• BHS soccer teams need time, experience, coaches say

    The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to kick off their soccer season this weekend in a 3-game-guaranteed event in Paragould, and the Lady Pioneers are to do the same the following weekend.
    Thank goodness for the opportunity to experiment, their coaches said.
    “To be honest, I really don’t know a whole lot about this team yet,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said Wednesday night. “We’ve got so many places to fill from the teams that had so much success the past two years.”

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  • Women Can Run clinics slated to start Tuesday

    The 12th Annual Women’s Running/Walking Training Clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, according to a news release.
    The “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics are a 10-week training program for runners of all levels as well as walkers and will culminate with the 5K run/walk graduation event in Conway on May 9.
    “By the end of the training clinic each participant will be able to run, run/walk or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) event.
    The clinic is held twice a week on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

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  • Series for local runners to start with Penguin 5K

    The White River Roadrunners race series is set to begin with the Penguin 5K on Feb. 28, according to a news release from Joe Pool.
    That’s the first of six races scheduled for the year. The series is designed like the Arkansas Grand Prix series, a state-wide points series, to encourage more participation, the release said.
    The other five local races in the series are the 1040 Tax Run 5K on April 11, the 4-Mile Classic Road Race (Aug. 1), the Sara Low Memorial 5K (Sept. 5), the WRMC 5K (Oct. 17) and Run Wild for a Child 5K (Nov. 14).

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  • Southerners trying to recover from graduation cuts

    SOUTHSIDE — Seven starters return from the Southerner soccer team that posted a 4-9 record last spring, but graduation cut the heart out of their offense and defense, Coach Jason Weaver said.
    “Offensively, we really lost a lot, and Tony Smith was the heart of our defense,” Weaver said.
    Jeffery Thatch and Smith were all-conference and all-state selections. Thatch scored 13 goals and chalked up five assists. Smith played center fullback when he was not playing midfield.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 4, 1996.
    73 YEARS AGO
    The condition of A.E. Hightower, 32-year-old mill worker of the Ruddell Hill community near Batesville who was seriously injured at a local lumber company Wednesday night, is critical, according to attending physicians at Trinity Hospital in Little Rock.

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  • Dig set in old case of missing woman

    SHERWOOD (AP) — Police plan to dig at a wooded site in Sherwood in the hope of finding clues in the disappearance of an Internal Revenue Service worker 23 years ago.
    Police obtained a court order to dig up what they believe is a shallow grave, located about three miles from where Darla Harper, 25, lived before she vanished. Harper’s co-workers at the IRS, where she was a personnel clerk, reported her missing March 5, 1986, after she failed to show for work.
    Harper’s 2-year-old daughter was found alone in their Gravel Ridge apartment. She was not harmed.

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  • Hannah Lay

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Hannah Eileen Townsend Lay, 75, of Mount Pleasant died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at her home.
    Born March 18, 1933, in New Jersey, she was the daughter of James and Alma Townsend. She was united in marriage to Warren Lay in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., in 1982. She was a school bus driver and retired after 18 years of employment. She attended Lafferty Community Church in Mount Pleasant.

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  • Effie Smith

    BROOKLAND — Effie L. Smith, 87, of Brookland died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in a Jonesboro hospital.
    Born June 18, 1921, in Cave City, she was the daughter of Clarence and Sarah Goodman Shirley. She was a homemaker and a member of New Antioch Baptist Church in Brookland.
    Survivors include two sons, Clarence J. Cooper of Jonesboro and Robert Smith of Leavenworth, Kan.; a brother, Charles Shirley of St. Louis; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

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  • Lillian Butler

    JONESBORO — Lillian E. Butler, 78, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, in Jonesboro.
    Born in Lake City, she lived in Jonesboro and Batesville most of her life. She worked for several years as a restaurant manager for Coleman’s Bar-B-Q in Jonesboro and Batesville. She was a member of In His Steps Ministry of Jonesboro.

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  • Service News

    Maj. Marcus Bowers was promoted by Presidential Order to lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on Feb. 1, according to a news release.
    Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, promoted Bowers in a ceremony aboard the battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Feb. 5. In attendance were over 100 military staff, friends and family members, including Bowers’ wife, Aida; children, Connor and Sara; and father, Marcus Bowers Sr., of Batesville.

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  • Charges filed in check forgery case

    Bond has been set at $50,000 for a Batesville man accused of trying to cash a check on a closed account at the drive-through window of a local bank, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.
    Bittle said employees of the bank called police when 37-year-old Fred Owen Hicks presented the check and a teller discovered the check was on a closed account.

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  • Death believed from natural causes

    The death of a 60-year-old Desha man is believed to be from natural causes, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Judy Mashburn, of 280 Brushy Road, told Deputy Randy Sharp that her husband, Paul Owen Mashburn, had been sick several weeks before he took a turn for the worse early this morning.
    According to Judy Mashburn, her husband had been to the doctor several months ago for bronchitis and had used a prescription drug at that time.

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