The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has set another record enrollment this fall, with 1,749 students taking classes this semester.
UACCB Chancellor Deborah Frazier could barely contain her excitement Thursday evening at a community-wide picnic to celebrate the 2009-10 academic year. She joked that had she known the enrollment number was 1,749 before the picnic, she would have enrolled as a student just to bump the number to an even 50.
“Lots of wonderful things are happening at UACCB,” Frazier told the crowd.
FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Elisabeth Smith of Fairfield, Iowa, and Robert Tupaj of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Mariah Jean Dockter, to Christopher David Kohler, son of Charlie and Lorena Fuqua of Batesville and the late David V. Kohler.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Harriet Smith of New York.
She graduated with a degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She teaches third grade at Chenal Elementary in Little Rock.
New season, new opponent and new experience.
That’s what the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are hoping for in their season- and home-opening high school football game Friday night. The Palestine-Wheatley Patriots will try to avoid being the first to lose to the T-wolves.
Last fall, their first in varsity high school football, the T-wolves went 0-9.
Arkansas State Motocross Series racers will make a stop in the area this weekend when the O’Neil Bottoms MX hosts Round 7 in the series, according to a news release from series organizer Michael Donelson.
The racers will practice from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the track near Bethesda. Donelson said live music will be provided. Fans can purchase a weekend pass for $10.
The gates will open at 6 Sunday evening. After practice laps beginning at 7:30, the races will start at 9:30.
LOCUST GROVE — Two weeks remain in the points racing season at Batesville Motor Speedway and there’s still plenty up for grabs.
Richie Tosh and Joe Payne are tied for the street stock championship and Kevin Grizzle is just 12 points off the pace headed into Friday night’s racing action.
Joe Forman is holding the top spot in the economy modified class with a 18-point edge over Adam Maple and Rick Engles is only another two back.
Never mind that the Sara Low Memorial 5K Run and Walk is not part of the Arkansas Grand Prix series. It’s still breaking records.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the entry number stood at 203. The third annual event is set to go off at 8 Saturday morning. The starting line is in front of Batesville High. The finish line is a couple of hundred yards away inside Pioneer Stadium.
Last fall’s race, which was a Grand Prix event, drew 197.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Southside Southerners won a 4-team golf match Wednesday at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
Southside carded a 127. Salem was second with a 137, then came Izard County (145) and Calico Rock (191).
Clayton House shot a 3-over-par 40 to win medalist honors and pace the Southerners. Adam Martin fired a 43 and Matt Anderson completed the team score with a 44.
Not factoring into the team scoring were Dalton Littleton and Chris Vaughn, each with a 45, and Chris Martin with a 50.
Batesville High got it’s tennis season off on a good foot Tuesday, sweeping Cave City on the Lyon College courts.
The Lady Pioneers won 7-1. The Pioneers won 6-3.
The Lady Pioneers and Cavewomen split two singles matches, but the Lady Pioneers dominated in doubles.
The Pioneers won both singles matches and edged the Cavemen 4-3 in doubles.
CONWAY (AP) — Faulkner County authorities say a man suspected of stealing equipment from a home at Billy Goat Mountain was thwarted after being stung dozens of times by a swarm of bees.
Forty-six-year-old Rickey Dale Ford was arraigned Wednesday on charges of breaking and entering, criminal mischief and two counts of property theft.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police in North Little Rock are looking to add 20 new surveillance cameras in high crime areas.
The city began accepting bids this week for the cameras that can be set on utility poles and connected to the Internet through cable television or telephone lines.
Police Capt. Leonard Montgomery says officers want to be able to set up the cameras quickly in neighborhoods where they are needed.