A while back I told how I came to be cursed. Well cursed might be a little harsh. Blessed, maybe? As a cat person, that is.
My childhood is filled with memories of kittens and cats. That first kitten my mother got me for Christmas I dubbed Tinker Bell, having recently seen the Peter Pan movie. My red-haired sister, always having a strong opinion even at the age of four, preferred Shooting Star, for some obscure reason. So the poor little thing answered to two names.
Change is good.
I’m talking about the change that jingles in your pocket or coin purse — not an alteration of our lives. Although sometimes that kind of change can be good while other times it’s not, I am saving my change (quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies) for a long-term goal: A second honeymoon on our 20th anniversary to Hawaii.
CAVE CITY — Residents and visitors to Cave City should not be alarmed by sirens and emergency vehicles in action at 10 a.m. Thursday near and on the school campus, Fire Chief Ronny Milligan said.
The vehicles and emergency workers will be responding to a mock accident on Cave City High School’s back parking lot, he said.
“The fire department is setting up a realistic scene using real cars and real ‘patients’ to show the high school students the consequences of drinking and driving,” Milligan said.
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s annual Renaissance Days start Friday with area high school competitions.
This year’s theme is “Arts and Crafts in the Renaissance Marketplace.” Area high schools will compete in the following: quiz bowl, carving contest, costume contest, banner contest, scavenger hunt, tug o’ war and a cooking contest. Activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 2:15 p.m.
CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON — Proving that good things come in threes, a set of triplets from El Dorado has joined the Arkansas Army National Guard, pledging to “defend the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Arkansas against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
Joshua, John and Jacob Temple, all 17, took the oath of enlistment March 30 at the Military Enlistment Processing Station in Little Rock as their parents looked on.
Melbourne — The field has narrowed to seven candidates as Ozarka College in Melbourne continues its search process for a new president.
Chaired by Karla Rush, the presidential selection committee met Monday and narrowed the list from 59.
“Seven candidates will be interviewed by the search committee,” Rush said. “One or more may be recommended by the search committee to meet with the Board of Trustees.”
Of the seven, one candidate is an in-house applicant, while another is from the neighboring Batesville School District.
ASH FLAT — Former Sharp County Office of Emergency Services coordinator Peter “Pete” Reilly Jr. was charged Monday in circuit court with two counts of rape and four counts of sexual indecency with a child, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.
Reilly, 64, was the county’s office of emergency services coordinator for 26 years before resigning about a year ago. He was still serving as county fire services coordinator when the charges were filed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon Pipers started the TranSouth Athletic Conference season off right with a 3-win weekend.
They defeated Trevecca Nazarene 5-3 in the Music City on Saturday and concluded with a doubleheader sweep over the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs (6-1, 16-5) Sunday in Lebanon, Tenn.
“Saturday, we came out strong and Faith Richmond pitched a good game,” Lyon Coach Jason Miner said. “I told them all year that if we have a pitcher who gives up just three runs, we should win the game.”
Junior high track and field: Batesville and Southside seventh-graders at Heber Springs, 3:30 p.m.
High school baseball: Mayflower varsity and junior varsity vs. Batesville at Lyon College, 4 p.m.; First Community Bank Pioneer Classic (1A-4A Division) at Batesville Recreation Complex — Newport vs. Walnut Ridge, 4, Marked Tree vs. South Side-Bee Branch, 6, Bald Knob vs. Harding Academy 6; Cushman at Izard County (Brockwell), 3:30; Cedar Ridge at Midland (Pleasant Plains), 4, Concord at Mount Vernon-Enola, 4
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne High School Bearkatz baseball season is over.
Tim Massey, the school’s athletic director, confirmed last week that the school had disbanded the program for this spring due to a shortage of players.
“We just did not have enough kids to continue,” he said. “It is, I’m sure, just a temporary setback. We’re hoping to be back stronger than ever with a team next season.”
SOUTHSIDE — Rachel Teffs hit a 1-out, tie-breaking, 2-run double in the fifth inning here Friday as the Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Cave City Cavewomen 6-4.
The score was tied 3-3 after four innings. Southside was the visiting team because the game was originally scheduled for Cave City. It was moved to Southside due to wet field conditions.
Haley Mourer pitched the win and helped her cause with two hits. Lunden Roberts and Teffs drove in two runs apiece for 5-7 Southside.