MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanche L. Gammill Richardson, 90, of Mountain View died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in Mountain View.
Born Dec. 20, 1920, in Newnata, she was the daughter of John and Martha Cooper Gammill. She was a member of Flatwoods Missionary Baptist Church and the Live Wires. She was a homemaker and farmer and was retired from maintenance at the Ozark Folk Center. After retiring, she demonstrated quilting at the Ozark Folk Center.
SOUTHSIDE — Barbara Deanna Stephens, 64, of Southside died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in a Searcy hospital.
Born Nov. 8, 1947, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Wilburn Madison and Rosie Aline Long Allen. She enjoyed collecting and looking at antiques, gardening and the outdoors. She was of the Baptist faith.
SULPHUR ROCK — Michael Finklea was never one to finish something he started, especially when struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder.
So, when those who knew him learned he was writing a story they didn’t believe he would complete it or that it would lead him to his future career as an author.
His aunt especially hurt his feelings, telling him, “You never finish what you start,” Finklea told a group of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary Thursday.
“I got so upset. She’s probably the reason I became an author.”
JONESBORO — Gus Malzahn was ready to be a college head coach, and Arkansas State presented a familiar setting to reach that goal.
The Arkansas native and Auburn offensive coordinator returned to his home state Wednesday to take over as the new coach of the Red Wolves. He was greeted by a standing ovation inside the school’s Convocation Center and promised to put Arkansas State in the Top 25 mix annually.
Five Lyon College athletes were named to All-TranSouth Conference first teams and soccer players led the way in the fall sports.
Senior Brina Siddiq and sophomore Maria Kristjansdottir received the top honors in women’s soccer. Senior Bill Jeffries and junior Robert Hall did the same in men’s soccer.
In volleyball, junior Suzanne Fincham is the first-team selection.
Siddiq and Kristjansdottir, both starting defenders, recorded four blocked shots each and helped limit the opposition to 32 goals — 1.6 per game.
The Lyon College women’s basketball team is hosting a holiday basketball clinic Dec. 28 in Becknell Gymnasium, announced Scot Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange.
The camp will start at 9 a.m. and end at noon and is for girls in grades 2-8. The cost is $40 and participants can register the morning of the camp.
Stewart-Lange, her staff and players on the team will run the camp.
For more information, call Stewart-Lange at (870) 307-7248.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes will earn $475,000 annually, including $50,000 from the school’s Razorback Foundation.
Haynes’ salary was released by the university on Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. The former Ohio State assistant coach was hired last week to replace former defensive coordinator Willy Robinson.
Robinson’s salary was $375,000 at Arkansas.
The wrong team was identified in a story about the Caveman Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Wednesday’s Guard.
The hall of famers will be introduced to the crowd between the Cave City-Stuttgart junior girls and senior girls games, the first and second games of a 3-game set, Friday night in the Cave City High School gymnasium.
A reception for the hall of famers is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the gym.
JONESBORO (AP) — Malcoln Kirkland and Brandon Peterson each provided double-doubles Wednesday night to lead Arkansas State past Seattle 87-74.
Kirkland reached career highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Peterson finished with 17 points and 12 boards as the Red Wolves (5-5) won their second straight.
Arkansas State’s Ed Townsel tied a career best with 20 points. Marcus Hooten added 11 and Adam Sterrenberg 10.
Aaron Broussard paced the Redhawks (2-6) with 25 points.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz took it on the chin here Monday and Tuesday nights, falling 71-65 to the Salem Lady Greyhounds and 73-47 to the Flippin Lady Warriors, respectively.
In the non-conference game on Monday, Stacee Hargett scored 29 points for Melbourne. Lindsey Wetzel chipped in 19 points, and McKee Bailey added 13.
Against Flippin, a 3A 1-East District foe, Sydney Smith scored 11 points for Melbourne.
CHICAGO — One is a healthy first-grader, the other an honors college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls are thriving, despite long odds when they entered the world weighing less than a pound.
A medical report from the doctor who resuscitated the infants at a suburban Chicago hospital is both a success story and a cautionary tale. These two are the exceptions and their remarkable health years later should not raise false hope: Most babies this small do poorly and many do not survive even with advanced medical care.