MELBOURNE — Melbourne junior and senior high athletes in all the fall sports, cheerleaders and band members will be introduced during the Bearkatz Bash, a community-wide pep rally at Bearkatz Stadium on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Bearkatz Booster Club.
In addition to the introductions and pep rally, the football teams will play short, controlled scrimmage, a pie auction and drawings for $200 in free gas and a season pass to all home football games are scheduled. The drawing for the season pass requires a $1 donation at the game.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star running back and former Arkansas Razorback Peyton Hillis is not practicing because of an injury.
Hillis rode the exercise bike today as his teammates worked out in preparation of Thursday night’s exhibition in Philadelphia. Hillis did not play in Cleveland’s preseason game on Friday because of a hamstring injury.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners dropped their season-opening volleyball match Monday to the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats.
Southside won the opening set but dropped the next three to Walnut Ridge. The game scores were 25-27. 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.
Southerner Coach David Shilkitus was disappointed with his team’s play and said he felt they were flat and uninspired.
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers opened the volleyball season here Monday with a 3-1, nonconference victory over the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats.
“The varsity played well, being it was our first match,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “We struggled with our serve receive in the third game, and we’ll be looking to change that tonight.”
The Lady Pioneers won 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18.
Tonight, the Lady Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Class 6A Searcy Lady Lions.
Help wanted: Men and women to work in extreme heat and willing to risk life and limb. Must be willing to work all hours of the day and night, be on call 24/7 and pay all travel expenses to and from job. Applicants may be required to wear suits weighing 30-40 pounds. No benefits except small retirement plan may be offered. Pay is $0. Apply at any volunteer fire station.
EVENING SHADE — Lena Jo Fikes Hendrix, 64, of Evening Shade died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Assembly of God Church in Evening Shade with Jerry Brown officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens at Osceola under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Farris, Boyd Hendrix Jr., Matthew Blevins, Mark Blevins, Lucas Blevins and Larry Fikes Jr.
ROSIE — Fannie Robbins, 91, of Rosie died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
Born April 28, 1920, in Pleasant Plains, she was the daughter of Richard and Bertha Penner Hicks. She was a resident of the Rosie/Maple Springs area for most of her life. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Dean Laxton of Crawfordville, Fla., and Jerry Laxton of Rosie; two daughters, Pauline Bodiford of Crawfordville and Frances Walker of Manila; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
THIDA — Roy Wayne Ball, 63, of Thida died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.
Born July 19, 1948, at Newport, he was the son of Raymond Dale and Pauline Bumpous Ball. He was a member of Salado Baptist Church. He installed chain-link fence in the Batesville area for over 30 years. He was an athlete and an avid outdoorsman, collecting numerous trophies in softball, bowling, coon hunting and deer hunting. He enjoyed people, music, volunteering his karaoke and disc jockey services and dancing, especially the two-step.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Martha Evelyn Campbell Luther, 88, of Mountain View died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Little Rock.
The funeral was at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Mountain View with Ron Newberry and Denzel Stokes officiating. Burial was in Historical Cemetery in Mountain View under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.
Pallbearers were Rodney Luther, Danny Tinkle, Rusty Fraser, Charles Session, Dr. Kenny Wyatt and Thad Luther.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe Wyatt, Greg Luther, Mike Cartwright and Richard Stoltz.
I remember, when I was in school, having fire and tornado drills. I honestly don’t remember having a lot of earthquake drills at Cord-Charlotte, at least until Iben Browning predicted one would cripple the New Madrid fault zone on Dec. 3, 1990, but we may have. You know the memory is one of the first things to go in old age.
When my parents were in school, it was the atomic bomb drills that were all the rage; before that it was air raid drills (in certain parts of the country — we were probably safe here).
Recently, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly upgraded our lives with cell phones. Up to this time, I just assumed the cell phone was what a prisoner used.
My wife and I drug our feet for a long time until we finally took the plunge. Both of us finally went to the cell phone store and signed up for cell phone service. She picked out a phone for her and then picked up another phone and turned to me and said, “I think this will suit you.”
I learned long ago that when my wife is “thinking,” I should not interrupt the phenomenon.
Nobody tells you it’s going to be like this.
The early days of the job are exciting. There are so many new things to see and learn, each day seems to last forever. Then somewhere in the middle, a routine sets in. The days are longer, but the years are shorter. Then suddenly, it’s over.
One day you’re a young upstart ready to make things happen. Then before you know it, you’re done.
I’m not talking about careers; I’m talking about parenting.