Club News

April 30, 2009 Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

Cave City students win championships

April 30, 2009 HOT SPRINGS — Cave City High School students won 15 gold medals and 13 other medals in the recent SkillsUSA competition in Hot Springs, television and radio instructors Lindsey Johnson and Ben Johnson said.Winning a gold medal is the same as winning a state championship, they said.“SkillsUSA is a vocational education club for high school and college students that exposes students to workforce skills and helps prepare them with leadership skills enabling them to successfully transition from their place of education into the workforce,” Ben Johnson said.

Area Briefs

April 30, 2009 Lankford to deliver lecture

Ark. health officials: No swine flu in first 65 samples tested

April 30, 2009 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health experts have tested at least 65 samples sent in from doctors worried their patients suffered from swine flu, but all have been negative for the virus now seen across the globe, authorities said Wednesday.More samples continue to arrive at the state Health Department’s laboratories in Little Rock, likely meaning testing time will slow in the coming days, said Dr. William Mason, who is coordinating the agency’s response. While no case has been uncovered, Mason said he anticipated that likely will change.

Teen charged for child rape

April 30, 2009 Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 19-year-old Batesville man charged with raping a 13-year-old girl, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy.In the affidavit, Mundy said that on April 17, Deputy Michael Darr was dispatched to the White River Medical Center emergency room where a young girl was reporting that she had been raped.Mundy said he also went to the hospital and spoke with the girl and her family.

Moore named Ark. French consul

April 30, 2009 Beatrice Moore doesn’t see it as a job. She sees it as a passionate mission — one that will allow her the best of both worlds.Make that the best of both countries.In December, Moore was named the new honorary consul of France for Arkansas, a certified five-year position in which she will serve as a liaison between the state of Arkansas and its French communities.

Fantastic stories linked to site

April 30, 2009 CUSHMAN — Decades ago, Blowing Cave near Cushman was a hopping place.“I know at one time the city of Cushman bought a Delco lighting system” for use in the cave for social gatherings, Jim Smith, former Cushman School superintendent and local historian, said. “George Gunther — he was a preacher — was in charge of it. If you wanted to have a dance or meeting down there, he was the one you’d see.”The lighting system, powered by a gasoline engine and battery system, was portable.

$100,000 bond set

April 30, 2009 A woman who worked as a substitute teacher has been charged with inappropriate sexual activity with children and is being charged with three counts of felony second-degree sexual assault.Bond has been set at $100,000 for 50-year-old Rose Marie Roberts of Batesville after a complaint was reported on Feb. 20 to Sgt. John Carroll, the school resource officer for the Batesville School District.According to Sheriff’s Detective Michael Mundy, Roberts is accused of rubbing the groin area of three children in her class.

News of other days

April 29, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 10, 1996.