FAYETTEVILLE — At last, Rickey Scott removed the Pinocchio noses from his old coach and his new one.
John Pelphrey, the former Arkansas coach who recruited him from McArthur High in Irving, Texas and for whom Scott played last season, continually commented on Scott’s athleticism.
Mike Anderson, Arkansas’ coach since replacing Pelphrey, even soared higher about the 6-3 now sophomore guard.
The best athlete on the team, Anderson said.
HARRISON — The Earle Bulldogs broke away from the Batesville Pioneers in the first half and cruised in with a 65-43 high school basketball victory here Tuesday afternoon in the Lendel Thomas Classic.
“They came out and hit a couple of 3s early. Still, we executed and played pretty well for the first five minutes,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “They made a run when we committed a couple of turnovers and we never recovered. We just didn’t handle the basketball very well.”
On this cold, Christmas season morning, I am reflecting on what makes me thankful.
I am thankful for rural life — where I run into friends who tease me, tell me jokes or lend a friendly smile at the store or my son’s basketball game. I am thankful for a sense of place, that I am firmly rooted in the American Heartland. I am thankful for being raised on the land and having all around me its subtle beauty.
An old year is fading and a new year is upon us again. Each year I go kicking and screaming into the New Year, and not because I am against change. My pants pocket is full of change.
I simply cannot remember to change the year on the checks I write until May. By the time, I remember the correct year I have forgotten to make deposits into my checking account. I need a reality check, which with any luck will not bounce as high as my checkbook.
While working families struggle to make ends meet in this sluggish economy, there is a bright spot on the horizon: On Jan. 1, the minimum wage will increase in eight states, raising wages for more than 1.4 million low-wage workers.
The increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington are a result of state laws that adjust the minimum wage upward each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living.
We came out to the barn on that cold December morning to find the cows’ waterer broken, the water flooding the barn and icing over. It was a huge mess.
My dad cussed. “Not again! This is the third time this week!”
The waterer had a small trough on the top of it that filled automatically as the cows drank. A waterer was essential since no tank was big enough to hold the water needed for the 80 cows in our herd. Each cow could easily drink 30 gallons per day.
MOUNT PLEASANT — W.C. and Ginath Evans of Mount Pleasant will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.
They were married in 1971 at the bride’s home in Batesville with the Rev. R.A. Bone officiating.
Mr. Evans is retired from Boeing Aircraft. Mrs. Evans worked for Izard County Home Health and is a homemaker.
NEW YORK (AP) — Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation’s second most-abused medicine, which has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse.
The new pills contain the highly addictive painkiller hydrocodone, packing up to 10 times the amount of the drug as existing medications such as Vicodin. Four companies have begun patient testing, and one of them — Zogenix of San Diego — plans to apply early next year to begin marketing its product, Zohydro.
TRUMANN — James Baker, 76, died Dec. 21, 2011, in a Jonesboro hospital.
Born May 12, 1935, in Jamestown, he was the son of Allen E. and Dessie O. Barnes Baker. He had lived in Trumann for the past eight years and was formerly of Springfield, Mo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Vietnam. He managed a clothing store and was of the Presbyterian faith.
LONOKE — Johnnie Williams Knox, 69, of Lonoke died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.
Born April 21, 1942, she was the daughter of Edward and Nell Williams. She graduated from Cabot High School and received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas. She was a retired schoolteacher, having taught at Jacksonville Northside, Cabot, Batesville, Ozark and Lonoke. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Lonoke Book Club and Lonoke bridge club and enjoyed playing golf.
Thelma Louise Beshers Scheer, 93, of Batesville died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in a Batesville nursing home.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with Dr. J.D. Stake and the Rev. Charles Dean officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Norm O’Brien, Bill Davis, Jim Coats, Scott Wood, Jim Hoskinson and Jim Sproles.
RAVENDEN — Mattie Louise Jones Middleton, 59, of Ravenden died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in West Plains, Mo.
Born June 26, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Elson and Jennie Cox Jones.
Survivors include a son, Robert L. Shouse of Imboden; four daughters, Marsha Collins of Hardy, Teresa Bowers of Houston, Ginny Solanikker of Aurora, Ill., and Cassie DeLos Santos of West Plains, Mo.; a brother, Ernie Jones of Ravenden; a sister, Ethel Ratliff of Ravenden; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.