• Hollywood needs a remake

    I thought it was pretty bad when I heard that Hollywood was doing a remake of “Footloose.”
    True, I used to think Kevin Bacon was hot stuff (I am an ’80s girl, after all) and sang loudly and off-key whenever anything from the soundtrack came on the radio, but that does not mean I think the movie is overdue for a remake.

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  • City sues Pilgrim’s Pride

    LITTLE ROCK — The city of Clinton sued Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. for $28.5 million in federal court on Monday, accusing the poultry processor of potentially turning the city into a ghost town by idling its plant there.
    The north Arkansas city filed a complaint against Pilgrim’s Pride in federal bankruptcy court in Fort Worth, Texas, and accused the company of trying to manipulate the price of chicken by idling some of its processing plants.

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  • CD highlights Arkansas

    Singer-songwriter Jim Hightower writes and records songs about Arkansas. He has just finished a new recording, “More Arkansas Stories in Song,” set to be available in Arkansas State Park gift shops by mid June.
    “I like to think of my music as old time, down home, real life stories of real people,” Hightower said.
    This is his second recording focusing on songs about the state. He also wrote and recorded “Arkansas Stories in Song” and the sounds of guitar, banjo, mandolin and hammered-dulcimer are plentiful on both compilations.

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  • Board OKs building, nixes produce stand

    The Batesville Board of Adjustments Monday night continued its firm stand on controlling produce stands inside the city limits.
    Rodney Shetron came before the board asking for a conditional use permit to allow a drive-up, open-air produce stand behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars club at the corner of Chaney and Myers streets.
    “Why wouldn’t you want to use the farmer’s market?” commission chairwoman Carma Osborn asked, referring to city facilities across the street from the VFW.

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  • 100-plus mph chase leads to trauma center

    ASH FLAT — The occupants of a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant that led officers across parts of two counties at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour Saturday night are both in Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.
    The driver, 30-year-old Cody Smith of Missouri, wrecked the car just south of the Piney Creek bridge at Evening Shade. The Galant wound up in a ravine and was not found for about an hour.

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  • $101,000 raised Unity Fest well attended

    In just four years, Unity Fest on the River has become one of the biggest fundraisers for a nonprofit organization in Independence County.
    Saturday’s event raised $101,000 for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual-based boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions, and drew probably 4,000 people, John 3:16 director Bryan Tuggle estimated.
    Gov. Mike Beebe was among those at Riverside Park in Batesville, on hand with other dignitaries to help give away a new 2009 red Ford Ranger Sport pickup truck autographed by Mark Martin, one of three big prizes.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Today
    American Legion baseball: Jonesboro Ricemen at Batesville Atlas Asphalt, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.; Batesville Citizens Bank at West Memphis, doubleheader, 5

     

    Tuesday
    American Legion baseball: Paragould at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.
    Golf: The Course at Eagle Mountain Match Play Tournament, schedule to be announced

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  • Spots still open in football camp

    Room is still available in the Pioneer Trailblazer Football Camp, Batesville Coach Dave King said.
    The camp is broken into two sessions and the camp for boys in grades 4-6 was scheduled to start this morning and run through Thursday. The second session is for boys grades 7-9 and slated to begin next Monday and run five days.

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  • Piper named to all-region team

    Lyon College outfielder/shortstop Kristi Keller was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s All-Southwest Region first team, according to a release on the NFCA’s Web site.
    Keller, a sophomore outfielder/shortstop from Huffman, Texas, led the Pipers with a .374 batting average this season. She was second on the team in runs scored with 35. Keller was first on the team in hits with 55, tied for third with 25 RBI and was credited with nine doubles, two triples and two home runs.

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  • Lyon’s Neal, D’Amico picked for NAIA awards

    Lyon College first baseman Sam Neal was selected National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Honorable Mention All-American and Scots’ center fielder Nick D’Amico was named to the Rawlings NAIA Gold Glove squad, according to a news release from the college.

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  • Bankers begin with winning Legion weekend

    JONESBORO — Batesville’s youngest American Legion baseball team lost its season-opener this past weekend in the Fat City Classic, but it showed promise, its coach said.
    Dyersburg, Tenn., the eventual tournament runner-up, edged Citizens Bank 10-8 in Arkansas State University’s Tomlinson Stadium on Friday night.
    Saturday, the Bankers struck back at Nettleton High School, clobbering Rivercrest 14-2 in a run-ruled four innings, then they battled by Tuckerman 4-3.

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  • Surprising source throws 1-hitter as Razorbacks roll to region crown

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Drew Smyly told Arkansas coaches that he wanted to pitch Sunday night in the championship round of the NCAA tournament’s Norman Regional, but they waffled in granting that request.
    Coach Dave Van Horn decided Saturday night to throw Smyly, then slept on that decision before making it final on Sunday morning, figuring that Smyly “will give us three or four quality innings and we’ll go from there.”

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