Cousins & Friends Reunion will be only one day this year

June 16, 2009 WIRTH — The 22nd annual Cousins & Friends Reunion will be one day instead of the usual two days this year, said Boyd Estes of Wirth, who helps organize the event.“The reunion was created by Coach Orwell Moore, owner and coach of the world-famous All American Red Heads,” Estes said.Moore, of Caraway, died May 19. He was 91.“All descendants and friends of the Moore, Estes, Short, Duke, Manry, Orr, Coggins, McCord, Godwin, Martin and Kent families are invited,” Estes said.

Club News

June 16, 2009 Arkansas EHCHOT SPRINGS — “TEAM: Together Everyone Accomplishes More” was the theme for the annual Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council meeting June 9-11 at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center.

Pryor’s mobile office to be in Newark

June 16, 2009 WASHINGTON — Problems with Medicare, Social Security or any other services involving the federal government can be discussed with Sen. Mark Pryor’s staff members when they arrive in Newark June 29.Pryor said members of his staff will travel in his mobile office to White, Woodruff, Jackson, Independence, Lawrence, Randolph, and Clay counties, in an effort to reach and help constituents in the region.

Guard prepares for mobilization

June 16, 2009 CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON — The soldiers of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 875th Engineer Battalion were notified this past weekend to prepare for another potential mobilization in support of operations overseas. Although an official alert order has not been received at this time, the National Guard Bureau has identified a portion of the unit as a possible source to fill an upcoming mobilization requirement in fiscal year 2010.

Museum to offer day camp

June 16, 2009 Old Independence Regional Museum will offer two day camps in July based on the museum’s newest exhibit “Living off the Land — Season by Season.”“Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or go without” was a saying used by early settlers that works well to describe the theme of this camp experience, according to Amanda Nikkel, education and volunteer coordinator. Campers will explore what life was like on the Arkansas frontier, what it meant to live off the land in a time when families depended on the environment to meet many of their needs.

Safety focus of officials

June 16, 2009 Following local and state investigations, the death of an Independence County road worker on April 16 has been ruled as accidental, according to county officials.In a report dated June 12, Charles Ferguson of the Arkansas Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health said, “A fatality investigation has revealed conditions which need correcting to comply with the provisions of the State of Arkansas’ safety and health regulations and common work practices.”

News of other days

June 15, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 26, 1996.

Driver escapes injuries from crash but not arrest for DWI

June 15, 2009 A Cushman man escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash in the 7000 block of Harrison Street just before midnight Tuesday.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he was dispatched to the wreck in the Sulphur Rock area just before midnight and found a 1997 Pontiac Firebird off the side of the roadway with the driver, identified as 46-year-old Timothy Long of 25 Cush St., still behind the wheel.

Burglar makes off with safe hidden in Budweiser carton

June 15, 2009 Independence County deputies were kept busy with thefts and burglaries Wednesday, according to reports, but no arrests were made at that time.Deputy Fred Friar reported that he was dispatched that evening to North State Street on a residential burglary call. When he arrived, he was told by Tommy Winningham that between 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, someone entered his residence through the rear door, then removed a lockbox containing $2,000 in cash, 30 silver dollar coins and important paperwork.