Concord hires city marshal

December 4, 2009 CONCORD — The Concord City Council voted 5-0 in special session Thursday to hire Christopher McMunn as city marshal to replace Robbie Cooper, who resigned recently to take another job, council member Jackie Rone said.McMunn, 36, is the assistant chief of police at Cedarville and has 16 or 17 years in law enforcement, following some military service, Rone said.“He also has a four-year degree in criminal justice. He’s very well qualified,” she said. “He’ll start Jan. 2.”

Cave City contests announced

December 4, 2009 CAVE CITY —The Cave City Christmas Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, according to a news release.Anyone interested in participating should begin lining up at 1 p.m. in the UniFirst parking lot. The parade will follow state Highway 230 west, then turn south on Main Street. When it reaches South Street, it will turn west and disband at the city park.The theme is “Through a Child’s Eyes.”“We encourage a lot of lighting on the floats as it is dark at that time,” the release states. “There will be a first-place prize of $200 and a second-place prize of $100.”

Ranch to host craft fair

December 4, 2009 BETHESDA — The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches Country Christmas Craft Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the ranch on St. Vincent Place, off Earnheart Road in Bethesda.On display will be a wide variety of handmade crafts, including woodwork, etched glass, ironwork, wreaths, sweatshirts, dolls, teddy bears, candles, ceramics, wall hangings, birdhouses, pillows, baskets, cookbooks, baked goods, candies, jewelry and other items.Admission is free. For more information call (870) 793-6841, extension 2-1.

Budgets top water board agenda

December 4, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the water office at 1401 Batesville Blvd. to consider proposed 2010 water and wastewater budgets, Manager John Richardson said.The directors will also consider purchasing a half-ton truck.November water and wastewater financial reports, a system totals report and a surface water optimization criteria report will also be heard, as will a legal report.A review of current bills completes the agenda.

Signs of rock ’n’ roll go up on 67

December 4, 2009 SWIFTON — Arkansas highway Director Dan Flowers, rock ’n’ roll music pioneer Sonny Burgess, state Rep. J.R. Rogers and others unveiled the first “Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67” road sign Thursday on the famed 67 highway directly across from the equally famous King of Clubs at Swifton.

Man charged with illegal gun possession, threats

December 4, 2009 A parole violation hold has been placed on a man arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and terroristic threatening, according to a court affidavit filed by Sgt. Brent Everett of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.In the affidavit Everett said, “On Oct. 30, Independence County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Price and Deputy Randy Jones responded to a 911 call at 100 Brashers Lane regarding Nolan Hennings (54, of Batesville) being at the residence, armed with a gun.”

Wreck hurts 1

December 4, 2009 MOUNT PLEASANT — If Robert Love had good intentions of finding a job this morning and Tim Harvell had plans for a birthday celebration, they both got changed.As Love pulled out of his driveway before daylight, he found himself in the midst of an accident that left him with no transportation.According to Arkansas State Police Trooper Cody Williams, the accident occurred around 6:30 on Highway 69 north of Mount Pleasant.

Food drive is Sunday

December 4, 2009 It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child.For Christmas Brings Hope to be a success it takes a county.Having been involved with the program that delivers food to Independence County residents who may need a little extra help at Christmas, it’s something Southside High School Principal Roger Ried knows firsthand.

News of Other Days

December 3, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 18, 1996.

Peabody Hotel receives plaque

December 3, 2009 The Arkansas Reading Association recently presented a plaque to Peabody Hotel general manager Gregg Herning in recognition of the hotel’s recent prestigious Four Star rating bestowed by Forbes Travel Guide.