OCTOBER 18, 2005 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT
CAVE CITY, AR - Cave City closed its schools yesterday so students could grieve for a longtime school bus driver found dead of an apparent heart attack while deer hunting during the weekend. Classes will be dismissed early today so students can attend his funeral.
The school is mourning the loss of 59-year-old Kenneth James, a longtime school employee and bus driver. Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said James was reported missing by his family Saturday after he failed to return from deer hunting. A six-hour search ended when James' body was found near Grange early yesterday.
More than 100 people, including several students, turned out for the search Saturday. An officer found James' body beside a trail about 1 a.m. yesterday, Weaver said. The sheriff said the position of the body and a plastic foam cup nearby indicated that James probably died from a heart attack on his way to his deer stand Saturday morning, rather than returning from it that evening.