JPs to talk about job

April 10, 2009 ASH FLAT — Appointing a coroner will be discussed during Monday’s Sharp County Quorum Court meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the main courtroom of the county courthouse in Ash Flat.County Coroner Randy McComas died Wednesday.County Judge Larry Brown said the vacancy came up so quickly and unexpectedly that the court may only discuss the matter rather than actually fill the position.Stewart Noland of Crist Engineers is expected to update the justices on efforts to obtain natural gas service in the county.

Windstorm uproots trees

April 10, 2009 Strong winds that rushed through Independence, Sharp and Izard counties Thursday night didn’t hang around long, but left some destruction in their wake, according to local authorities.“We started getting reports of a storm with strong winds and dime-sized hail in the Floral area around (10:20 p.m.),” said Glen Willis, director of the Independence County Office of Emergency Management. “By 10:30 it was in Pleasant Plains and just a few minutes later it was in Batesville. By midnight there was a full moon shining.”

News of other days

April 9, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 22, 1996. 

Service News

April 9, 2009 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman 1st Class Ross A. Flood has arrived for duty at Little Rock Air Force Base.Flood, a maintenance management analysis apprentice, is assigned to the 19th Maintenance Squadron.He is the son of Beverly D. Lampkin of Batesville and Steve G. Flood of Steele, Mo. He is a 2002 graduate of Batesville High School.

Easter egg hunts set for Saturday

April 9, 2009 Several area Easter egg hunts have been planned for this weekend:• A community Easter egg hunt will start at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Desha Community Park; the activity is being provided by Southside Assembly of God.There will be skits, prizes for the most eggs found, refreshments, special prize eggs and more. Attendees are asked to bring a basket to hunt eggs.For more information, call (870) 793-2073.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 9, 2009 Bake sales to be SaturdayTwo area churches will be sponsoring bake sales Saturday, and both will feature a wide variety of Easter desserts.Southside United Methodist Church will have a bake sale from 9 to 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.The church is located on Magnolia Street, off Highway 167 across from Southside schools.Also, Desha United Methodist Church will have a sale from noon to 4 p.m.The church is located at 145 Jamestown Road. Church to host open house

Church begins internship

April 9, 2009 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville has started an internship program, according to a news release. Jonathan Harrell comes to the church via the New Life Drama Company.  Harrell has traveled and ministered all over the country for the past three years with the drama company and has ministered in Batesville on multiple occasions before interning at Jubilee.  The son of Allen and Catherine Harrell, he grew up in Georgia and has eight siblings.  For more information, call the church office at (870) 793-9124.

Special church services slated

April 9, 2009 Some area churches are conducting special Easter services this week.• Cedar Grove United Methodist Church will celebrate Holy Week with a silent prayer and meditation service from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.The church will remain in darkness until Sunday morning, when Easter will be celebrated with a service at 9:30 a.m.An Easter egg hunt and celebration for children will follow.The church is located on Highway 87 West between Pleasant Plains and Floral.

Area Briefs

April 9, 2009 Historical society to discuss settlement of Batesville

DWI, drug paraphernalia charges filed

April 9, 2009 A minor accident with no injuries led to a Batesville woman’s arrest on multiple charges Saturday afternoon.Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to the rear-end accident at Sidney and Harrison streets around 5 p.m. and talked with Crystal Kimmerling, the driver whose car had been struck in the rear.