Sun Records musician dies

August 4, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — Billy Lee Riley, a rambunctious performer and songwriter who helped develop the Sun Records sound as a studio musician for other headliners, died Sunday in Jonesboro. He was 75.Riley’s singles included “Red Hot” and “Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll,” the latter of which led him to call his band “The Little Green Men” for a time. Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport is handling arrangements.

Melon judging planned

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — The annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will once again feature a judging contest of the “world famous Cave City watermelons,” contest organizer James Mack Street said.The judging will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, the first event on the opening night of the festival.Musical entertainment Thursday features harmonica player Kaleena Hutchins at 6, Rockin’ Luke Stroud at 7 and the Billy Joe French Band at 8. The performances will take place in the Cave City Park.The festival continues through Saturday.

Melon judging planned

August 4, 2009 CAVE CITY — The annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will once again feature a judging contest of the “world famous Cave City watermelons,” contest organizer James Mack Street said.The judging will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, the first event on the opening night of the festival.Musical entertainment Thursday features harmonica player Kaleena Hutchins at 6, Rockin’ Luke Stroud at 7 and the Billy Joe French Band at 8. The performances will take place in the Cave City Park.The festival continues through Saturday.

Area Briefs

August 3, 2009 Cedar Ridge to hold registration NEWARK — On Aug. 10 and 11, Cedar Ridge School District will hold new student registration for seventh through 12th grades. Students, along with parents or guardians, should come to the high school between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. “Please bring the student’s Social Security card and birth certificate,” counselor Dana Manuel said. 

WRWC events continue

August 3, 2009 The White River Water Carnival Parade’s Wet Zone nearly became the entire parade route, instead of just the few blocks at the end Saturday morning.A few rain drops fell as floats, beauty pageant winners, fire trucks and Wet Zone participants made their way down Batesville’s Main Street, but for the most part, the rain held off and the parade went on as usual.

Reporting on Petit Jean

August 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of “Travel in Arkansas” tourism articles for the Batesville Daily Guard.

HRA celebrates

August 3, 2009 Health Resources of Arkansas celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday by honoring its founder, the late Bill Huddleston, who started the private, nonprofit organization as North Arkansas Human Services System Inc.One highlight was the unveiling of a large portrait of Huddleston, by artist Kim Hinkle. The painting will hang in the organization’s headquarters on Gap Road.Also announced were two scholarships in Huddleston’s name and plans for an annual Bill Huddleston Golf Tournament.

HRA celebrates

August 3, 2009 Health Resources of Arkansas celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday by honoring its founder, the late Bill Huddleston, who started the private, nonprofit organization as North Arkansas Human Services System Inc.One highlight was the unveiling of a large portrait of Huddleston, by artist Kim Hinkle. The painting will hang in the organization’s headquarters on Gap Road.Also announced were two scholarships in Huddleston’s name and plans for an annual Bill Huddleston Golf Tournament.

Shane Sturdivant wins

August 3, 2009 Shane Sturdivant was as surprised as anyone else when he heard his named called as the winner of the first White River’s Got Talent competition.Friday night at Riverside Park, 10 acts competed for the grand prize of $1,000. The competition was held in conjunction with the 66th annual White River Water Carnival in Batesville.Sturdivant sang Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” He said he planned to use the money to help pay for school.He said he was “very much” surprised when he was selected the winner.

News of other days

July 31, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 13, 1996.