Death of Locust Grove man believed natural

June 19, 2009 Foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a Locust Grove man whose body was found in his home by a neighbor Thursday afternoon, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.However, due to a possible history of family violence the body of 52-year-old Billy Williamson, of 770 Mountain View Road, is being sent to the state crime lab for exact cause of death, Bittle said.

News of other days

June 18, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 1, 1996.

College Brief

June 18, 2009 George accepts UACCB fundSummer George has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.George graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Ann Heathwaite. She plans to pursue a degree in history and drama.The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to students with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. It provides in-state tuition (up to 15 hours), a $250 stipend and free use of text books each semester.

Honor Rolls

June 18, 2009 Cedar Ridge Junior and Senior High SchoolNEWARK — The students listed below made the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Cedar Ridge Junior and Senior High School in Newark, according to a news release:

Entergy savings tips listed

June 18, 2009 As summer heat rapidly approaches, Entergy Arkansas Inc. has unveiled a new Web site designed to answer commonly asked questions about electricity and to offer helpful tips to lower monthly energy bills during the hot, summer months, according to a news release.EntergyAnswers.com offers tips that can help customers lower their monthly energy bills.

Jacksonport State Park schedules activities

June 18, 2009 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park has scheduled some upcoming activities. Some charge a fee and other programs may be free. For more information, call (870) 523-2143 or e-mail donna.bentley@arkansas.gov.Activities are as follows:Friday 6:30 p.m., campground — Pearling and Shelling Industry. White River pearling was a big industry in Jacksonport at the turn of the 20th century. Visitors will see the equipment used by divers and learn how the shells were used. Saturday

Insurance bought, staff changes made

June 18, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board accepted a bid of $86,255 Monday for insurance for property, vehicles and mobile equipment for the 2009-10 term, Superintendent Steven Green said.Some personnel changes were also made.Sarah Musick was hired as an aide in the middle school, Jon Patterson was hired as a bus driver and Carrie Barnett was hired as a third-grade teacher on a one-year contract. Barnett’s contract renewal will be based upon sprng 2010 enrollment and project enrollment.

Family & Friends Briefs

June 18, 2009 Booster club sets meetingHIGHLAND — The Highland Rebel Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. June 23 in the Highland High School cafeteria.This meeting is open to the public. Cornerstone Baptist Church to host camp

Roadside medical call turns into arrests

June 18, 2009 A medical call that sent first responders to the intersection of Bend Road and Newport Road Monday night turned into a police call when the persons to be treated turned out to be either drunk, wanted by the law, or both, according to Independence County authorities.Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was sent to the eastern part of the county after a first responder reported that a woman he was sent to treat had become combative and refused medical treatment.

Man jailed for drug possession

June 18, 2009 Afraid that people were after him, an Oklahoma man was arrested on drug charges following an incident at a local convenience store Saturday evening.Around 7 p.m., Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said he responded to a call of a man acting strange and continually going behind the checkout counter at the Sinclair station on North Central Avenue. A clerk at the store, Angela Perkins, told Carter a man wearing a black T-shirt and black ball cap and acting strangely came into the store and “couldn’t seem to be still.”