CAVE CITY — Cave City and Sharp County residents now have a new option when shopping for insurance coverage, according to Richard Hawkins, owner of Areawide Insurance Office LLC.
“We are open in the Modern Woodman building at 818 N. Main Street and specialize in home, auto, commercial, worker’s comp and all other insurance needs,” Hawkins said.
In addition to Hawkins, the office is staffed by agents Ashlee Reynolds and Christopher Bennett.
Business hours for Areawide Insurance are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is (870) 283-6776.
WASHINGTON — The rolls of America’s oldest old are surging: Nearly 2 million now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago.
It’s not all good news. They’re more likely than the merely elderly to live in poverty and to have disabilities, creating a new challenge to already strained retiree income and health care programs.
First-ever census data on the 90-plus population highlight America’s ever-increasing life spans, which are redefining what it means to be old.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge and Southside split a couple of close junior high basketball games here Thursday night.
Led by Cade Crabtree’s 24 points and Zach Powell’s 11 rebounds, the Junior Timberwolves improved to 6-1 with a 34-32 decision.
Luc Ried scored 14 points for the 2-3 Junior Southerners.
The Junior Lady Southerners won 24-21 as McKenzie King and Kenzie Batterton scored 10 apiece for 3-2 Southside.
Shana Butler scored nine points for Cedar Ridge.
The high school junior varsity teams also split.
SOUTHSIDE — Registration and evaluations for participants in the Top Flight Youth Basketball League are scheduled for Sunday at Southside High School, announced David Brogdon.
The Junior NBA and WNBA Leagues are for boys and girls in grades third through sixth from any school in the area. The registration fee is $35.
After registering, players will be evaluated and placed in leagues and on teams appropriate to their skill levels.
For more information, contact Brogdon at (870) 613-5637 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BEEBE — Batesville collected two basketball victories here Thursday night in the Centennial Bank Junior High Preseason Tournament.
The Junior Pioneers improved to 2-0 and moved into the championship game with a 49-32 decision over the Searcy Lion Cubs. Batesville is scheduled to take on Mountain Home in the title game Saturday night at 7:15.
The visitors in this basketball homecoming were pretty rude to their hosts.
The University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils thrashed the Lyon College Scots 95-86 in a non-conference basketball game in Becknell Gymnasium Thursday night.
This was the first time the two have played since their days in the old Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference.
The Weevils hit 20 of 34 shots from the field in the first half, including nine of 18 from 3-point range, and led 52-25 at halftime.
MELBOURNE — Students in kindergarten through sixth grades at the Melbourne School District will not have to pay to attend basketball games as long as they are with an adult.
The Melbourne School Board recently voted to allow these students into ballgames free of charge if they are accompanied by an adult.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of parent notification alerts through Edline for $1.50 per student. The notification system can send messages of any kind that the district thinks is important for parents to know via email, voice and text.
ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will resume its November regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the main courtroom of the county courthouse in Ash Flat, said County Judge Larry Brown.
The justices took home copies of proposed 2012 departmental budgets when the Nov. 14 meeting was recessed and were to review them this week, he said.
November is also the month that millage rate requests from school districts and other entities are considered.
While taking his trash to the roadway for pick up Monday morning is when Jimmy Scarbrough first noticed the unoccupied home of a relative and nearby storage sheds had been broken into.
Scarbrough told Deputy Michael Darr that before he called police he made a quick inspection of the property located on North Charlotte Road, noticing a truck toolbox full of tools missing from a shed and the back door of the residence forced open.
The Batesville Preservation Association has announced its 2011 awards for historic preservation and restoration.
In making its 29th annual awards, the association recognizes five Batesville property owners for their efforts in maintaining and improving their historic properties. They include:
• Lisa Mohlke for the Churchill House at Sixth and College;
• The Kendall family for the Kendall Bungalow at Fifth and Boswell;
• Bill and Rosemary McCloud for the McMahan Bungalow at 1114 College;
Two boat/trailer thefts that led police to a Magness residence, has resulted in two men being charged with theft by receiving, a class D felony, according to a court affidavit filed by Dustin Robbins, Investigator with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
Robbins said that on Nov. 7, Aubry Sanders reported to Deputy Shane Meyer that someone had broken into campers on his property on Sandman Lane, off Duck Puddle Road in the Newark area and taken several items.