The Independence County Library qualifies for a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but Justice of the Peace Tony Thompson hasn’t heard whether the library is following up on the opportunity.
Thompson informed the quorum court Budget Committee Tuesday evening to a June 14 letter he had sent to White River Regional Library Director Debra Sutterfield, who oversees the Independence County Library, about the Gates Foundation.
DALLAS (AP) — A casket minus a cadaver yielded nearly 100 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop by Dallas police.
William Dale Crock of Cave City, Ark., was jailed today on $100,000 bail on a marijuana possession charge, plus traffic and seat beat violations. Records had no listing for an attorney for Crock.
Crock was arrested Wednesday when bundles of marijuana were discovered under the casket’s cover and pillow.
Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse told The Associated Press that the van turned up during surveillance on a suspected drug house.
Golf: Central Arkansas Pro/AM Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 10 a.m.
American Legion baseball: 1A Zone 2 Tournament in West Memphis (Tilden Rodgers Complex) — Batesville Citizens Bank vs. Rivercrest-Searcy winner, 5 p.m.; West Memphis at Batesville Atlas Asphalt, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
CALICO ROCK — The annual kayak or canoe race is scheduled for Saturday and there’s still time to register, according to a news release from the event organizers.
Applications and waivers are available online at www.calicorock.us. The 11-mile race down the White River begins at Red’s Landing and ends at the Calico Rock Bridge.
The kayak race begins at 11 a.m. and all kayak racers must be registered by 10:30 a.m. The canoe race is set for 3 p.m. with all canoe racers signed in before 2:30 p.m.
JONESBORO — The Batesville 11-year-old All-Star baseball team won the Jonesboro Jamboree which was held here last weekend, announced Coach Jimmy Crafton.
The same group placed second as 9- and 10-year-olds.
Batesville defeated Paragould thanks to “excellent pitching from Tristan Isley and Lucas Branscum,” Crafton said.
Nathan Robbins led the offense with a 3-for-3 outing.
Batesville then dropped Marion twice. The second game’s final was 11-0. Scores from the previous two games were not provided.
FAYETTEVILLE — It wasn’t pretty for the East All-Star softball team here Wednesday night at Bogle Park at the University of Arkansas. Then, again, it hasn’t been a good week for the East period.
The West All-Stars won the doubleheader 3-1 and 10-1. The sweep came a day after the West took two from the East in baseball and soccer. The West also won Wednesday’s volleyball match, 3-2, at Barnhill Arena.
The Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams stopped Batesville Citizens Bank in an extra-inning, American Legion regular-season finale at the Batesville Recreation Complex on Wednesday.
The 10-7 decision in eight innings ended the Bankers’ win streak at 10 and left the teams tied atop the Zone 2 1A Legion standings with 8-2 records.
MIDLAND — The students listed below made the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2008-09 school year at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, according to Donna Clark, principal:
Seventh: general — Shiloh Beck, Terri Biggers, Brian Bumpous, Evan Dunegan, Jessica Hertz, Katelyn Lewis, Erica Passmore, Ma Thoa, Brooke Williams, Julie Yang
Eighth: general — Hunter Biram, Brittany Boswell, Jaycie Burrow, Bradley Cathey, Emily Coppens, Drew Fortson, Kayne Kirk, Cassie Passmore, Laken Power, Christian Sanchez, Lexie Wood
Eight students have been awarded the Academic Distinction Scholarship to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.
Briley Elizabeth Burdin graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Charles and Jana Burdin. She plans to pursue a degree in psychology.
Jordan Burghart graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Kristi Burghart. She plans to pursue a degree in radiology.
In a world where people eat lunch at their desks, in their cars, or not at all, the lunch experience has been seriously devalued. Fortunately, there are restaurants like Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Batesville that maintain the tradition of lunch as a time for camaraderie, conversation and even a calming, relaxing experience — something you just can’t get at the drive-through.