Outbursts in Congress, cursing on the tennis courts, and grabbing the mic from a young award winner; everyone is lamenting our loss of civility as more and more public figures continue to behave badly.
To quote my grandmother, I think someone has forgotten their manners.
It would be easy to go off on a rant about the disrespectful congressman, the angry athlete or the scene-stealing rapper, but these people are not acting in a cultural vacuum.
In that corner, you got your “seven deadly sins.” This is a list of bad stuff people do, thought by many to be listed in the Bible, but it isn’t. The list was actually compiled by Pope Gregory, sometime around 600 AD. Nonetheless, it has become part of Christian doctrine and, well, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?
CONCORD — Rebecca Elms, special education teacher at Concord Elementary, has been named 2009 teacher of the year by the Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children.
The council recognizes a teacher who is currently certified and provides “exceptional” direct services to students, according to a news release.
“Mrs. Elms was nominated because of her work as an outstanding special educator,” elementary Principal Sandy Brackett said.
While some might think of New Horizons Alternative Learning Center as a “reform school,” that’s one thing it’s not, according to new director Gary Anderson.
That’s a misconception, Anderson told the Batesville school board and audience Monday night. “It’s not a reform school even though I had heard that.”
Created in 1994 by Batesville School District, the alternative learning center at Desha serves students in seventh through 12 grades, who require a different approach in accomplishing their educational needs and goals.
Authorities have identified the body of a man found in the bathtub of a Batesville apartment Monday evening.
The body has been identified as that of Harold Lee Laux, 46, the tenant of apartment 203 at College View Apartments on Lawson Road behind the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
NEWPORT — Get your motor running — Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67 will be dedicated at its grand opening during Saturday’s annual Depot Days festival in Newport.
While Memphis gets most of the credit, much of the music that came to be known as rock ’n’ roll was nurtured in clubs in Jackson County and along other portions of the U.S. highway designated earlier this year as Rock ’n’ Roll Highway 67, Boyce said.
MELBOURNE — It’s been five years.
For state and local investigators, it’s been five years of searching, piecing together evidence, traveling to more than four states to track down leads and interviewing numerous individuals in the murder of Rebekah Gould.
For the Gould family, it’s been five years of waiting and wondering if the person or persons who killed the 22-year-old blonde will be brought to justice.
HEBER SPRINGS — Greers Ferry Mayor Michelle Davis bonded out of jail Tuesday after being arrested by the state police for allegedly stealing money from a tornado relief fund set up for victims of the spring 2008 tornado, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.
Davis is charged with two felonies — second-degree forgery and theft of property.
The forgery occurred and the thefts began on or about June 24, 2008, state Trooper Wendall Jines said in the affidavit.
CONWAY — The Cave City Junior Cavewomen earned their first win of the season here Monday night with a 2-0 decision over Conway Christian.
Cave City won 25-15, 25-22 as Jennifer Grissom and Nikki Ford collected 11 points apiece. Rachel Woods and Brittany Coleman added eight and six, respectively.
The Junior Cavewomen are 1-1 in the conference and 1-6 overall.
Conway Christian won the senior high match 25-21, 16-25, 25-13, 25-18.
Batesville High’s junior varsity football team improved to 3-0 with a 29-22, come-from-behind victory over the Searcy Lions in Pioneer Stadium Monday night.
With Searcy leading 22-14 at halftime, quarterback Storm Tipton scored on runs of one and 38 yards in the second half, the defense put together a goal line stand and Frank Ramirez intercepted a pass to turn away another scoring threat.
In the first half, Tipton passed to Garrett Yeager for 15 yards and a TD and tailback Corbett Courtney ran nine yards for a score.
PULASKI, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers won 15-12 in the fifth-game tiebreaker here Monday night to clip the Martin Methodist RedHawks and collect their first TranSouth Athletic Conference victory.
The match was tied after the home team took the first and third games 25-22 and 25-23. Lyon took the second and fourth games 26-24 and 25-23.
FAYETTEVILLE — From warfare to football it seems results via air ultimately are determined on the ground.
Last Saturday night some 74,210 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium plus an ESPN audience saw that lesson at Arkansas’ expense.
Despite a combined 773 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes, school records 408 passing yards and five touchdown passes by Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, and a Georgia school record five touchdown passes plus 375 passing yards by quarterback Joe Cox, Georgia’s 52-41 victory hinged on the infantry.