• LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Comedian ‘not funny’

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  • Stories from grandpas

    Having written recently about the 1918 flu pandemic and its association with World War I got me to thinking about people who were soldiers in that war.
    My wife Wanda’s grandpa, the late John Brock of Alread, was one soldier who came back with a dramatic story. Since he was elderly when I met him, I don’t know for sure but I feel he probably did not tell that story much, or perhaps at all, until just a few years before his death.

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  • Area Briefs

    85-year-old bicycle rider injured in crash with car

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  • Wrestling to be in Newark

    NEWARK — ASWF Wrestling will be in Newark Friday for a benefit show at 7 p.m., according to Judy Butler.
    The show will feature the Mighty Midgets and other well-known ASWF wrestlers such as Austin Lane, Casino Kid, Ray Ray, Tommy Wayne, Johnny Hawk, Johhny Harper, Demon X, American Degenerates, Tim Hanson, Hot Rod John Ellison and a special appearance by Cedar Ridge’s own Coach Steven Gould.

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  • Employees, alma mater discussed at board meeting

    NEWARK — At a regular Cedar Ridge School Board meeting May 19, the board recognized Regional Science Fair, Arkansas Fish Art Contest and Stock Market Game participants and awardees, and commended Cheryl Toon, Amanda Wentz, Tina Foster and Regina Shaw for service to the Cedar Ridge School District.
    Andrea Stewart sang a song that the board adopted as the Cedar Ridge alma mater.

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  • Third man sought in double slaying surrenders

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State police say a third person of interest has turned himself in for questioning in the slayings of two people whose bodies were found in a vehicle on Interstate 40 in North Little Rock.
    Twenty-five-year-old Terry Dean Birts of North Little Rock was jailed Wednesday on a prior warrant for failure to appear.
    The remains of 24-year-old Ahki Hughes and 48-year-old Tammy Lawrence were found on May 9. Both suffered gunshot wounds. State police have not described as suspects Birts and two other people investigators sought.

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  • Music theater opens

    Batesville’s got talent!
    That’s something a lot of people have known for a long time, according Elmer and Debbie Cochran, who have opened a venue in downtown Batesville for that talent to be displayed.
    The Cochrans will be hosting local musical talent with the opening of Simply Southern Playhouse Friday night.

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  • First to graduate

    To say Tonya Cheslek had unresolved issues from her childhood might be putting it mildly.
    After her parents split up, she excelled at whatever she could find to get the love and attention she didn’t get at home. She rebelled, and like so many others turned to drugs, which eventually led to a vicious cycle of rehab and falling back off the wagon. Then, last year, she was sitting in a Mississippi jail, facing a possible sentence, when her family bonded her out and brought her to the tiny Swaim Hill community, which is now a home to other women who are in similar situations.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Friday
    American Legion baseball: Batesville Citizens Bank at Fat City Classic in Jonesboro — schedule to be announced
    Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8

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  • Scots build with Steele

    Michael Steele, a 6-foot guard from Little Rock, has signed to play basketball with the Lyon College Scots, according to a news release from the college.
    Steele, a 2-time all-conference performer, averaged 15 points, four rebounds and four assists per game as a point guard/shooting guard with Joe T. Robinson High School.

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  • Arkansas Fury finishes 2nd in 16, under softball tourney

    RECTOR — The Arkansas Fury 16-and-younger traveling softball placed second in the Summer Invitational Tournament here over the Memorial Day weekend, according to information provided by Dwayne Johnson.
    The Fury went 2-3 with all three losses coming against the winner, Missouri Madness.
    The first game went to Missouri 2-1 despite Hannah Burgess’ 2-hitter for Arkansas.
    The Fury won game two 10-0 against the Arctic Cats as Melbourne’s Michelle Arnold collected the win on the hill.

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  • Two Pioneer juniors named to Class 5A All-State team

    Batesville Pioneer juniors Will Lindsey and Talan Roepcke were named to the Class 5A All-State baseball team, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Lindsey helped the Pioneers to a 20-11 record and a second-place finish in the 5A-East District while posting a team-high .537 batting average with 10 home runs, four triples, 10 doubles, 50 runs batted in, 39 runs scored, 10 walks and a slugging percentage of 1.042. He also sparkled at shortstop, his coach said.

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