Old-fashioned values

April 21, 2009 For 53 years Jimmy Jackson couldn’t stand to be cooped up inside all day — he wanted to be in the fresh air and surrounded by nature.Thursday morning, he was doing just that when he died while working on a county chipping crew on Gainesboro Road.“He was a good husband, a good dad, and a good ‘Pa,’” said his wife of 35 years, Venita Perkey Jackson. “We were looking forward to spending our golden years together. It doesn’t seem real. I keep expecting him to walk inside that door.”

Store owner escapes robber

April 21, 2009 Except for the pistol in his hand and a stocking over his head, the man who walked through the front door of Midway Sales and Pawn Monday afternoon might have looked like any other customer.Store owner Johnnie Ralph Miller was at his Pleasant Plains business at 7615 Batesville Blvd. around 1:30 p.m. when he saw a red pickup truck pull up outside. He said a man dressed in a camouflage hooded coat, along with the nylon stocking, carrying a .22 caliber pistol and some wire, then walked in, according to a police report by Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown.

News of other days

April 20, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 1, 1996. 

35 new members inducted into UACCB’s PTK chapter

April 20, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, an honor society for students of two-year colleges, inducted 35 new members April 10 during an induction ceremony and installation of officers.

Colleges Briefs

April 20, 2009 Blakley presented award at WBCWalnut Ridge — Chris Blakley of Jonesboro has been presented the 2009 H.L. Waters Christian Ministries Award at Williams Baptist College. Blakley was selected for the award by the Christian ministries faculty at WBC based on his academic achievement in the field.The honor was presented at WBC’s Academic Awards Banquet on April 9.Blakley is a senior at WBC, majoring in Christian ministries. He is married to Rashan Blakley. He is the son of Larry Blakley of Batesville and Diane Meador of Clarksville, Ind.

Four-wheeler reported stolen from Thida

April 20, 2009 When Chad Crabtree of Thida heard what he thought was a four-wheeler starting around 3 a.m. April 13, he didn’t get up and investigate but went back to sleep.Police are now trying to find his 2004 Polaris Sportsman valued at $5,000.Crabtree told Deputy Colby Markum that when he awoke he found the all-terrain vehicle missing.The machine is camouflage in color and has a front wench, according to Crabtree.No suspects were listed in Markum’s report.

Sheriff: Response to traffic cop positive

April 20, 2009 The city of Batesville has a new traffic officer, but so far there haven’t been too many complaints from citizens.The Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee, made up of representatives of the city of Batesville and Independence County, met in regular session Thursday at Batesville City Hall.The main topic of the meeting was the city’s new traffic enforcement officer, Darin Brewer.

Man accused of driving through people’s yards

April 20, 2009 An early Saturday morning report of a car driving on a flat tire through yards in Spring Valley led to the arrest of an 18-year-old Batesville man on multiple traffic charges, according to Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens.When he arrived in Spring Valley around 3:20 a.m. to check out the report, Stephens said he could see a maroon Toyota car going south on Mallory Street with the right front tire flat and running on the rim.The driver of the car was later identified as Josh Landis of 115 Hilly Village.

Area schools get EAST grant funds

April 20, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Cedar Ridge and Mountain View high schools are among 13 in Arkansas that received the 2009 Arkansas Department of Education EAST Grant, according to a news release. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology. The other receipients are Stem Middle School, Greenwood High School, Jacksonville Middle School, MacArthur Junior High School (Jonesboro), Magazine (JD Leftwhich High School), Nettleton Junior High, Paragould Junior High, Prairie Grove High School, Trumann High School, Waldron High School and West Fork Middle School.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 20, 2009 Workers sought for cemetery cleaningMARCELLA — Cemetery cleaning at the Evetts Cemetery in Marcella is set for Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.The cemetery is located between Reed’s Chapel Church and Marcella Post Office.For more information call (870) 698-2959. Church supper to raise money for flooring in fellowship hall