FLIPPIN — The tiebreaker between the Cave City Cavewomen and Valley Springs Lady Tigers is set.
The Cavewomen, top-seeded team in the tournament and the top-ranked team in Class 3A, walloped the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers 62-26 here Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the 3A 1-East District Tournament.
A few hours later, the Lady Tigers, second in the district and second in the state, downed the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets 49-33.
Cave City (24-3) and Valley Springs (30-5) are scheduled to play at 6 Saturday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kyndall Dykes scored a career-high 27 points and T.J. Worley added 20 to lead New Orleans to a 73-63 victory over Arkansas State on Thursday night.
Dykes hit 10 of 19 from the field and seven of nine from the free-throw line for the Privateers (11-16, 6-10 Sun Belt Conference), who made 88 percent of their foul shots (22-for-25), tying their season high.
New Orleans ended a 3-game skid while winning a conference game by double figures for the first time this year.
PARAGOULD — Paragould teams eliminated Batesville in the semifinal round of the 5A-East District Tournament here Thursday.
The Paragould Junior Lady Rams outscored the Junior Lady Pioneers 22-8 in the first half and held on for a 51-36 victory.
“We hit six three pointers, with five of those coming in the fourth quarter, made a furious comeback but came up short,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said.
Maggie Beshears scored seven points to lead the Junior Lady Pioneers. They finished 15-8.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 5, 1996.
73 YEARS AGO
Alvin Eldon Hightower, 35, of Batesville, who suffered a skull fracture while working at a stave mill here Thursday morning, died at 10:55 Sunday morning at Trinity Hospital in Little Rock.
Fun, food and fellowship will be the order of the day, and night, when the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church presents its annual wild game supper and youth expo March 7.
Sporting a brand new building with plenty of space for activities, the church will again offer a variety of wild game dishes, door prizes and guest speakers.
According to Bill Barker, just one of many church members involved in the event, this year will definitely be bigger and better than ever.
MADISON (AP) — Three children died early today in a house fire in eastern Arkansas, though the mother was able to rescue an infant sibling from the flames.
The four-bedroom brick home was fully engulfed when emergency responders arrived, Madison Police Chief Jonathan Parks said.
Parks said the baby is 6 months old. The ages of the children who died was 13, 10 and 4.
“All of them, I knew well,” Parks said. “It’s a small community.”
The Grapevine Daycare Center, operating in conjunction with the New Life Family Church of God in Batesville, has a new director, Ramona A. Brewer, who is a certified child development associate.
“I just recently moved back to Cave City from El Paso (Texas) where I worked as the lead teacher with the Army Child Development Centers,” Brewer said during a recent interview.
“I graduated from Cave City High School in 1994. I have a background in child care, and experience as the owner and director of Leaps and Bounds, a home preschool program.”
SOUTHSIDE — Southside Elementary School’s 29 classes ran a contest recently to see which classroom could collect the most “wish list” items for the Humane Society of Independence County.
The contest was implemented by student Erin Lorch as an extension of a 4-H project. Erin is president of the Southside Elementary K-Kids, and the Southside K-Kids (62 student members) were involved in the entire project, from collecting and sorting the items to making the delivery to the humane society and touring the facility.
LYNN — Linda Marie Skaggs, 18, of Lynn died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009.
Born July 27, 1990, in Newport, she was the daughter of Robert Ljubas and Marie Timbs Williams. She was a senior at Hillcrest High School and an attendant for the Melba Theatre in Batesville. She was of the Baptist belief.
POCAHONTAS (AP) — Police have arrested a Hoxie teenager, suspecting him of killing his girlfriend’s father, and say the dead man’s wife helped cover up the crime.
Greg Anthony Smith, 19, was being held in the death of Ronald Dale Cathey, 51, of Pocahontas. Cathey’s body was found in the Black River near Clover Bend on Jan. 24. Cathey’s wife, Shirley Sue Cathey, 34, was being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Smith was dating the Catheys’ daughter, prosecutor Henry Boyce said.