ASH FLAT — Onice Maxine Blend, 79, of Ash Flat, formerly of Morganville, N.J., died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in an Ash Flat nursing home.
Born Aug. 18, 1931, at Prescott, she was the daughter of Malcolm Wesley and Una Ruth Slagle Pickard. She was a retired bus driver for Marlboro Township, N.J., School System. She was a member of a non-denominational Christian faith.
Brandon Allen surprised many when he led Fayetteville to the Class 7A state championship game.
It’s probably no surprise that the Bulldogs’ quarterback was selected to The Associated Press Arkansas Super Team.
The selection is the first to the 26-player team for Allen, who broke the state’s career passing record in the largest classification. He finished with 10,057 passing yards in three seasons as the Fayetteville starter, but it wasn’t until this season those numbers translated into consistent wins.
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Geno Auriemma hardly expected his top-ranked Connecticut team to come out dazzling while playing for the first time in a week.
Good thing it was Pacific on the schedule. Things get much harder for the Huskies now.
Maya Moore had 17 points and eight rebounds and UConn earned its 90th straight victory with an 85-42 win over Pacific on Tuesday night, a lopsided West Coast warmup ahead of the Huskies’ showdown with ninth-ranked Stanford on Thursday.
HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were twice as good as the Batesville Pioneers in the semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Tuesday night.
Harrison won the contest 62-31. The loss dropped Batesville to 2-6. The Pioneers are scheduled to square off against the Valley Springs Tigers tonight at 6:15 in the consolation game. Harrison will meet Huntsville tonight at 8:30.
The Goblins led 39-19 at halftime and hit 10 3-pointers during the game. Meanwhile, Batesville managed just one of five from beyond the arc, 11 of 26 inside it and only five of 19 free throws.
JONESBORO (AP) — Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch finished with a career-high 19 points and six other Arkansas State players scored in double figures as the Red Wolves posted the largest margin of victory in school history, 120-39 over Central Baptist on Tuesday night.
Martavius Adams added 18 points, Brandon Peterson and Adam Sterrenberg each had 14, Edward Townsel finished with 13 and Trey Finn 11 for Arkansas State (5-8), which matched the school record for points in a game.
LEPANTO (AP) — A prosecutor says Steve Jernigan, mayor-elect of the Poinsett County town of Lepanto, isn’t eligible for the post to which he was elected because he doesn’t live in the city.
Jonesboro television station KAIT reports that Prosecutor Marty Lilly has filed a petition challenging Jernigan’s authority to take office in the town of about 2,000 people.
According to the petition, Jernigan told state police investigators that the home address he listed in the city has no telephone, he keeps no clothing there, and he doesn’t shower or bathe there.
LITTLE ROCK — Though Arkansas has fared better than most states during the recession, there was plenty of evidence in 2010 that the downturn still had a significant impact in the state.
In November, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, with 106,500 people jobless. That was up from 7.6 percent in November 2009. The state lost 23,800 jobs in the 12 months, but 11,000 jobs were added, for a net loss of 14,800. Among the jobs added were 6,100 in manufacturing.
The No. 1 religion story of 2010 was the emotional, often ugly debate over plans for an Islamic center two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan, according to Religion Newswriters Association members — and just about everyone else making a list.
Not far behind was the media-driven obsession with the Florida pastor who got more than his 15 minutes of fame by dangling the threat of Quran-burning before eager reporters camped outside his church.
It’s official. I no longer need Dr. Phil.
Who knew that pilfering though some old photos would hold the clue to my relationship (that’s plural) status?
According to the good doctor, one only has to look at past actions to glimpse what we have in store for the future, because most of us keep our old habits, even though we may masquerade around in new clothing. (A leopard can’t change its spots, wolves in sheep’s clothing kind of thing.)
So when I stumbled across an old black and white “Girls of the ’50s” photo, it hit me. I am somewhat of a control freak.
The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 5 in the George Rider Room of the First Community Bank in Batesville.
Field representative Marc Watts will give a preview of the upcoming 2011 legislative session with an emphasis on pay and retirement issues. Also, there will be a chapter officer election at the meeting.
The meeting is open to all state employees in Independence County.
ASEA is a nonprofit organization working to improve state government and state employment. It has 77 local chapters in Arkansas.
HIGHLAND — Highland High School will host a prekindergarten social emotional learning training workshop beginning Feb. 15.
The 15-session series will be held from 5-8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. One lesson will be taught during each session in the social studies building at the high school.
The training will be conducted by Cathy Landers. All books and materials are provided free of charge and Arkansas State University will provide a binder for manuals.
ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District’s annual tree sale is under way, according to a news release.
Orders will be accepted from now until Jan. 18 and the trees will arrive around the first week of March.
Trees, shrubs and vines offered include crape myrtles (red, white, purple or pink), $3 each; mock orange, $3; forsythia, $2.50; muscadine grape, $4; Bradford pear, $8; white dogwood, $4; pink dogwood, $6.50; tulip tree, $4; red bud, $4; red maple, $4; and pine seedlings, $1.50 per bundle of 25.