Courtney Davis and Jessica Harris and Rebekah of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on March 5, 2009. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 15.7 ounces and has been named Alexis Hope Davis.
Grandparents of the child are Mark and Debi Wingate and Gary and Phyllis Davis.
Danny and Robin Carlton, Deeanna and Danielle of Prim have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on March 24, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 2.8 ounces and has been named Lucas Scott Carlton.
Grandparents of the child are Jack and Sherry Bell of Alton and the late Vernon and Mary Carlton of Prim.
Great-grandmother is Nancy Redburn of Alton.
Yet another national columnist lambasted today’s college students in a magazine I read this week. It seems they’re “self-absorbed” and thus “resentful” of high standards, expecting at least a B just for showing up in class and thus uninterested in really developing their skills and capacities.
JACKSONPORT — Molly Hatchet will be the headline act on June 6 at the 28th annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival.
Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Highway 69.
In the early 1970s a new form of music was emerging in the South, according to a news release. A mixture of blues, country, gospel and the English invasion of rock ’n’ roll that later was to be coined the phrase “Southern rock.”
SOUTHSIDE — James Sturch loves history. Abraham Lincoln is someone he admires, and in 23 years he hopes to run for president of the United States.
At 18, Sturch knows what he wants, and after attending the U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, he’s even more determined to go after it.
“It (the trip) makes me want to go into public service even more,” he said.
QUITMAN — Rick and Lori Green never dreamed one day that they would find their calling down a two-lane dirt road outside of Quitman, Arkansas, population 714, caring for a dozen men diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Pine Mountain Veterans Home is currently home to 12 men; the latest resident arrived Monday.
Most of the residents have been from the Vietnam War era (although they didn’t all serve in Vietnam), but the home has had men from service in Korea and more recently, Desert Storm.
SEARCY — Adam Darby hit a 3-run home run here Wednesday as the Harding Bisons clipped the Lyon College Scots 4-3 on Jerry Moore Field.
“The kid hit a full-count change-up in a good location,” Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley said. “I can’t fault Trent for that. He pitched great. The Darby kid is Harding’s best hitter.”
Sophomore Trent Weeks suffered the loss in his first varsity start. Weeks gave up seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four and walking one over four and two-thirds innings.
Kiley Parker hit a home run to avoid an extra inning and made sure the Lyon College Pipers split a softball doubleheader with the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at the Batesville Recreation Complex on Wednesday.
The senior third baseman from Georgetown, Texas, hit the solo shot with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Pipers took the nonconference meeting 3-2.
UAPB won the opener 7-3, improving its record to 3-17. The Pipers’ victory raised their record to 9-11.
The Highland Lady Rebels would love to make a couple of little reversals Saturday in the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic.
Winners of their first 10 games, including the Rumble ’N Raiderville championship game last weekend in Jonesboro, the Lady Rebs lost their last time out. The Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors edged them 2-1 in the nightcap of a 4A-3 District doubleheader in Highland on Tuesday.
Secondly, they hope to change their fortunes in the annual high school softball tournament hosted by Batesville High and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
NEWPORT — Cave City drag racers finished 1-2 here Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Don Stitcher won and Jerry Taylor finished second in the Footbrake Division.
Here are the top finishers in the other divisions: Jr. Dragster — Breanna Skimahorn and Austin Smith; Street — Don Holcomb and Charles Rounds; Super Pro — Richard Roach and Carey Caples; Outlaw Street Bike — Scott Davis.
Four area participants recently won Jr. WNBA and Jr. NBA Skills Challenge championships.
Southside students Taylor Hammack and Kaitlyn Gramling won in the girls 9-10 and 11-12 age group titles, respectively. Melbourne students Justus Cooper and Jay Chaney won in the same boys age groups, resepctively.
Chaney and Gramling were selected to compete in a regional contest, prior to the Memphis Grizzlies-Boston Celtics NBA basketball game, in the Memphis Fed Ex Forum on March 21. Chaney and Gramling finished second and third, respectively, in their divisions.