When personnel answered the front door buzzer of the Independence County jail Saturday night, they were greeted by a woman who said she was there to meet Jesus.
Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the jail on West Main Street around 7:30 p.m. regarding the incident involving 29-year-old Rebecca D. Lee.
“On arrival I spoke with Jailer Michael Rhodes who said that a female (Lee) came to the front door acting very strange and told him that Jesus gave her signs to find the jail and that she was supposed to meet him there,” Jones said.
SEARCY — Batesville’s junior high basketball teams left Searcy Thursday night still looking for their first victory.
They each went 0-3 in the Searcy Cub Classic. Thursday afternoon, the Mount St. Mary Junior Belles defeated the Junior Lady Pioneers 33-16, and the Jonesboro MacArthur Cyclones pounded the Junior Pioneers 44-14.
“They were very good, is all I know to say,” Coach Kelly Rush said of the team from Jonesboro. “I thought we handled the ball a lot better than we did the other two games, but we missed a lot of shots that I think we will hit in time.”
The Arkansas Activities Association has decided to put the Class 3A State Playoffs on hold indefinitely after Lamar won an injunction hearing Thursday in Russellville.
Lamar (9-1) was forced to forfeit a portion of its season because of the use of an ineligible player. That decision resulted in Lamar being knocked out of the playoffs. Lamar filed for an injunction and Circuit Court Judge Gordon McCain granted it shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pope County Courthouse.
When Thamail Morgan left his troubles behind in Newport, he never could have imagined what came next.
FAYETTEVILLE — The matchup with Troy is Arkansas’ last nonconference game of the regular season, although it’s not clear whether it will be easier or harder than the game next week with Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State.
Troy has won seven straight games and appears to be the class of the Sun Belt Conference. It’s the type of team that can seriously point to a game like this as an opportunity for an upset. In fact, given the way the Razorbacks routed Texas A&M earlier this year, this might be the toughest nonconference game on Arkansas’ schedule.
SOUTHSIDE — The First National Banking Company finals are set and Guard-circulation area basketball teams are well represented.
Saturday night at 6, the Southside Junior Lady Southerners, tourney hosts, will take on the Cedar Ridge Junior Lady Timberwolves, another area team, in the first title game.
Following at 7:15 will be the Izard County Junior Cougars, another area team, against the Riverview Junior Rangers.
WALNUT RIDGE — Syeeda Echols poured in a career-high 26 points and K.K. Hodges dropped in 23 more to lead the Lyon College Pipers to a 79-64 nonconference victory over the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles on Thursday night.
“She’s certainly capable of putting up numbers like that regularly,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “She’s a really good shooter, but I don’t think her focus has been to score. She’s been playing extremely well for us. She’s rebounding and taking care of the ball, but I think her main focus and where she has been improving is her defense.”
GREENVILLE, Miss (AP) — Two Arkansas companies have announced a joint venture to locate a rice mill in Greenville that will employ 60 people.
Officials with International Silica Technologies of Jonesboro and Producers Rice Mill of Stuttgart announced this week that they plan to break ground on the plant in early 2010.
The Delta Democrat Times in Greenville reports that an offsite facility will house the IST company headquarters and distribution center.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Farm Bureau says the price of a Thanksgiving dinner dipped slightly this year, thanks to a drop in dairy prices.
The bureau’s annual survey finds that a family of 10, on average, will pay $40.75 for a Thanksgiving meal. That’s down from $40.97 from a year ago. And while milk prices dropped by 60 cents a gallon, the cost of a turkey went up from 95 cents a pound last year to $1.04 a pound this year.
PEARCY (AP) — Authorities say they found four bodies in a burning mobile home in southwest Arkansas and an 80-year-old man was found dead inside a nearby house.
A vehicle belonging to one of the victims in the doublewide trailer was found on fire in Hot Springs, 13 miles away, about the same time, said Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department.
ROGERS (AP) — Benton County authorities say a tree trimmer was killed when he was electrocuted while trimming trees near Beaver Lake.
County Coroner Daniel Oxford says 42-year-old Philip Vilella died instantly Thursday when his upper body apparently touched a power line. Rogers Fire Chief Tom Jenkins says Vilella was in a utility bucket 25 to 30 feet high when he touched the line.
A spokesman for Southwestern Electric Power Company says Vilella touched a main distribution line for the neighborhood where he was working.