Gipson back on home turf

July 15, 2009 CHARLOTTE — For eight years, Mark Gipson drove from Charlotte to Cushman every day.Now he’s driving from Cushman to Charlotte, but this time it’s a sort of homecoming for Gipson, the new principal at Cord-Charlotte Elementary, part of the Cedar Ridge School District.“It’s great to be home,” he said with a big smile, sitting in his office on the very campus where he himself graduated from school nearly two decades ago. “Everybody’s been very welcoming,” he added.

Man gets 10 years for injuring baby

July 15, 2009 ASH FLAT — A Cave City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a jury trial Tuesday in Sharp County Circuit Court for injuring his 3-month-old son almost a year ago, according to public records in the county/circuit clerk’s office.David Andrew Waldrup, 22, was convicted of first-degree battery, a class Y felony. He will receive credit for eight days spent in jail. None of the sentence was suspended.Waldrup was also ordered to pay $420 in fees and court costs.

EDC reports companies adding jobs

July 15, 2009 Eighty-five new jobs — and the potential for 100 more — was the message presented to the Independence County Quorum Court by the Economic Development Commission Monday night.“We have some good news,” commission chairman Ed Mabry said. “We have been working with three groups (in the month of June) ... we would like to recommend for approval.” The quorum court has the authority to help fund business expansions as well as help new businesses come to town.

News of other days

July 14, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 25, 1996.

Ark. sheriff to run security for lottery

July 14, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ lottery has hired the Grant County sheriff to run security for the new games of chance.Arkansas Lottery Commission Executive Director Ernie Passailaigue (pass-a-lay) said Monday that he had hired Grant County Sheriff Lance Huey as the games’ security director. Huey, who will be paid roughly $115,000, begins work July 21, Passailaigue said.

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.