Memories at Eddie Gabor’s house

June 30, 2009 When I drove by Eddie Gabor’s old house, I was transported back 20 years — back to the wonderful Fourth of July outings my family once enjoyed there.Eddie Gabor was my grandmother’s longtime companion. For the last 20 years of her life, Eddie treated her like gold.She’d had a hard life, after all. Widowed in her late 40s, she struggled for years to pay the bills — she struggled to tend to the last of her six children (who all went on to do well in life).Then Providence intervened.

Area Briefs

June 30, 2009 ATV crash claims lifeA Newport man was killed Monday afternoon when his Honda all-terrain vehicle crashed into a Toyota Avalon at the intersection of State Highway 18 and County Road JA 214, according to David Dixon with the Arkansas State Police.Dixon said 47-year-old Lohnes T. Tiner was traveling northbound on the county road around 6:15 p.m. when he ran a stop sign and slammed into the passenger side of the Toyota driven by Linda L. Craig, 58, of Lake City, who was not injured.

Air conditioner, electronics, ATV stolen

June 30, 2009  A State Street man got a call from his neighbor early this morning reporting that his air conditioner had been taken out of his window while he was away from home.When he returned home Tommy Pham found that in addition to his air conditioner, a 42-inch Sanyo flat screen TV and a 32-inch Sanyo TV, a Sony stereo system and his microwave were missing.

Couple returning home surprised to see Tahoe coming down road

June 30, 2009  Returning home around 9 p.m. Monday night, a Batesville couple was surprised to meet their 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe coming down the road toward them.Roy Gillihan told police that he and his wife met the truck on Allen Road and didn’t recognize the driver, so they stopped the truck and called police.Deputy Shawn Stephens said when he arrived Gillihan had the driver of the truck, Brent Ellison, 27, sitting in the road and was talking to him.

Apartment entered; phone taken

June 30, 2009 MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man was arrested June 23 in connection with an incident at a housing complex in that town.Shelby Joe Roddy, 18, is accused on entering an apartment and taking a cell phone. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Roddy is charged with residential burglary, a class B felony; and with theft of property, a class A misdemeanor. District Judge David Miller set Roddy’s bond at $5,000. Roddy remains in jail.

Free concert to kick off water carnival

June 30, 2009 A free community concert will be held July 31 at Riverside Park in conjunction with the White River Water Carnival. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with the White River’s Got Talent finalist competition. Ten finalists, who were selected from preliminary auditions, will compete for prize money that has been provided courtesy of First Community Bank and Bad Boy Inc. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, second-place $500 and third-place $250.At 7:30 Jericho Crossing, a contemporary country and Christian band, will take the stage.

Award given

June 30, 2009 BEREA, Ky. — A woman with Batesville ties has received an Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship at Berea College.Meredith Doster Edgerton is a student in the master’s degree program of Appalachian studies at Appalachian State University. She is also a fourth-generation shape-note singer. The fellowship will allow her to incorporate extensive archival research into her master’s thesis on the study of music in two Independent Baptist Churches in Watauga County.

Authorities to launch river safety efforts

June 30, 2009 With higher gas prices keeping families closer to home, the sand bars along the White River near Batesville have become a favorite for more and more people looking for a place to beat the summer heat.Local officials say they are pleased that more families are using the resources of the river and spending their money closer to home, and they plan to work together to make safety a priority.

Bankers’ season ends unpleasantly

June 29, 2009 WEST MEMPHIS — The baseball season ended here this weekend for one Batesville American Legion team, and it wasn’t a pleasant ending.After sharing the Zone 2, 1A regular-season championship, top-seeded Citizens Bank was eliminated in three games of the zone tournament. The Bankers defeated Searcy B&B Oil 9-4 in the second round on Friday, then fell to Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams 15-13 on Saturday and were eliminated by Paragould RC Cola 14-2 in a run-ruled contest Sunday.

News of other days

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