Lyon College and Southside provided the only games in town and, for that matter, out of town.
Rain and wet fields resulted in the cancelation of all other baseball and softball games scheduled for the weekend. The Lyon College Scots hosted Cumberland for a 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball set, the Pipers visited Tennessee for conference contests with Cumberland and Trevecca Nazarene and Southside hosted Cave City in high school softball (reports on those games are on this page and page 18).
Angie Brooks won the City Tournament singles bowling title and helped Pocket Change Amusements win the team title at Hollywood Bowl.
Brooks won the singles crown with a 747 series. Shara Reinhardt finished 20 pins back. She was followed by Tonya Coldwell (703), Gerry Thomas (700), Cheryl Lewis (684) and Patti Callahan (674).
Brooks and Sonia Coldwell, Jan Wilson and Sue Billings won the team title with a 2,581 series. Furniture for Less, with keglers Cheryl Lewis, Chara Shetron, Callahan and Gina Mynatt, finished second with a 2,558.
The Cumberland Bulldogs, and a slippery field, bit the Lyon Scots in TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball action over the weekend at Scots Field.
Cumberland overcame a 6-3 deficit in the series opener Saturday, got a lucky break, and went on to take an 11-10, extra-innings win. The Bulldogs followed that with a 13-1, run-ruled victory and then took Sunday’s lone game 6-1.
ALMA — Joseph Doyle Wehunt, 78, of Alma died Friday, March 27, 2009, at his home.
Born April 16, 1930, he was the son of Edward Gayle Wehunt and Addie Pearl Greene Wehunt. He was a minister for 57 years and pastored several churches in Arkansas and Mississippi. He was a member of Central Missionary Baptist Church and Antioch Masonic Lodge No. 241.
CUSHMAN — Gary D. Franks Sr., 61, of Cushman died Saturday, March 28, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Oct. 12, 1947, in Dyess, he was the son of Billy Guinn Franks and Mary Kathleen Elizabeth Wiyott Franks. He was retired from A-1 Heating and Air. He was of the Baptist faith.
Elmer Ray Wade, 64, of Batesville died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at his home.
Born Aug. 13, 1944, in Izard County, he was the son of William Warren Wade and Avanell Irene Smith Wade. He was retired from Hipp Lumber Company and was a member of Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Glenda Coke, 69, of Batesville died Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Batesville.
Born March 4, 1940, in West Helena, she was the daughter of Jesse and Vertie McCowen Crabtree. She was retired from Dickinson High School as a cafeteria worker.
Survivors include two sons, Donnie Coke of Houston and Jesse Martin of Southaven, Miss.; a daughter, Traci Whitt of Batesville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Jesse Crabtree.
MELBOURNE — Margie Ann Coleman Owens Campbell, 101, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, in Melbourne.
Born Jan. 22, 1908, in Gid, she was the daughter of P.A. “Buck” Coleman and Viola Warnett Coleman. She was united in marriage to Bill Owens. After his death, she married Leonard Campbell. She was a homemaker and a member of Guion Full Gospel Church.
Lester Harris, 89, of Batesville died Thursday, March 26, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
Born May 30, 1919, in Aleab, Texas, he was the son of Bud and Ida Driskill Harris. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he drove tanks. He was a retired heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post No. 114 and enjoyed fishing, yard work and visiting.
A warrant for theft by receiving has been issued for a 55-year-old Smithville man for allegedly selling stolen Entergy wire to a local scrap yard.
In an affidavit filed in the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s office, Sheriff’s Detective Brent Everett said he went to J.W. & Sons Scrap yard north of Batesville after getting a call that someone had sold nearly 100 pounds of copper wire that appeared to be stolen.
Early morning activity at a local city park caught the eye of a patrolling deputy today, resulting in an 18-year-old driver’s going to jail.
Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he was on patrol near the entrance to Kennedy Park around 12:30 a.m. when he noticed a white pickup enter the park and proceed to the east end of the park.
“The truck then made two tight circles before traveling back towards my location,” Friar said.