Earl James still wisecracking at 100 years

July 29, 2009 CAVE CITY — At 100, Earl James can still crack a joke. Or two, or three or more.The oldest of six brothers, he was 20 when the Great Depression hit in 1929, but he never stopped seeing the humor in things.Tragedy struck even earlier — his father John James died when Earl was 6 and one of his brothers, Wesley, died at age 14. But the family stuck together. After his father died, his mother’s brother, Alec Rawlings, “an old bachelor,” came to live with them.His mother was Lee Rawlings James.

Guard reader finds missing man

July 29, 2009 A Newark man is no longer listed with police as a missing person, thanks to a Batesville Daily Guard reader, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said this morning.“I got a call Tuesday afternoon from a lady who said she had just read the story in the newspaper about Ralph Mole being missing,” Mundy said.

Building may be used as museum

July 29, 2009 CHARLOTTE — A building on the former Cord-Charlotte High School campus could be one day used as a museum.Mark Gipson, principal of the Cord-Charlotte Elementary School, which is part of the Cedar Ridge district serving grades K-6, said the Cedar Ridge School Board has agreed to let the Cord-Charlotte Alumni Association lease the old Works Progress Administration building.Plans are to restore and preserve from the former school districts and communities in the Bayou Delta area and house exhibits in the Bayou Dota Academy Museum.

News of other days

July 28, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 8, 1996.

Cave City shop moves, expands staff, services

July 28, 2009 CAVE CITY — Customers of Anna’s Haircare in Cave City can now visit Anna Beams and her staff at their new location, 309 N. Main St., Suite A.Beams said recently that the move to the new location allowed her to add two new staff members, Taalyn James with eight years experience as a stylist, and Sarah Musick, who has been a nail technician for two years.They join the staff of Beams, 12 years experience, and Jeanette Turner with 24 years as a stylist.

Woman busted eating, driving

July 28, 2009 With a cheeseburger in her mouth and a heavy foot on the gas pedal, a Batesville woman was arrested Saturday night after she reportedly busted a red light in front of a police officer.Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he was waiting for a green light at the intersection of St. Louis and Myers streets around 7:30 p.m. when he heard what sounded like someone “burning out” behind him.

White River’s Got Talent finalists announced

July 28, 2009 Sixty auditions were held, and now 10 acts have been chosen to advance to the finals of the White River’s Got Talent Competition set for Friday at Riverside Park.The top 10 acts are: • Chelsea Savage Candler, playing guitar/yodeling; • Emily Copeland, playing guitar/singing; • Francine Everett, singing; • Darrel Candler, playing guitar with daughter Jessica singing;• Jonathan Huggins, playing guitar and singing an original song; • Kaleena Hutchins, playing the harmonica;

Calico Rock Visitors Guide going into Welcome Centers

July 28, 2009  Calico Rock — The new Calico Rock Visitors Guide will be going into all 13 Welcome Centers across the state, according to the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. The 28-page, full-color publication, printed in a tabloid format, was released the first week of July for local distribution.