The following was compiled by the late Clyde McGinnis:
39 Years Ago
Lisa Gardner was crowned as the new Miss City Beautiful at the annual pageant Thursday night. Runners-up to the crown were Susan Green, second runner-up, and Debi Gonzalez, first runner-up.
Kim Gold was chosen as the 1982 Junior Miss Batesville in the pageant Thursday night. Tina Edwards was first runner-up, and Becky Cantrell captured the second runner-up position.
Six Gateway Vocational Technical School students placed in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America state skills competition held Tuesday and Wednesday in Little Rock. DeWayne Mason of Batesville earned third in inspection precision measurement; Ken Pattison of Heber Springs received second in carpentry; Les Garlinghouse of Heber Springs was awarded third in industrial equipment maintenance; Chuck Huff of Mountain View earned first in inspection precision measurement; Jimmy Godash of Heber Springs placed third in carpentry; and Wayne Greenfield of Batesville received second in inspection precision measurement.
Top singles this week include “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; “Chariots of Fire,” Vangelis; “Freeze-Frame,” J. Geils Band; “Open Arms,” Journey; and “Key Largo,” Bertie Higgins.
Guard, April 9, 1982
Teresa Ann Pierce was crowned Saturday night as the new Miss Batesville for 1982. First runner-up was Jean Ann Davidson. Linda Ramsey was second runner-up.
Kara Freeman, 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Freeman, was crowned as Little Miss Batesville. The title of Little Mister Batesville went to Dennis Davidson, 5-year-old son of Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Davidson.
From Paul Buchanan’s Two Cents Worth column:
To settle a mild argument heard the other day:
The only tornado to hit Batesville this century occurred April 19, 1973. Most of the damage centered on Central School, Magic Mart, some houses and Arkansas College. No one was injured.
Do you want to test your patience, your stress tolerance, your nerves, your emotions and your willpower? Then try hanging drapes with hooks on them. We’re now recuperating from the ordeal.
The Senior Citizens group of Cave City will host a birthday party to honor Homer Hutchison for his 90th birthday on Wednesday.
Born April 18, 1892, he was the son of Spencer and Addie Hutchison of Calamine. He was one of nine children and has spent his life in Sharp County.
Hutchison began his education at Cury Springs School and later attended school in Grange and Cave City. Outstanding highlights in his memory, he said, are the first money he ever earned – picking cotton for 17 cents at the age of six – and going with his father to Batesville and sleeping in the wagon yard.
He was married in 1916 to Vama Hines and had one son, Ora Lee, who was killed in World War II. He has two daughters, Mrs. Juanita Simpson of Poughkeepsie and Mrs. Wanda Pylkas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A special dinner in honor of his birthday will also be hosted by his family and relatives on Sunday.
Obituaries in the paper today are Jack Montgomery, Charlie Lody, Myrtle Harmon, Eleanor Barnwell and Stella M. Blanks.
In a photo in today’s paper, Justin Burge of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office shows Betty Mobley and her daughter, Melissa, around the jail cells Friday afternoon. Burge said he gives several tours a week to anyone interested in seeing the facilities.
The Mack Farm Dairy has been phased out, and owner Emma J. Massey has switched to raising Limousin beef cattle, a breed notable for producing heavy calves that make fast gains.
Terry Barnett has announced the purchase of the lease of the Phillips 66 service station at Broad and St. Louis, formerly operated by Kenneth Manuel, who will devote his time to his backhoe and excavation business.
Sky Clark, 21, of Batesville has been promoted to service manager of the Batesville Goodyear store at Central and Boswell, according to Gene Jowers, manager.
A graduate of Batesville High School and Gateway Vocational-Technical School, Clark has been associated with Goodyear at Batesville for two years and has been in mechanical work for four years.
He is the son of Mrs. Billie Clark of Batesville.
Barbara Hobbs of Batesville is the new manager of Scott’s E-Z Bi Shoe Store at 614 Harrison St. in Cooper Plaza, Scott Snelgrove of Jonesboro, owner, has announced.
Guard, April 12, 1982