First Community Bank will host a Business After Hours from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex.
The shooting range is located three miles north of Batesville on Highway 167 across from Believers Community Church. Guests may bring their shotguns/shells and shoot for free from 4-5.
The Independence County Shooting Range offers four trap fields, three skeet fields, two archery ranges, two pavilions with cooking facilities, and an education/training center.
Carlene Jenkins believes it is her faith in God that helped her survive breast cancer 56 years ago.
Diagnosed at 22, the housewife and mother of two young sons was not expecting to be told she had breast cancer when she went in to see her doctor for something else.
Jenkins and husband Simon were living in Burbank, Calif., at the time when she noticed her left breast hurting.
“I felt this knot. I had no idea it was breast cancer,” she said. “You think you’re indestructible at that age,” she said.
ASH FLAT — Aliens, princesses, vampires and cats were just a few of the clever creations that Sharp County 4-H members used to transform ordinary pumpkins into creative fall decorations recently, said Sharp County 4-H Program Assistant Annie Lester.
The 4-H members and their families met Oct. 11 for the second annual 4-H Pumpkin Extravaganza at the Sharp County Fairgrounds.
“More than 80 people attended this event which included a meal, information on fire safety provided by the Ash Flat Fire Department, and pumpkin painting and decorating,” Lester said.
From radio to TV, cable broadcasting and the Internet — print journalism has always had its share of “disruptive technology,” but it’s far from being dead, according to Nat Lea, vice president and general manager of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Radio disrupted newspapers, TV disrupted radio, cable broadcasting affected traditional television “and the Internet disrupted it all,” each taking advertising, revenue, readers and viewers away, Lea told a group of more than 50 attending the Hugh B. Patterson lecture on journalism at Lyon College Tuesday night.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s junior high teams won three halves of football against their Class 6A visitors from Baxter County here Thursday night. Melbourne is a Class 3A-sized school.
The Junior Bearkatz seventh-graders won 20-6 against their counterparts from Mountain Home. The home team’s varsity team (eighth- and ninth-graders) edged the visitors’ eighth-graders 8-0. In the nightcap involving just eighth-graders, Melbourne won 36-14.
Conor Fogle ran in the only touchdown for the 8-0 Junior Bearkatz, Coach Clinton Gore said. Skiler Dwyer ran in the 2-point conversion.
SEARCY — Southside’s junior high cross country teams finished second in the Harding Academy Meet here Tuesday and one of their harriers took home the first-place medal.
Junior Lady Southerner McKenzie King won the 1.5-mile race in a time of nine minutes, 3.86 seconds, and three teammates also finished in the top 10. Meagan Phillips finished sixth in a time of 10:03 and was followed closely by Hayden Webb (eighth, 10:27) and Alli Broadway (10th, 10:39).
Kaitlyn Gramling finished 13th in 10:49 to round out the team’s scoring.
Cave City at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The Southerners will try to break a 4-game losing string to the Cavemen and keep the Highway 167 Showdown trophy from traveling back to Sharp County. This game could also be a stepping stone for the winner to reach the Class 4A State Playoffs, though both teams are likely to need to win their season-finale next week to make that a possibility. Cave City is scheduled to host currently unbeaten Heber Springs on Thursday, and Southside finishes up at Newport next Friday.
A man reported missing from his Rosie home Wednesday evening, and found in Rogers Thursday morning, may have had a stroke.
Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said he received word Thursday morning that Thurlow Branscum, 82, had been found along a busy road in Rogers near the Missouri border.
Given permission to pick certain items from D & D Truck Repair on North Central Avenue, metal scrappers reportedly took more than they were allowed Tuesday afternoon.
Brian Boozer said a black man and a Hispanic, driving a black Dodge pickup truck, showed up at the shop around 2:30 and were given permission to pick scrap metal.
Boozer said the black man, along with an unknown white man, returned around 4:30 p.m., but this time was driving a white Chevrolet pickup and pulling a trailer.
SAFFELL — Esthel Crews, 95, of Saffell died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in a Cave City nursing home.
Born May 24, 1916, at Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Frank and Claudia Crays Davidson. She was a homemaker and enjoyed yard sales, crocheting, baking, visiting the sick and family gatherings. She was the oldest member of Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Jerry Forbes Reynolds, 75, of Cherokee Village died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at his home.
Born Aug. 23, 1936, at New Castle, Pa., he was the son of Howard and Rachael Ralston Reynolds. He was a field engineer for Otis Elevator Company in Los Angeles. He was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers kept their winning pace in the postseason here Thursday, winning their third straight 5A-East District championship in cross country.
That’s as many championships the district has conducted.
On. Nov. 5, the Lady Pioneers will try to win their eighth straight Class 5A State Meet title in Harrison.
Thursday, on the 5-kilometer course on the campus of Crowley’s Ridge College, Lady Pioneer seniors Logan Bishop and Natalie Meinzer finished first and second in times of 19 minutes, 50 seconds and 21:37, respectively.