Cherokee woman faces felony drug charge

January 18, 2010 MELBOURNE — A Cherokee Village woman was arrested Jan. 11 on an Izard County warrant for a felony drug charge. Sony Elise Wiggins, 39, was charged with possession of controlled substance-ecstasy. She posted a $50,000 bond and was given a date to appear in Izard County Circuit Court.In other arrests:

Camp Crossed Arrows to get $800,000 renovation

January 18, 2010 JONESBORO — Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas recently kicked off a campaign to raise money for renovations to Camp Crossed Arrows near Floral, said Kendall Thornton, the group’s director of communicationsTo accommodate additional residency at summer camps at the facility, the organization plans to raise $800,000 for the camp that has been in the Girl Scout family since 1964.

Furs, pearls, shells were big businesses

January 18, 2010 Furs, pearls and mussel shell button making were big businesses in Batesville in the early to mid 20th century, and former mayor Joe Biard’s family was involved in all of those — and several others.Biard’s father, Ernest, owned or co-owned seven businesses in Batesville, Biard told an audience during a recent Old Independence Regional Museum presentation.“His thinking was that he’d get a business started and then because he couldn’t manage them all by himself, he’d then take in a partner,” Biard said

Dr. King honored at local church

January 18, 2010  The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church honored the birthday of noted slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday with a special “Keepers of the Dream” program.The program featured musical selections from the Batesville Youth Praise Team as well as a song from Alicia Harris, who was accompanied by Debbie Tripp on the piano.Independence County Judge Bill Hicks greeted the large crowd that gathered to reflect on the dreams of King.

News of Other Days

January 15, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 31, 1997.

State representative Sharon Dobbins dies

January 15, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former state representative Sharon Dobbins was remembered Thursday for her devotion to health care and for the job she did after taking her husband’s seat, which he gave up as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.Dobbins, who had been hospitalized with pneumonia, died Wednesday. She was 44.House Speaker Robbie Wills said Dobbins was admitted Monday at Baptist Health Medical Center and that her death was sudden.

Winter Gala set

January 15, 2010 Main Street Batesville will host the 2010 Winter Gala at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, 231 E. Main.The event will include a live and silent auction with auctioneer John Malone, entertainment by Danny Dozier and refreshments.Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. They may be purchased at Heuer’s Shoes, Thompson’s Jewelry, Elizabeth’s Restaurant, and the Citizens Bank Main Branch or by calling (870) 793-4632.

Moms of Military to meet

January 15, 2010 The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available. For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.

ICARE to hold sale

January 15, 2010 MELBOURNE — The seventh annual Claws & Paws Rummage Sale hosted by the Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will be Feb. 26 and 27 at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne.There will be a drop-off schedule the week preceding the sale, but those who need to have donations picked up may call (870) 368-5000 and leave a message.

Class to feature Beethoven

January 15, 2010 Weston Music Studio at 1365 College St. in Batesville will present a Beethoven master class featuring Arkansas State University professor emeritus Dr. J.D. Kelly from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Beethoven piano sonatas will be featured by advanced pianists and singers. Younger pianists and singers will perform shorter Beethoven works. The event will be conducted on an informal basis Saturday afternoon and drop-ins are welcome. For more information call Weston Music Studio at (870) 793-3603.