• Family spends hours making monster suits

    ST. JOE (AP) — Jonah, the Old Testament character who spent some time in the belly of a fish, has nothing on Kyle Baker.
    The young St. Joe man has been in the belly of Godzilla. Unlike the reluctant Jonah, however, Baker is more than willing to enter the belly of the beast. In fact, he sees it as a chance to further his career.

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  • July 30 is deadline to pre-register for White River 4-Mile Classic race

    The pre-registration deadline for entering the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race is July 30, announced Joe Pool, one of the race organizers.
    Those who register before race day, Aug. 7, will play $5 or $10. The lower amount is for students (18 and younger). The day-of costs are $10 and $15.
    Pool also reminded runners that training runs on the course are scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 and at 6 a.m. on Saturday. On Saturday July 31, the training run is set for 7:30 a.m., the same time of the race the next Saturday.

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  • Local All-Stars finish 2nd in state

    Batesville’s 10-year-old All-Stars won two baseball tournaments and finished second in the Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournament.
    After winning the Gold Ring Classic and the District 3 tourney, they reached the title round of the state tourney before falling to the host team. Batesville defeated Bentonville 8-5, Johnson County 11-0 and Springdale 11-1. They fell to Mountain Home in two 1-run contests (6-5 and 8-7).

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  • NWTF invests thousands in habitat improvement

    EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Arkansas chapters have budgeted $23,750 from the state Hunting Heritage Super Fund to invest in habitat enhancements in Arkansas in 2010, said publicist Shannon Coggin.
    The NWTF Super Fund is administered jointly by the NWTF, its state and provincial chapters and wildlife agencies.
    NWTF volunteers in Arkansas have raised and spent more than $2.1 million on wildlife habitat enhancements, wild turkey restoration, education, outreach and more within the state – $1.1 million of which was designated to habitat projects.

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  • Not all hunters are young, male

    Being a wild woman 50 years ago was unusual, but the ladies of the forest in those days were true hunters. Lauwanna “Wanna” Woodruff took up hunting with a passion in her youth, and today, at age 88, she can still show dedicated sportsmen how it should be done.
    Wanna’s obsession for hunting burns as brightly today as it did in the early 1950s. Wanna and her little sister Druzilla “Boozie” Glenn (age 80) each tagged eight-point bucks last year, and turkey hunting still pulls them to the woods each spring. Wanna also hunts doves, squirrels, rabbits and other small game.

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  • Early bird seasons set

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Thursday approved the early migratory bird seasons for 2010-2011, said spokesman Keith Stephens.
    Season dates are as follows:
    Mourning dove and Eurasian collared dove — Sept. 4-Oct. 19 and Dec. 11-Jan. 5
    Teal — Sept. 11-26
    Rail — Sept. 11-Nov. 19
    Woodcock — Nov. 6-Dec. 20
    Common Snipe — Nov. 1-Feb. 15
    Purple Gallinule — Sept. 1-Nov. 9
    Common Moorhen — Sept. 1-Nov. 9
    Early Canada Goose (statewide) — Sept. 1-Sept. 15
    Northwest Canada Goose — Sept. 25-

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  • Local baseball state champs get region tourney schedule

    The Scrappers, the 11-year-old Cal Ripken North Arkansas baseball state champions from Batesville, will take on a couple of Louisiana teams Friday at the Southwest Region Tournament in Gulfport, Miss.
    The 11-team event consists of pool and bracket play. The Scrappers are scheduled to play the Noah Braves at 10 a.m. and Plaquemine at 2 p.m. Also in the Pool C is the Orange Grove Express (Mississippi).

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  • Area drag racer finishes second

    Jerry Taylor of Cave City finished second last weekend at Great River Road Raceway, a drag racing strip near Dyersburg, Tenn.
    Taylor races in the street division.

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  • Free physicals set for athletes at Melbourne

    MELBOURNE — Free physicals for Melbourne Junior and Senior High School athletes will be available Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon, at Dr. Adam Gray’s office at the Melbourne Medical Clinic, Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey announced.
    The physicals are for students entering grades 7 through 12.
    Forms for the physicals need be the filled out prior to the physical, Massey said. The forms are available on the Melbourne school website.

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  • Isle of Capri series ready for Round 4

    LOCUST GROVE — For the first time in almost a month, the weather forecast looks favorable for racing at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    The weatherman said there is no chance of rain Friday and Saturday and temperatures will reach 100-plus degrees. The action on the track is also expected to be hot as the fourth round of the Isle of Capri Late Model Series takes center stage each night.
    Bill Frye of Greenbrier is the current points leader in the 5-round series. He has a 40-point lead over Cave City’s Jeff Taylor and Batesville’s Roger Witt.

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  • Off-field woes take lead as SEC media days begin

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bar brawls and NCAA investigations will be hot topics at the Southeastern Conference media days — not just national championships.
    Troubling events have made headlines in the two weeks leading up to the 3-day SEC event that began today. There was a bar brawl involving Tennessee players and there are potential NCAA troubles brewing at Florida and South Carolina.

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  • Ricemen to try for state Legion 3-peat

    SEARCY — The Jonesboro Ricemen will try for three straight American Legion state championships. That was determined when they rallied past West Memphis 6-4 in the AAA Zone 2 Tournament championship game on Monday night.
    The Ricemen will take a 26-5 record to North Little Rock’s Burns Park on Friday for a first-round game against a team yet to be determined. West Memphis, which eliminated Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 7-6 Sunday afternoon and defeated Paragould 11-10 in the losers bracket final later that night, also qualified for the state tourney.

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