

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  • Organization seeks donations

    The Struggle Buddies Ministry is seeking clothing donations to help those affected by rape, domestic abuse or displacement in the Lawrence, Independence, Sharp and Fulton county areas.
    Project Dignity is a campaign to collect undergarments for crisis victims who have found themselves without adequate clothing, organizer Lynne Barber said. 

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  • New crafts, workshops at Calico

    CALICO ROCK — The Artisans Cooperative in Calico Rock will have a workshop series beginning Saturday, with Connie Martin teaching participants how to make macramé jewelry. The cost is $5 for a completed item.
    The workshop continues on Oct. 22 with Patricia Oplinger discussing poetry writing and journal keeping. The cost is $25. On Oct. 29 Mairina Arello will demonstrate how to make bead jewelry. The cost is $10 for a completed item.
    All workshops are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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