Chaplain recognized

May 19, 2009 “Doc” Spurlin, White River Medical Center chaplain, has been awarded the prestigious Academy Certified Master Chaplain, ACMC-III, designation by the Academy of Certified Chaplains, according to a news release. Earning an appointment to the Academy of Certified Chaplain demonstrates true dedication to chaplaincy and a willingness to devote time and energy to advancing the field. The academy was established by the American Psychotherapy Association (APA) as a means to promote and support the area of chaplaincy.

Hooper hired as secretary

May 19, 2009 Jerrie Hooper has been hired as secretary for the Division of Nursing and Allied Health at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a new release.She earned her associate of arts from UACCB and has more than 20 years experience working in secretarial and administrative assistant positions.

Constitution Party to meet

May 19, 2009 WALNUT RIDGE — The Constitution Party District #1 will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Don’s Steakhouse in Walnut Ridge, according to Mark West.The meeting is open to the public.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 19, 2009 Plowing to be demonstratedBIRDELL — The 22nd annual Good Earth Association’s Old Fashioned Plowing Demonstration will be held in Birdell (near Pocahontas) on May 23. The day features plowing demonstrations, live music, old farming equipment, games for kids and horse demonstrations. For more information, call Donald Waterworth at (870) 378-0285. Folk group to perform

Caverns announce summer schedules

May 19, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Memorial Day weekend will soon be here, and it marks the opening of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ summer schedule, according to a news release.The caverns will open at 9:30 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m. All three tours will be offered throughout the day. All tours begin at the Visitor Information Center.

Area Briefs

May 19, 2009 Two cyclists die in accident

25th annual Trolley day features music, parade

May 19, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — Perhaps the only festival in America that started from a special postage stamp, Trolley Car Day at Sulphur Rock became an annual event in 1984, a few months after the town’s historic old trolley car was pictured in a commemorative stamp series.A pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the local fire station will get the celebration under way Saturday, followed by a parade down Main Street at 10.

Sulphur Rock’s famous trolley delivered passengers, more

May 19, 2009 SULPHUR ROCK — When the U.S. Postal Service issued an official commemorative stamp in 1983 to honor the last mule-drawn trolley in the nation, it could have also been a last “thank you” for a mutual partnership more than a century ago.The Sulphur Rock Post Office relied on the trolley to transfer mail and parcels to and from the rail depot, about one-half mile from town. And, the trolley was heavily dependent on the mail contract and business freight to stay in business.

Memorial event well attended

May 19, 2009 ASH FLAT — Every year since their son died, Tommie and Jack Richardson have laid a wreath at the base of the monument after the annual memorial service.This year was the first one Jack Richardson had missed since his son died in 1993.Jack and Tommie Richardson of Ash Flat are the parents of the late Jeff Richardson, who was a Cave City police officer when he died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while assisting a Sharp County officer in a pursuit in 1993.

Jealous rage causes injury

May 19, 2009 After allegedly catching his girlfriend with another man and sending the interloper to the hospital with injuries, a 24-year-old Batesville man is facing felony charges, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk.Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said the charges stem from an incident that occurred on March 23 when Mark A. Goodman unexpectedly left work, went to his apartment he sometimes shared with a girlfriend and allegedly found her in bed with another man, later identified as Stephen Wild.