• Area Briefs

    Local cheerleaders to march in Macy’s parade

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  • Plant to add 75 jobs

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — As many as 75 new jobs could be added next year at a ConAgra plant producing frozen meals, officials say.
    Bob Kula, ConAgra Foods Inc.’s communications director, said the company based at Omaha, Neb., plans to invest up to $92 million in its plant on U.S. 64 on Russellville’s east side.
    A news release from the company said the plant currently has a workforce of about 1,300 people.
    The new jobs will be almost all production-based, Kula said.

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  • Nurse jailed for DWI

     Dressed in her bed clothes and claiming she was on her way to Little Rock to help a friend, a Salem woman was arrested in Batesville on several traffic violations early Friday morning.
    Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said a Sharp County reserve deputy called police dispatch around 1 a.m. to report a possible drunk driver in a white Mercury Mountaineer swerving from white line to white line on Highway 167 north of Batesville.

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  • Abuse victims benefit from couple’s support

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The Engles’ story began more than 20 years ago in Tulsa, Okla., when David worked as a sales manager and Beverly baked chocolate-chip cookies as a stay-at-home mom.
    That all changed when Beverly began to volunteer with local court systems, and with abused children and mothers, to help get them out of bad situations.
    “We were working with the court systems and with these precious children and thought, ‘Where do these people go to get well?”’ David Engles said.

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  • Death ruled suicide

     The death of Southside Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Holman Saturday morning has been ruled a suicide, according to Independence County authorities.
    A call came into Batesville 911 around 6:12 a.m. reporting a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 889 State St. in west Batesville.
    When police arrived they found Stacey Dawn Holman, an employee of Vital Link ambulance service, giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation to her husband, 31-year-old Chris Holman, who was lying on the front porch of the home and bleeding from a wound to his head.

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  • Pioneer runs to top for East All-Stars

    Tim Hughes, Batesville High School’s all-time leading rusher, moved his name to the top of another high school football list.
    Tonight, the 6-foot, 185-pounder will start at running back for the East in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game at Tiger Stadium on the Bentonville High School campus. Kickoff is set for 7.

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  • West moves to 9-0 with basketball sweep

    FAYETTEVILLE — The West continued its dominance of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games with a basketball sweep over the East Thursday night in the University of Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena.
    The West won the girls game 80-65. The West boys took the nightcap 101-88.
    Cave City graduate Amelia Bray was a member of the West squad. She was the only player on the West who didn’t score a basket, but she did contribute on both ends of the court. Bray was credited with two assists on offense and was her typical pesky self on defense.

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  • Arkansas Fury softball team qualifies for national tourney

    A softball team made up of local and area players recently qualified for a national tournament by finishing second in a tourney in Covington, Tenn.
    Arkansas Fury, a United Southern Girls Fastpitch 18-and-under team, went 4-3 in the Crack of The Bat Invitational, a 12-team event with a pool play and double-elimination formats.
    After falling 5-1 to the Dixie Diamonds in an opener, the Fury defeated the Heartbreakers 4-1, the Mississippi Eclipse 7-1 and Mr. Trophy-Rabe 3-2.

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  • Carpenter builds big lead in BMS standings

    LOCUST GROVE — Except for Andy Carpenter, all the rest of the Batesville Motor Speedway points leaders are keeping a close eye in their rear view mirrors.
    Carpenter’s lead in the factory stock point race is 132 points. According to the BMS points standings, Carpenter has accumulated 342 points. Heath Grizzle is the distant second-place driver.
    The rest of the top drivers — Joe Payne (street stock), Brandon Smith (modified), Joe Forman (economy modified), Jason Wilkey (crate late models) and Ronnie Jones (front wheel drive) — lead by no more

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  • Writer gives ABC’s of managing your land for quail

    When Grandpa was a kid, there were lots of quail. Subsistence farming was the way things were done, and there was a family on every 40.
    Each had a cornfield, a garden, a few small row-crop fields, a pond, a cow pasture, a weed-grown junkpile and probably a woodlot.
    Fields were small and odd-shaped, turnrows and field borders were uneven and weedy, and in general everything was close together and a little shaggy. And almost every 40-acre farm had four or five coveys of “birds.”

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  • Bertha McSpadden

    LITTLE ROCK — Bertha Gay McSpadden, 78, of Little Rock, formerly of Mount Pleasant, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, in Little Rock.
    Born Aug. 28, 1930, at Mount Pleasant, she was the daughter of Aubrey and Willie Kirks McSpadden. She was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and Capital City Business College. She worked for 34 years as a cashier at Campbell’s 66 Express Truck Line.
    Survivors include a sister, Neva Wayman of Little Rock; and a niece, Sandra Stafford of West Palm Beach, Fla.

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  • Sharon Litaker

    FLORAL — Sharon Lee Litaker, 56, of Floral died today, June 26, 2009, at her home.
    Born April 15, 1953, in Chicago, she was the daughter of James Monroe and Irene Truschke Beard. She was of the Lutheran faith.

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