Area Briefs

July 29, 2009 Back to School Care Fair to be held Thursday

Cedar Ridge to offer shooting sports

July 29, 2009 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District will offer shooting sports this coming school year. At its regular meeting July 21, the board approved participation in the Arkansas Shooting Sports program for the 2009-10 school year and to pay Tim Cunningham and Todd Lovell $500 each as coaches.Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb was authorized to construct a metal building next to the track/practice football field as a dressing room and to house equipment. The building is estimated to cost $15,850.

Ms. Alma ‘the hat lady’

July 29, 2009 SMITHVILLE — Alma Mount wears many hats.Just not at the same time.“I can’t think of a color I haven’t got,” she said, sitting in her rocking chair on her front porch in Smithville. Some are made of felt. Others are made of cotton or straw. “Some have got big ol’ flowers on them and some have pins.” For nearly 60 years Mount has worn hats. To those in and around Smithville she is known as the “hat lady.”

Earl James still wisecracking at 100 years

July 29, 2009 CAVE CITY — At 100, Earl James can still crack a joke. Or two, or three or more.The oldest of six brothers, he was 20 when the Great Depression hit in 1929, but he never stopped seeing the humor in things.Tragedy struck even earlier — his father John James died when Earl was 6 and one of his brothers, Wesley, died at age 14. But the family stuck together. After his father died, his mother’s brother, Alec Rawlings, “an old bachelor,” came to live with them.His mother was Lee Rawlings James.

Guard reader finds missing man

July 29, 2009 A Newark man is no longer listed with police as a missing person, thanks to a Batesville Daily Guard reader, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said this morning.“I got a call Tuesday afternoon from a lady who said she had just read the story in the newspaper about Ralph Mole being missing,” Mundy said.

Building may be used as museum

July 29, 2009 CHARLOTTE — A building on the former Cord-Charlotte High School campus could be one day used as a museum.Mark Gipson, principal of the Cord-Charlotte Elementary School, which is part of the Cedar Ridge district serving grades K-6, said the Cedar Ridge School Board has agreed to let the Cord-Charlotte Alumni Association lease the old Works Progress Administration building.Plans are to restore and preserve from the former school districts and communities in the Bayou Delta area and house exhibits in the Bayou Dota Academy Museum.

News of other days

July 28, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 8, 1996.

Cave City shop moves, expands staff, services

July 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — Customers of Anna’s Haircare in Cave City can now visit Anna Beams and her staff at their new location, 309 N. Main St., Suite A.Beams said recently that the move to the new location allowed her to add two new staff members, Taalyn James with eight years experience as a stylist, and Sarah Musick, who has been a nail technician for two years.They join the staff of Beams, 12 years experience, and Jeanette Turner with 24 years as a stylist.