JASPER — Elk management in the state is a broad topic that generates a lot of passion — especially to those Arkansans most affected by the animals’ presence in north Arkansas.
In an effort to deal with elk problems in the Boxley Valley of Newton County, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be holding a series of three meetings. The meetings are a result of feedback from nine public input workshops held in 2009.
The Army National Guard 5K is set for an 8 a.m. start Saturday in front of Lyon College’s Becknell Gymnasium, according to a news release.
Registration for the 5-kilometer foot race is to begin at 6:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $15 for students (18-and-under).
The race is being sponsored by Bravo Company, the Family Readiness Group and several area businesses. A pre-race ceremony is set for 7:45 a.m.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Steve Looney, David Odom and Hannah Hodge were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway, according to information provided to the Guard.
Spicer won the street division with Ed Littlejohn and Steve Simpson rounding out the top three.
Looney took the footbrake crown with Littlejohn and Ross Williams in tow.
The super pro division was won by Odom. Joe Cox was second.
Hodge won the junior dragster division. Additional information was not provided.
LOCUST GROVE — After a week off for the Independence Day weekend, the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to buzz again Friday night with points racing action.
That is, if the weather cooperates. Heavy rain is in the forecast for today and Friday. If the races go as planned, fans will be treated to dirt-slinging action from the IMCA Modifieds, NeSmith Crate Late Models, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive classes.
Tommy Melton, a Batesville man who has umpired on softball and baseball diamonds for 39 years, was inducted into the Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Sherwood last weekend.
Melton, 74, said he will decide sometime before spring if he will suit up for his 40th season.
“I’ll evaluate that next year, but if I feel as good as I do now, I’ll probably come back,” he said Wednesday afternoon.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic won the Class D Busch-Pepsi Classic mens softball tournament here Sunday, Coach Kelly Davis announced.
The first-year team is comprised of Batesville-area athletes, some who were members of Batesville High state championship baseball teams.
On Friday, the squad opened the nationally-known tournament with a 15-7 win over Retaining Wall Builders of Arkansas.
Brieanna Wolfe, a 5-foot-8 middle blocker from Batesville, has signed to play volleyball for Lyon College, according to a news release from the college.
Wolfe will begin her freshman year with the Scots this fall.
Lyon Coach Ray Green said he became familiar with Wolfe in the last year.
“She played for our 18-and-under club team, and I thought she did a good job at middle hitter,” Green said. “Her work ethic was strong from the beginning to the end of each practice. I like what I saw and wanted to give her a shot.”
Derek Wooten, a 2-time all-state selection in basketball and baseball while playing for Hillcrest High School, will try his hand at both sports at the next level.
And that opportunity is the main reason why he chose to sign with the Williams Baptist College Eagles last week.
“That and they were going to be able to give me the most (scholarship) money,” Wooten said Tuesday evening between American Legion baseball games in Batesville. Wooten and his younger brother, Dylan, play for Batesville’s AAA Legion team, the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Newport Taylor Made Ambulance ended the baseball season for the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Doctors here Tuesday in the American Legion Zone 2 Tournament.
Newport won 9-2 as pitchers A.J. McCoy and Zach Crisler combined for a 4-hitter and Grant Glack hit three for four and scored four runs.
For Batesville, Luke Tate hit two for four.
Jim Butler, Lindsey Castleberry, Buddy Vinson and Jon Ives teamed to win the championship flight of the Remember the Fallen 4-Person Scramble golf tournament Saturday at the Batesville Country Club.
Gary Rhodes, Stewart Smith, Kevin Miller and Tim Howard combined to finish second while the team of Lee Conditt, Sabrina Conditt, Bob Conditt and Wendy Dozier finished third. Scores were not provided.
The first flight winning team was comprised of Tommy Long, Renee Long, George Coltrain and Rebecca Coltrain.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Medical Park Orthopaedic Doctors will have to win three games here today if they are to reach the championship game of the Zone 2 Tournament for Junior American Legion teams.
The Batesville team defeated Paragould’s representative 5-4 on Saturday, fell to Mountain Home Hopper Exterminators 8-6 on Sunday and trailed Newport 1-0 Monday when the game was stopped by rain in the second inning.
Chelsea Conrade, a shortstop from Cabot, Kaitlyn Patterson, a junior transfer from Eugene, Ore., and Cassie Wolfe, a freshman outfielder from Mt. Dora, Fla., have committed to play softball for the Lyon Scots, according to news releases from Lyon.
Patterson hit .350 her freshman year and .284 her sophomore year at Shasta Community College in California.
Wolfe, a right-handed hitter, was named all-conference her senior season at Eustis High School.