Soldier honored

September 18, 2009 MARIANNA (AP) — Mourners on Thursday remembered an Arkansas soldier killed in Afghanistan as a brave, dedicated man who knew what he was getting into when he enlisted in the Army.Family and friends gathered in Marianna to honor 1st Lt. Tyler Parten, who was killed Sept. 10 in Kunar province after insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.Parten is the grandson of Lowell and Charleen Parten of Cherokee Village.

Variety Night set for Oct. 10

September 18, 2009 The first Variety Night helped build a halfway house. Now the annual event helps John 3:16 Ministries grow.Proceeds from the fourth annual Variety Night, set for Oct. 10 at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall, will go toward the ministry’s building fund and to the scholarship program set up at UACCB to help men at John 3:16 further their education.

News of Other Days

September 17, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 30, 1996.73 YEARS AGOExpenses of the county for the first six months of 1936 were $16,247.34, according to a report made by County Judge Oscar T. Jones and County Clerk Edgar Baker. The largest single item was $2,989.20, the cost of circuit court and JP courts. The light bill for six months was $469.93, and the telephone bill was $173.09. The county judge’s salary for six months was $1,249.98.

First Southern will open branch in White County

September 17, 2009 First Southern Bank has announced the upcoming opening of its full-service branch in Searcy, which is planned for Sept. 21.“We have been working for months to put together the best possible team of bankers to lead our White County operation,” Woody Castleberry, president and CEO of First Southern Bank, said. “I can’t overstate how happy we are to assemble this group of outstanding bankers who have been providing dedicated service to the White County area for many years.”Jim Haynes will serve as executive vice president of the Searcy branch.

Home check uncovers guns, drugs, stolen goods

September 17, 2009 Stolen motorcycles, a cache of guns and a quantity of drugs were reportedly found at the home of an Independence County man recently during a parole/probation home check, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Rob Leonard.“On Sept. 9, Parole Officer Becky Clark was doing a home visit on parolee Jimmy Doug Simpson and asked if we (sheriff’s office) would assist her,” Leonard said.Clark had reportedly gotten word that Simpson, 43, might have several stolen guns at his residence, as well as a drug lab, according to Leonard.

Kresge to host Farrell exhibition

September 17, 2009 Kresge Gallery on the Lyon College campus is hosting an exhibition by Kathleen Farrell from now until Oct. 6 with gallery reception and artist talk slated from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5. Farrell was born in Rochester, N.Y., to Irish Catholic parents. After high school, she attended college at Monroe Community College, Arizona State, Brockport State, University of Buffalo, New York University and Visual Studies Workshop.

Boards to meet

September 17, 2009 The quarterly meetings of the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District board, Chief Elected Officials and the White River Planning and Development District board have been scheduled for Sept. 22 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, located at 2005 White Drive in Batesville.The Solid Waste Management District Board meeting will be at 10 a.m. The WRPDD board meeting will be at 10:30 and the Chief Elected Officials meeting will immediately follow.For more information call WRPDD at (870) 793-5233.

Vital Link to offer classes

September 17, 2009 A health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class will be offered by Vital Link Ambulance Service from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid will be taught from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5. The fee is $25.To register, call (870) 793-3351.

Dog dip, car wash set

September 17, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County will have its final dog dip/bath of the year Saturday as well as a car wash.Both will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter, 5 Environmental Drive, Batesville, with the dog wash in back of the building and car wash in front.A bath only is $6; dip only is $6; both are $10. For more information, call (870) 793-0090.

‘Fireproof’ to be shown

September 17, 2009 Batesville First Assembly of God Church will be showing the movie “Fireproof” at 6 p.m. Sunday. The movie will kick off a six-week couples’ Bible study that starts the following Wednesday at 7 p.m. The movie is free and open to the public. Those interested in the Bible study can either sign up at the movie, or call (870) 793-5489 so enough books can be ordered.