$101,000 raised Unity Fest well attended

June 2, 2009 In just four years, Unity Fest on the River has become one of the biggest fundraisers for a nonprofit organization in Independence County.Saturday’s event raised $101,000 for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions, and drew probably 4,000 people, John 3:16 director Bryan Tuggle estimated.Gov. Mike Beebe was among those at Riverside Park in Batesville, on hand with other dignitaries to help give away a new 2009 red Ford Ranger Sport pickup truck autographed by Mark Martin, one of three big prizes.

News of other days

June 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 12, 1996. 

Several students accept scholarships to UACCB

June 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has awarded scholarships to several area students, announced Melissa Sisco, director of Financial Aid.Chancellor’s ScholarshipSouthside graduate Phillip Reeves has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship. He is the son of Shawnette and Larry Reeves. He plans to seek an associate of science degree in genetics or microbiology and transfer to Lyon College to complete his degree.

Felon charged with having guns

June 1, 2009 Following his arrest for drug possession after a home visit by his parole officers, a Batesville man is now being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.According to the document, filed by Detective Rob Leonard of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, probation and parole officers Jeremy Canard and Sherill Middleton conducted a home visit on 44-year-old Shelby Crabtree at his residence on Rooster Road May 22.

Lee’s Chapel homecoming set

June 1, 2009 SANDTOWN — The annual First Sunday in June Singing and Homecoming at Lee’s Chapel Church and cemetery near Sandtown will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, organizer Keary Landers said.It will begin with congregational singing, followed by bluegrass gospel music. A potluck lunch will be served at noon.After lunch, musician Billy Snow and others will perform gospel tunes.The event will continue until 2 or 3 p.m., Landers said.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 1, 2009 AARP executive meeting setAn AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex in Batesville.This event is open to board members and AARP members. BAAC to host summer movies

Area Briefs

June 1, 2009 McGee, Triple Threat to perform at Josie’s

Warrant issued for ex-husband

June 1, 2009 Formal charges of terroristic threatening have been filed against a 43-year-old Paris man for threatening to kill his ex-wife who lives in Batesville, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.The warrant was issued Tuesday against James E. Hixson after his ex-wife came to Independence County authorities about a phone call she reportedly had gotten from Hixson.On May 22, the woman told police Hixson had called her and threatened to kill her and take their children and that the conversation was on a speakerphone and was overheard by a witness.

Relay For Life event raises money, remembers others, celebrates life

June 1, 2009 Carlene Jenkins was just 22 years old when doctors told her what no one ever wants to hear.It didn’t matter that she was a young wife and mother living in California with her husband, Simon, or that her parents and siblings were back in Batesville.Cancer didn’t care.Jenkins can’t remember what really went through her mind when doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer in 1956. She only remembers thinking of her children and what life would be like for them without their mother.“I had two babies; I was worried about them,” she said.

Committee OKs range proposal

June 1, 2009 A shooting range at Pfeiffer became another step closer to reality Wednesday, as the Independence County Quorum Court Parks and Recreation Committee met to discuss the proposal.County Judge Bill Hicks said he met with the Industrial Development Commission earlier in the day, and the vote was four to one in favor of accepting the county’s bid of $100,000.