They’ll tug and they’ll pull and when it’s all said and done there will probably be plenty of huffing and puffing from those trying to catch their breaths.
But what would one expect after trying to pull 74,700 pounds of red, white and chrome for a good cause?
On Aug. 20 the Batesville Fire Department will host its first ever “Flex your muscle for MDA fire truck pull” and it’s looking for plenty of volunteers anxious to test their brawn and open their wallets to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park in Batesville.
The first day available for Arkansas junior and senior high school football teams to practice is Monday and all but a few of the Guard-circulation area teams are scheduled to take to the field on that first day.
The senior high squads for all the area schools that have football programs — Batesville, Southside, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Melbourne and Midland — will get going and only the junior high squads at Southside and Cedar Ridge will delay their first practice until Aug. 8.
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Chancellor’s Office has appointed Tina Paul as director of development and Kim Whitten has been hired as assistant to the chancellor.
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Arkansas State University. She has been with UACCB since 1998 and worked in the areas of media relations, marketing, advertising and most recently as assistant to the chancellor. Before taking her position at UACCB, she worked for the Batesville Daily Guard as a staff reporter and community news editor.
Four trucks were found burglarized at the Southside School District bus shop Wednesday.
Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins reported that sometime between 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:45 a.m. Wednesday someone cut the battery cables on the pickups and took the batteries. One battery was found hung in the barbed wire, and a pair of gray-handled Stanley bolt cutters were found laying in the grass. Shop workers described a suspicious man seen in the area recently.
Other reports have been filed by deputies:
COTTER (AP) — Baxter County authorities say the body of a 64-year-old Mountain Home man has been found at the train depot in Cotter.
Sheriff John Montgomery told KTLO that the body of Richard Alan Homan was found about 9 p.m. Thursday lying near railroad tracks at the depot.
Montgomery said it appears Homan fell from a rail car while unloading cargo from the car.
The sheriff said foul play is not suspected — but the body is being sent to the State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock to officially determine the cause of death.
The 2011 White River Water Carnival books will be available beginning Monday.
The books, featuring Miss Batesville Ashleigh Rogers on the cover, are $6 and can be purchased at the main branches of Citizens Bank and First Community Bank, Schwegman’s Office Supply, Batesville City Hall and Chamber of Commerce.
They also will be sold at the carnival pageants Monday, Tuesday, Aug. 5 and 6 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville in Independence Hall.
Kyler Kenney got his cast off just in time — not that he hasn’t kept right on training for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, which is scheduled to begin Monday at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Kenney, a 14-year-old ninth grader from Southside, broke his right arm during a crash while racing in Pine Bluff six weeks ago, got his cast off Thursday morning and he and family members headed east this morning.
PARAGOULD — Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes Jake Deskin, Seth Bailey and Kyle Baker each won events here last week in the Southwind Conference Meet.
Swimming in a 15- to 18-year-old division, Deskin, 17, won the 100-yard backstroke event. Bailey, 11, won the 11- to 12-year-old 100-yard freestyle race. Baker, 14, won the 13-14 50-yard freestyle race.
The Jonesboro Jets won the team title, finishing 99 points in front of the Mountain Home Hurricanes. The Torpedoes finished sixth.
Established 1885, a school known as Hopewell (at Cord). It was located on the same property as Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church and cemetery. At that time Hopewell was more or less the center of activity in that part of the county.
The Hopewell location was established in 1835. It is said that a Presbyterian preacher from Illinois had the major role in establishing the church. A log building made from hand hewn cyprus logs was erected and served the community. Some called him preacher McCord.