CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen are 4-0 for the first time and, more importantly, they’re 1-0 in the Class 3A-3 District after a 20-0 win against the Piggott Mohawks here Friday night.
Cave City collected its second shutout ever by keeping Piggott’s offense off the field. Piggott turned the ball over on downs twice, punted six times and fumbled the ball away once.
JONESBORO — This time, the other guys wore the zero.
The Batesville Pioneers started 5A-East District play here Friday night with a 36-0, high school football victory over the Nettleton Raiders.
One week earlier, the Mountain Home Bombers shut out the Pioneers in the second half and rallied for a 17-17 tie. It felt like a loss to the Pioneers, and it was the second week in a row the Pioneers had been shut out in the second half. They had survived the week before against Searcy, improving to 2-0.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won three of five matches in the ASU Playday Tournament on Saturday.
The Lady Pioneers won their portion of the pool-play event by defeating Trumann 25-19, 25-15 and Lonoke 25-19, 25-18, and splitting with Kennett, Mo., 20-25, 25-20.
In bracket play, they defeated Mauldin, Mo., 25-19, 21-25, 15-12 before falling to Puxico, Mo., 25-18, 25-15.
“That was the first time we’ve been invited to this event and it was a great tournament to be in,” Coach Tanya Haigwood said.
The Harding University Lady Bisons made the Lyon College Pipers their 11th straight victim with a 3-1 victory Saturday in nonconference play at Becknell Gymnasium.
Harding won the match 25-9, 22-25, 25-9 and 25-15.
The Pipers (6-13) have lost two in a row and lost seven of their last 10 matches. Harding moved to 13-2.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson says winning a Chase race gives his No. 48 team direction. If the last three seasons are his map, all roads lead toward another Sprint Cup championship.
Johnson has the Chase for the championship victory. All he needs now is that points lead.
Johnson thumped the competition in the second Chase for the championship race, sweeping the season races at Dover International Speedway to accelerate his bid for an unprecedented fourth straight championship.
NEWPORT — Don Stitcher of Cave City won the foot brake class at Speedy’s Newport Raceway on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Stitcher got down the strip quicker than Lonnie Allwhite. Joe Williams placed third.
Gary Spicer won the street class, holding off Adan Townsend and Edward Littlejohn.
The outlaw street bike class winner was Josh Trim. He had Michael Light and Michael Furtson in tow.
On Satuday, Stitcher finished third in the foot brake class at Dyersburg, Tenn.
LOCUST GROVE — Peyton Taylor broke the stranglehold Kevin Salter and Robbie Arnold have had on the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship here Saturday night.
Salter and Arnold have combined to win the previous six titles, Arnold taking the last two. This time Arnold finished second and Salter was fourth. In between was Brandon Smith.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 9, 1996.
73 YEARS AGO
The Rev. Elnathan Tart Jr., former rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church here for a period of six years, has written the Guard that he has received a call to be rector of Grace Church in Canton, Miss., and of the Episcopal Church of Lexington, Miss. On Sept. 21 he resigned as state representative of the Works Progress Administration for Mississippi in order to assume his new duties.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State lawmakers plan to visit eastern Arkansas Tuesday in an effort to learn more about the region’s groundwater shortage.
Debbie Moreland, the program director for the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, says she hopes lawmakers also will see some of the conservation programs already in place.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A law that goes into effect Thursday will prohibit Arkansas drivers from texting or sending e-mail from their handheld devices while driving.
The Legislature passed the ban during the last session, calling it “Paul’s Law,” after Paul Davidson of Jonesboro. The father of three was killed in a head-on crash with a driver who was allegedly typing a text message.
The law prohibits reading, writing and sending messages while driving.
Rep. Ray Kidd, D-Jonesboro, sponsored the bill.
Using a traffic control barrel as a punching bag in a busy construction zone got a 25-year-old Cave City man arrested Sept. 19.
Reserve Independence County Deputy Stacy Wright said he was on patrol on Highway 167 near Hawgs Exxon around 5:25 p.m. when we received a call on a man who “was turning traffic control devices over in the construction zone near Main Street.”
“I went to that location and saw the suspect (Douglas W. Acklin) punching and kicking a construction barrel, attempting to knock it over,” Wright said.
Members of the Newark Interlocal Law Enforcement Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss police coverage of the city while an officer, David Sallas, is in the police academy beginning in January.
Newark Mayor Randy Hendrix also raised the question of allowing the Independence County deputies on duty during the day to spend part of that time acting as a school resource officer.
He said the city has gotten federal stimulus money to help supplement the position but it is not sufficient to pay a full-time resource officer.