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. 

Talent show, dinner to be at high school

April 29, 2009 BROCKWELL — Izard County High School will host a talent show and dinner at the high school beginning at 6 p.m. May 9 as a fundraiser for the music department’s trip fund.Admission to the talent show is $2, or $5 for dinner and the show.Entry fee to be in the talent show is $5 for advance entries by Friday; after that it is $10.For more information call (870) 258-3142.

‘Oklahoma!’ to be performed

April 29, 2009 The Batesville High School Drama Department will be producing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” at 7 p.m. May 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. May 10 in the Batesville School Auditorium, formerly known as the middle school auditorium.With a cast of over 40 students and a cast and crew numbering over 75, this production has taken over three months to arrange, rehearse and build. The production is directed by Batesville High School Oral Communication and Drama teacher Jay Williams and is choreographed by Shani Bufford, owner of Fusion Dance Academy at Eagle Mountain.

11 students receive award

April 29, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Eleven Southside High School students received the Arkansas Student Achievement Award from the Arkansas ACT Council for their performance on the PLAN (Pre-ACT) Assessment. These students are on target to meet or exceed ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks by graduation. ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks are empirically-based and identify the level of achievement necessary in English, mathematics, reading and science to have a successful college freshman experience.

Program features fishing stories

April 29, 2009 Three local fishermen will present “Fishing and Tall Tales, Then and Now” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum, said Ann Rhodes, member of the program committee.“This program is in keeping with the museum’s exhibit ‘Summer: A Time to Fish, Go Pearling, and Can Food,’” Rhodes said.“These men are longtime friends and have lifetime memories of fishing in the area’s rivers, lakes and creeks.”

Fight leads to brother’s arrest

April 29, 2009 MELBOURNE — A man was arrested Thursday after a fight between himself and his sister at a Melbourne convenience store, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.Benjamin Eugene Giefer, 33, of County Road 71, Sage was arrested and taken to jail. He posted a $1,000 bond Saturday. Lawrence reported several drug- and alcohol-related arrests have been made in the past week. Arrests include: