Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

September 23, 2009 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met Sept. 15 at Batesville Country Club with 46 members present.Noreen Trentini, queen mother, opened the meeting and called on Willie Strong to give the invocation.Guests introduced were Claudia Marsh and Barbara Jones. Judy Hightower was welcomed as a new member.After lunch, Trentini introduced Cynthia Carius and Mary Henry as the entertainers for the meeting. Carius is a former Las Vegas entertainer. She sang several favorites from her career as Henry harmonized and accompanied on the keyboard.

Concord teacher honored

September 23, 2009 CONCORD — Rebecca Elms, special education teacher at Concord Elementary, has been named 2009 teacher of the year by the Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children. The council recognizes a teacher who is currently certified and provides “exceptional” direct services to students, according to a news release. “Mrs. Elms was nominated because of her work as an outstanding special educator,” elementary Principal Sandy Brackett said.

New director discusses ‘New Horizons’

September 23, 2009 While some might think of New Horizons Alternative Learning Center as a “reform school,” that’s one thing it’s not, according to new director Gary Anderson. That’s a misconception, Anderson told the Batesville school board and audience Monday night. “It’s not a reform school even though I had heard that.” Created in 1994 by Batesville School District, the alternative learning center at Desha serves students in seventh through 12 grades, who require a different approach in accomplishing their educational needs and goals.

Body identified at College View Apartments

September 23, 2009  Authorities have identified the body of a man found in the bathtub of a Batesville apartment Monday evening.The body has been identified as that of Harold Lee Laux, 46, the tenant of apartment 203 at College View Apartments on Lawson Road behind the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

Rock pioneers inspired Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67

September 23, 2009 NEWPORT — Get your motor running — Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 will be dedicated at its grand opening during Saturday’s annual Depot Days festival in Newport.While Memphis gets most of the credit, much of the music that came to be known as rock ’n’ roll was nurtured in clubs in Jackson County and along other portions of the U.S. highway designated earlier this year as Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67, Boyce said.

Gould case continues

September 23, 2009 MELBOURNE ­— It’s been five years.For state and local investigators, it’s been five years of searching, piecing together evidence, traveling to more than four states to track down leads and interviewing numerous individuals in the murder of Rebekah Gould.For the Gould family, it’s been five years of waiting and wondering if the person or persons who killed the 22-year-old blonde will be brought to justice.

Official charged. Mayor accused of stealing from tornado victims.

September 23, 2009 HEBER SPRINGS — Greers Ferry Mayor Michelle Davis bonded out of jail Tuesday after being arrested by the state police for allegedly stealing money from a tornado relief fund set up for victims of the spring 2008 tornado, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.Davis is charged with two felonies — second-degree forgery and theft of property.The forgery occurred and the thefts began on or about June 24, 2008, state Trooper Wendall Jines said in the affidavit.

Beebe says no money for tunnel

September 22, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe told lawmakers Monday that he won’t release $1.8 million to build a 100-foot tunnel to connect the state Capitol to a nearby office building.Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the governor met Monday with House Speaker Robbie Wills and Sen. Steve Faris to talk about the tunnel project. DeCample said Beebe is willing to release money to renovate the nearby building, but not the funding for the tunnel.

News of Other Days

September 22, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 3, 1996.73 YEARS AGOAustin Hill, 18, of Batesville was injured this afternoon when he fell from a hoist while at work on the bridge and overpass at Miller’s Creek, one mile northeast of here. Hill was rushed to a hospital here where it was found that his left arm was broken and that he suffered painful bruises about his body. Hill fell 60 feet when some part of the hoisting apparatus apparently gave way.

Ivory Owl offers variety of decor, handbags, more

September 22, 2009 For those shoppers looking for the latest in home decor and personal fashion accessories, they will find a large selection at Ivory Owl, 655 St. Louis St. in Batesville.With flexible business hours, the Ivory Owl is available to serve the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.“We offer a wide variety of home decor, including lamps, picture frames, inspirational art pieces, candle sticks and more,” owner Deann Castleberry said recently.