• Museum honors volunteers New award named for Twyla Gill Wright

    Twyla Gill Wright, volunteer curator at Old Independence Regional Museum, was the inspiration for a new award created this year for volunteers — and she was handed the first Twyla Gill Wright Award during a museum board meeting Thursday night.
    The board and museum staff had kept the creation of the award a secret from Wright.
    The surprised Wright was given a crystal bowl with the likeness of the museum building and the award title engraved on it.
    Wright was also named a Life Trustee, a title previously given to only two others — Hail Bryant and Ron Spillers.

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  • Man dies in accident

     A Batesville man was killed and a passenger injured when the motorcycle he was driving was hit head-on Tuesday afternoon.
    Arkansas State Police Trooper Russell Brinsfield said the accident occurred on Highway 69 at Newark.
    Brinsfield said 53-year-old Terry Long and his passenger, 42-year-old Anita Long, both of 60 Challenger Lane, were traveling west on Highway 69 near the Exxon station around 5:30 p.m. when their 2008 Honda Motorcycle was hit head-on by a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Brandy Mann, 23, of Newport.

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  • Photographer captures nature

    Not many people have a job that take them to the ends of the Earth, but Bob Smith is one of those few.
    He has traveled to the most remote regions of the planet, including both Alaska and Antarctica, capturing images through his work as a nature photographer that few others will witness in person.
    On Friday, he will share his images at a talk at Lyon College as part of the college’s Homecoming festivities.

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  • Flu clinics scheduled

    For the first time, Independence County will have two “drive-by shootings” to deliver free vaccinations for the seasonal flu.
    As in years past, there will be a clinic at the fairgrounds, but this year — on the same day and at the same time — there will also be a clinic at the southern end of the county. Both will be drive-through, and the fairgrounds site will have portable toilets, courtesy of A-1 Septic Tank.
    “We hope to set records” as far as the number of people getting vaccinated, said Jim Reynolds, site manager with the Department of Health.

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  • Flu clinics scheduled-Oct. 29 date set

    For the first time, Independence County will have two “drive-by shootings” to deliver free vaccinations for the seasonal flu.
    As in years past, there will be a clinic at the fairgrounds, but this year — on the same day and at the same time — there will also be a clinic at the southern end of the county. Both will be drive-through, and the fairgrounds site will have portable toilets, courtesy of A-1 Septic Tank.
    “We hope to set records” as far as the number of people getting vaccinated, said Jim Reynolds, site manager with the Department of Health.

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  • Watch party set for UA-Ole Miss

    An Arkansas-Ole Miss watch party is set for Saturday for members of the Independence County Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association, according to a news release from Gayle Ross.
    The event is to begin 30 minutes prior to kickoff at Josie’s At The Lockhouse. Door prizes will be awarded.
    Alumni are asked to RSVP by Friday by e-mailing jamesross1@suddenlink.net. For more information, call Ross at (870) 793-9079 or e-mail to the above address.

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  • Sports briefs

    College football
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers who have been trying to prod college football to replace the Bowl Championship Series with a playoff system now have the Washington equivalent of a booster club: a political action committee.

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  • Cave City men win at Speedy’s

    NEWPORT — Jerry Taylor and Bobby Hooker, both of Cave City, were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
    Taylor beat Joe Williams down the line in the main event of the foot brake division. Don Stitcher, also of Cave City, was third.
    Hooker was quicker than Evening Shade’s Johnny Van Taylor in the super pro division.
    The street division winner was Gary Spicer, followed by Batesville’s Paige Walls. Jon Dunn was third.

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  • Hillcrest 57, Maynard 45

    MAYNARD — In another season opener, the visiting Junior Screamin’ Eagles won as Colman Evans scored 14 points, Hunter Nunnally added 11 points and Corey Richey snared 13 rebounds.
    Maynard won the seventh-grade boys game 42-19.
    The Junior Lady Tigers won by the same score. Shae Durham scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds for Hillcrest. Lindsey Crews collected eight steals.

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  • Izard County, Flippin split cage openers

    FLIPPIN — Izard County and Flippin split season-opening junior high basketball games here Monday night.
    The visiting Junior Cougars won 37-27 as Trenton Hatman scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots.
    Marcus Ragsdale scored 15 points in a losing effort.
    The Junior Lady Bobcats won 41-26. Jessica Moore scored 12 points for the visitors. Makayla Gross added 10 for the Junior Lady Cougars.
    In seventh-grade action, Izard County’s girls won but a score was not available.

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  • Batesville’s eighth-graders down Wynne in football

    The Batesville eighth-grade football team defeated Wynne 24-8 in Pioneer Stadium on Monday night.
    Joey Rodriguez opened the scoring for Batesville with a 7-yard run. Peyton Richardson ran in the 2-point conversion.
    Peter Roulier was next with a 14-yard burst and Rodriguez added the 2-pointer.
    Batesville’s last strike was a 69-yard run by Richardson. Jalen Meadows crossed the line for 2.
    All of Batesville’s scoring came in the first half.
    The seventh-graders played two games and split. Scores were not provided.

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  • Conway Christian ousts Cedar Ridge, gets by Cave City

    CONWAY — The Conway Christian Lady Eagles shined in front of their home-court crowd in the opening rounds of the Class 3A-Central District Volleyball Tournament on Monday.
    First, the Lady Eagles eliminated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves then upset the Cave City Cavewomen to advance to today’s championship match with top-seeded Conway St. Joseph.
    Cedar Ridge advanced to the quarterfinal match after defeating Rose Bud 25-12, 25-17, 25-18.

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