The Lyon Pipers are doing the right things at the right times and it’s taken the squad from a less than mediocre existence to a contender in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
The Pipers’ latest feat came Monday night in Becknell Gymnasium when they stunned another nationally ranked team. Lyon shocked the No. 19 Lady Wildcats of Bethel 85-84 in overtime. In their previous meeting, Bethel blasted Lyon 70-47 in McKenzie, Tenn.
The first of two registration days for Independence County Youth Athletic Association summer baseball and softball leagues is set for Saturday, announced T.J. Palese.
Registrations will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. at the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The same site and time will be used to register on Feb. 28.
The entry fees for children from 5 to 16 years old are $50 for one child, $95 for two and $135 for three.
For more information, call John Hayes (501) 412-2943 or Palese (870) 834-6298.
The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Searcy Lions for a benefit high school baseball scrimmage on Thursday, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
Proceeds from the scrimmage will go to the Arkansas Activities Association Catastrophic Insurance Fund. The admission price is $4 for students and adults.
The Pioneers are scheduled to open their regular season Feb. 25 in Mountain Home with varsity and junior varsity games.
SOUTHSIDE — All the top seeds advanced here Monday night in the 4A-2 District Tournament, and one of the host teams was included.
The fifth-seeded Southside Southerners downed the eighth-seeded DeWitt Dragons 44-30 as Mikey Fulcher poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Garrett Batterton added 15 points and Ryan Mesa contributed three steals.
The Southerners outscored the Dragons 14-5 in the fourth quarter as they hit 10 of 10 free throws. For the game, the Southerners were a perfect 19 of 19 at the charity stripe.
Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 29, 1996.
73 YEARS AGO
Word has been received in Batesville of the death of A.B. Matheny, a former Batesville resident and hotel operator, at his home in Pleasanton, Texas, Wednesday morning. Mr. Matheny, who is a brother of I.J. Matheny of Batesville and G.H. Matheny of Maxville, was proprietor of the Matheny Hotel of Batesville, located where the Barnett Hotel now stands.
ASH FLAT — After 20 years of leading First National Banking Company’s lending division, John Thornton recently announced his retirement as a full-time employee, said Clark Sanders, director of marketing.
Thornton plans to work part-time for FNBC this year, said FNBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martin Carpenter.
“We’re excited for John. He will be relocating to be close to his family in Northwest Arkansas. He will continue to work for FNBC on a part-time basis during 2009 to help transition to his successor.”
Touted by its owners as the newest and most comfortable business of its type in town, OrigiNails & Spa is now open for business at 2397 Harrison St. in Batesville.
“When the client steps through the door I want them to see the difference,” said Kim Tu, owner/manager of OrigiNails & Spa.
“The difference is not only in the decor, but the personal attention, friendlier service we offer and the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere where they know they are special,” she said during a recent interview.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Lyon College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.
LITTLE ROCK — Investigators searching for a missing 3-year-old boy say they have exhausted almost all their leads, and on Monday called on the public to come forward with any information that could be related to the case.
CAVE CITY — Mary E. Pearce, 83, of Cave City died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, in a Searcy hospital.
Born June 17, 1925, in Royal, she was the daughter of John and Mary Muzik Weatherford. She had worked at UniFirst in Cave City and was a “granny” at Cave City Elementary School. She was a member of East Side Southern Baptist Church in Cave City.
Survivors include a grandson, Yancy Branscum of Pleasant Plains; and two great-grandsons, Marshall Branscum and Trace Branscum, both of Pleasant Plains.