New teacher hired at Batesville Montessori School

July 14, 2009 Students at Batesville Montessori School are seeing a fresh face every day.Lisy Bellflower of Cave City started at the school on July 1 as a certified Montessori teacher.“I am very excited and think that Lisy will be a great asset to me in particular and the school in general,” director Esther Okolo said. “This year will really be extraordinary; we have a group — a perfect fit for the school. We have Lisy in the preschool and Mona Neaville (who is in the certification program) in the toddler room.”

Family and Friends Briefs

July 14, 2009 Sylamore employees honoredMOUNTAIN VIEW — Four Sylamore Ranger District employees were recently honored with length of service awards during the district’s monthly safety meeting, according to a news release. They are Forester Steve Stafford, 25 years; Natural Resource Specialist Chris Furr, 10 years; Visitor Information Specialist Tony Guinn, 20 years; and Caverns Administrator Bob Reeves, 35 years.For more information about the USDA Forest Service, call (870) 269-3228 or write to 1001 E. Main St., Mountain View, AR 72560.

Area Briefs

July 14, 2009 Unattended death reportedThe body of a Batesville man was found outside his home Monday.Police were dispatched to 710 Melton Drive in reference to a man lying on the ground next to a pickup truck just after 4 p.m. Monday. Cpl. Wayne Green arrived and called for Vital Link, but ambulance crews could find no signs of life present in Terry A. King, 54.

44 years down the drain

July 14, 2009 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Seventy-three-year-old Jessie Reynolds has never been one to sit still.At 17 he would wake up at 3 every morning, milk 10 head of cows and feed 65 hogs at his family’s farm before walking the four or so miles from his home at the end of Antioch Road to Pfeiffer to go to work for Howard House. He didn’t have a car.

Murder leaves questions

July 14, 2009 It was May 7, 1980. By mid-morning Marty Thompson decided to take a break from his work on the city garbage truck and stop by his sister-in-law’s home and get a drink of water. After chatting for a few minutes with Cindy Malott, he once again started his daily routine of picking up the city’s garbage.That was around 10:30 a.m.Around 6 p.m. while crossing the old-two lane viaduct at the White River bridge, a cousin flagged him down and told him the news.Cindy was dead.

Counsel recalls details

July 14, 2009 The year was 1981.Eighteen-year-old Scott Lee was being held in the Independence County jail on charges of burglary, arson and theft. One week later, two additional charges were added.This time it was rape and murder.———Defense Attorney Blair Arnold said he doesn’t recall exactly what evidence authorities had that charged Lee in the death of Cindy Denny Malott. After all, that was 29 years ago and many of the details have long been forgotten.

News of other days

July 13, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 24, 1996. 

Family & Friends Briefs

July 13, 2009 Blanchard Springs schedules programs on plant topicsMOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff.

Area Briefs

July 13, 2009 Filmmaker in Arkansas for documentaryMOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A California filmmaker recently came to Arkansas to film for his documentary on aquatic life in the Ozarks.Champ Williams says he hopes his film “Ozark Underwater” will be shown on the Arkansas Educational Television Network and other regional PBS stations.

Two hurt in ATV accident

July 13, 2009 ASH FLAT — Two teens seriously injured in a four-wheeler accident about 10:47 p.m. Friday near Wirth were moved out of the intensive care unit in a Springfield, Mo., hospital this morning, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said.“It’s good news,” he said. “I asked (a nurse) how they would be listed and she said ‘in fair condition.’”The 16-year-olds — Annie Marie Patterson of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Autumn Baker of Marion — were visiting relatives in the area.