News of other days

May 21, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 4, 1996. 

Jennings named Izard Farm Family

May 21, 2009 BAND MILL — Watching a hay field transform into a freshly cut pasture is work Debbie Jennings can’t help but feel proud of even after spending a long and tiring day bush hogging.“It’s rewarding looking back and seeing what you have accomplished,” she said.Debbie gets the same feeling when thinking back to three decades spent working cattle, tending to chicken houses, grass and timber, and raising a family on the farm she and husband Joe call home.

From boy-next-door audition to Idol title: Allen’s journey

May 21, 2009 LOS ANGELES — Not much has changed about Kris Allen since his mostly forgettable “American Idol” audition.Well, except for the winning-it-all part.When the 23-year-old college student from Conway first auditioned with Leon Russell’s “A Song for You” in Louisville, Ky., he seemed nothing more than a boy-next-door “Idol” hopeful, lacking the instant juggernaut feel of showy 27-year-old runner-up Adam Lambert or even plucky 17-year-old spark plug Allison Iraheta.

Conway’s Kris Allen wins ‘Idol’

May 21, 2009 LOS ANGELES — Kris Allen beamed with disbelief, shook his head as if to reject that this was really happening and struggled to find words.The fact that he’d just beaten rollicking vocal powerhouse Adam Lambert for the “American Idol” title wasn’t going to sink in quickly for the unassuming underdog from Arkansas. The only downside to this stunning victory: He’d have to sing “No Boundaries” one more time.

Lakes open for holiday

May 21, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lake resorts and marinas, and many campgrounds and launching ramps, are open for business Memorial Day weekend.Although some campgrounds and boat ramps across the state have closed because of recent heavy rains, many remain open.Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the favorable weekend weather forecast and call ahead to their travel destinations to check conditions.

Stobaugh recognized for service

May 21, 2009 Mark Johnson, board president of Network of Community Options Inc., recently recognized Jennie Lee Stobaugh, executive director, with an award for over 28 years of service.Stobaugh holds a masters in special education.“Jennie Lee’s leadership has caused Network of Community Options to thrive and grow,” Johnson said.Network of Community Options provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Storage building items taken, truck damaged

May 21, 2009 Independence County authorities are investigating the theft of guns and electronics from the storage rental building of a Batesville man sometime in the past month.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he took the report from Kevin Carnes around 2:20 Sunday afternoon.“Mr. Carnes said the last time he had visited his storage building (at 1009 Batesville Blvd.) was approximately five weeks ago,” Friar said. “The owner of the storage facility contacted him to let him know that someone had cut the lock off his storage facility.”

Tools, cash, ammo, flowers taken in thefts

May 21, 2009 Police are looking for construction and hand tools, cash and hunting ammunition reported taken in recent burglaries and thefts across Independence County.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he took a report from Jackie Amparan of Pleasant Plains, who said $1,325 worth of tools were taken from her family’s home sometime between May 10 and Sunday.

Alleged shoplifters jailed for possession

May 21, 2009 Detained as shoplifting suspects at the Batesville Walmart, a Springfield, Mo. couple ended up going to jail on drug charges Tuesday afternoon.The couple was identified by Independence County Deputy Fred Friar as 28-year-old Barbara Jean Whitten and 42-year-old Bryan Keith Strader.A loss prevention officer for Walmart said around 3:30 p.m. he saw Strader take a package of lithium batteries from one area of the store and go into the hardware department. There he reportedly opened the package, concealed the batteries on his person and threw the package away.