MOUNTAIN VIEW — Memorial Day weekend will soon be here, and it marks the opening of Blanchard Springs Caverns’ summer schedule, according to a news release.
The caverns will open at 9:30 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m. All three tours will be offered throughout the day. All tours begin at the Visitor Information Center.
Since the day my mother placed the “feline curse” on me when I was 5, I’ve almost continuously had cats in my home, and life. For reasons only known to the Creator, they’ve been almost exclusively females, or queens. In fact, the only males have been strays that insisted on living with me.
When I was in high school, we were actually between cats for a while. By my junior year I had a car and a job. I was Al Bundy long before “Married With Children” came on the air.
Yes, I sold shoes, at J.C. Penney.
If you were living in a Nazi internment camp in some of the most miserable conditions on the planet, would you be able thank God for even the lowly fleas that ate at your flesh day in and day out?
I wouldn’t. But Elizabeth ten Boom was, and I thank God for her and her sister, Cornelia, who endured such prison life, in which every breath was torture and every torture was a blessing. Corrie ten Boom is the author of “The Hiding Place.”
SULPHUR ROCK — Perhaps the only festival in America that started from a special postage stamp, Trolley Car Day at Sulphur Rock became an annual event in 1984, a few months after the town’s historic old trolley car was pictured in a commemorative stamp series.
A pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the local fire station will get the celebration under way Saturday, followed by a parade down Main Street at 10.
SULPHUR ROCK — When the U.S. Postal Service issued an official commemorative stamp in 1983 to honor the last mule-drawn trolley in the nation, it could have also been a last “thank you” for a mutual partnership more than a century ago.
The Sulphur Rock Post Office relied on the trolley to transfer mail and parcels to and from the rail depot, about one-half mile from town. And, the trolley was heavily dependent on the mail contract and business freight to stay in business.
ASH FLAT — Every year since their son died, Tommie and Jack Richardson have laid a wreath at the base of the monument after the annual memorial service.
This year was the first one Jack Richardson had missed since his son died in 1993.
Jack and Tommie Richardson of Ash Flat are the parents of the late Jeff Richardson, who was a Cave City police officer when he died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while assisting a Sharp County officer in a pursuit in 1993.
After allegedly catching his girlfriend with another man and sending the interloper to the hospital with injuries, a 24-year-old Batesville man is facing felony charges, according to an affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk.
Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said the charges stem from an incident that occurred on March 23 when Mark A. Goodman unexpectedly left work, went to his apartment he sometimes shared with a girlfriend and allegedly found her in bed with another man, later identified as Stephen Wild.
Bad Boy Promotions has added another fight to the June 13 card, promoter Brandon Foster announced.
Orlando Utsey of Atlanta, Ga., by way of Little Rock, is scheduled to get in the ring for his first professional bout.
Utsey is a 3-time Golden Gloves champion. As of press time, his opponent had not been confirmed.
The card now has a total of eight bouts. Kendrick “The Apostle” Releford is the featured boxer for the main event. Local fighters are also on the card labeled “Night of Future Champs.”
LOCUST GROVE — The rain stayed at bay and they got in a night of racing on Friday at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
It was the first time in three weeks the thunder in the grove came from the roar of engines instead of the skies. When the dust settled, Andy Carpenter, Kevin Grizzle, Tyson Franks, Nathan Harris, Skip Lane and Jason Wilkey were carrying home the hardware for their feature wins.
In other state meets, Saturday, Trinity Christian swept the 1A team titles, Mansfield’s girls and Prescott’s boys won the 3A crowns, Texarkana’s girls and Lake Hamilton’s boys won the 6A championships and Bentonville’s girls and Fort Smith Southside’s boys won the 7A titles.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers did so much more here Saturday while winning still another Class 5A State Track and Field Championship.
Along with their fifth straight state title, they also:
• Defended the four state championships they won in events last year;
• added on three more state championships;
• set a Class 5A state record;
• finished as runners-up in five events (including two 1-2 finishes);
• and scored 146 points — the highest point total in school history for a state track competition.