National Travel and Tourism Week takes place May 9 to 17, and local celebrations are planned, according ot Cathy Drew, executive director of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council.
The annual tourism week event is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide, Drew said. The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. The theme of this year’s week is “Travel Matters.”
A 32-year-old Melbourne man died near Batesville Sunday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a rocky cliff, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes.
In his report, Hughes said that around 6 a.m. Corey D. Masson was driving his 2006 Chevrolet south on Highway 69 near Limedale Road when he failed to negotiate a curve.
Masson then reportedly lost control of his car, left the roadway and struck the rocky bluff.
SOUTHSIDE — Some walked and some ran, while some opted to be pushed in their strollers or pulled in their Radio Flyer wagons.
While the modes were many, the reason only numbered one for those young and old who turned out for the annual March for Babies walk at Southside’s Stewart Field on Saturday.
Gov. Mike Beebe will be in Batesville May 30 for the fourth annual Unity Fest on the River, and the truck that will be given away that day has been signed by Mark Martin.
Unity Fest, which will be at Riverside Park, is a fundraiser for John 3:16 Ministries, men’s residential spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions.
Last year, about 1,200 people attended the event, and John 3:16 director Bryan Tuggle said this year the camp’s catering crew is planning for 3,500.
Golf: Citizens Bank Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 9 a.m.
College softball: Freed-Hardeman at Lyon, doubleheader, 2 p.m.
College baseball: Lyon at Trevecca Nazarene (Nashville, Tenn.), 2 p.m. High school track and field: Southside at Heber Springs, 3:30 p.m.
Junior high track and field: Southside at Pepsi Junior Pioneer Relays at Pioneer Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
Region tournament action is set to begin Saturday and the Guard-circulation area is hosting two.
Melbourne will be the site for the Class 2A North Region Tournament while at the same time, Izard County will be hosting the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament in Brockwell.
In Melbourne, Salem and Riverside are set to get the day started at noon. Melbourne and Buffalo Island Central will follow around 1:45 and the second half of the day will feature Cedar Ridge versus Marked Trees and Midland vs. Marmaduke.
The Batesville Pioneers swept the Little Rock Christian Warriors 6-4 and 17-7 Thursday at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
In the opener, Erik Vaughn got the Pioneers started with a single. Jake Palese followed with the same and then Will Lindsey singled in Vaughn.
Ryan Coles hit a 3-run homer to put the home team up 4-0 in the first inning. He later gave all three back with an abysmal pitching performance in the sixth inning.
Batesville added two more runs in the second inning when Lindsey homered in Talan Roepcke, who had singled.
Kevin Jarrat led a quartet of White River Roadrunners in the HMG Family Fit 5K in Jonesboro last weekend.
Jarrat, a 50-year-old runner from Searcy, finished seventh overall, completing the 5-kilometer race in 21 minutes.
The overall winners were Joseph Pearce and Joanna Huck, both of Jonesboro. Their times were 18:04 and 21:50, respectively.
The other local runners and their results were: Robert Barber, 16th, 21:42; Jennifer Dorris, 25th, 23:05; and Dana Barber, 97th, 29:49.
A tryout for Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams is set for May 17 at the Batesville Recreation Complex, Coach Kirk Kelley said.
Athletes 19 years old and younger are eligible. The tryout is to start at 2 p.m.
For more information, call Kelley at 307-7337.
LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway has announced that tonight’s admission is $15 per car load, as opposed to the typical $10 per ticket.
“Bring out the whole family for only $15 a carload,” BMS co-owner Connie Starr said. “That’s for a car, truck, bus, whatever. It’s only $15 per vehicle.”
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing is set to begin at 8. For more information, call the speedway at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
BEEBE — The Southside Lady Southerners got in a final tune-up game here Thursday as they visited the Class 5A Beebe Lady Badgers.
The game was quickly put together because Searcy couldn’t make the trip to Beebe for the originally-scheduled contest.
The Lady Badgers led 11-4 headed into the final inning of their Senior Day contest, but self destructed and watched as Southside chipped away to tie it and for an extra inning. Southside went on to win 13-11.