Area Briefs

June 1, 2009 McGee, Triple Threat to perform at Josie’s

Warrant issued for ex-husband

June 1, 2009 Formal charges of terroristic threatening have been filed against a 43-year-old Paris man for threatening to kill his ex-wife who lives in Batesville, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.The warrant was issued Tuesday against James E. Hixson after his ex-wife came to Independence County authorities about a phone call she reportedly had gotten from Hixson.On May 22, the woman told police Hixson had called her and threatened to kill her and take their children and that the conversation was on a speakerphone and was overheard by a witness.

Relay For Life event raises money, remembers others, celebrates life

June 1, 2009 Carlene Jenkins was just 22 years old when doctors told her what no one ever wants to hear.It didn’t matter that she was a young wife and mother living in California with her husband, Simon, or that her parents and siblings were back in Batesville.Cancer didn’t care.Jenkins can’t remember what really went through her mind when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer in 1956. She only remembers thinking of her children and what life would be like for them without their mother.“I had two babies; I was worried about them,” she said.

Committee OKs range proposal

June 1, 2009 A shooting range at Pfeiffer became another step closer to reality Wednesday, as the Independence County Quorum Court Parks and Recreation Committee met to discuss the proposal.County Judge Bill Hicks said he met with the Industrial Development Commission earlier in the day, and the vote was four to one in favor of accepting the county’s bid of $100,000.

Driver of wrecked vehicles tells wild stories of horses, abduction

June 1, 2009 ASH FLAT — A Sharp County woman arrested after wrecking two vehicles was either telling whoppers or was hallucinating under the influence of drugs, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.Sarah Mae Johnson, 24, was charged in Sharp County Circuit Court with residential burglary and motor vehicle theft.She was arrested shortly after 4:40 a.m. Friday after wrecking the stolen car.

Cushman ends 80 years of education

June 1, 2009 CUSHMAN — How do you end 80 years of learning, friendships, progress and opportunity?If you’re Cushman School District, you do so with a small reception, a lot of hugs and even some tears.Friday was the last day of school for Cushman, which is being annexed into the Batesville School District starting with the next academic year. As faculty and staff gathered into the cafetorium for what was likely the last gathering of those particular persons, they were honored with gifts for their respective years of service and said goodbye to one another.

Batesville to receive $1.8M grant

June 1, 2009 Washington, D.C. — The city of Batesville has been awarded a $1.8 million economic development grant to convert Emerson Climate Technologies’ White-Rodgers facility, a former machining facility, into a manufacturing plant, a process that is expected to create hundreds of jobs for the region, according to a news release.

News of other days

May 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 11, 1996.

Melbourne man graduates, becomes wildlife officer for Craighead County

May 29, 2009 MAYFLOWER — An Izard County man was among 17 cadets who recently completed over 900 hours of intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.Graduating was Jeffrey “Jeff” Cowan of Melbourne, who will be assigned as a wildlife officer in Craighead County.The group studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway.Graduation ceremonies for the 2009 cadet class took place May 21 at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Karaoke benefit set for July 13

May 29, 2009 The fifth annual Karaoke For A Cause benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will be July 13 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville. The event features food, silent and live auctions and two categories of competition: Soloists and group.