A benefit softball tournament for Tammy Thomas of Magness, who lost her sons in a September fire, has been scheduled for Saturday at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
Events kick off at 9 a.m. and 10 teams are scheduled to play. Activities will include raffles and a bake sale. Proceeds will be donated to Thomas.
When the late Wilson Powell and the late Clyde McGinnis became founders and driving forces behind the Independence County Historical Society, they and other charter members probably did not foresee just how successful their new organization would be, President George Lankford said.
Now, half a century later, that is evident.
Powell, working from his position at the Batesville Daily Guard, was treasurer for many years and McGinnis was a longtime editor of the society’s publication, the Independence County Chronicle.
Batesville Schools’ hopes of being approved for a $350,000 charter grant will have to wait.
In an effort to gain more public support and input, the district has decided not to apply for the five-year trial grant for its junior high, which, if approved by the State Board of Education, would have gone into effect in the 2010-11 school year.
While the benefits of a charter status is something the district stands behind, Superintendent Ted Hall also understands the importance of having a community standing behind what it sees as something positive for both students and teachers.
Second in the state, 11th in the nation, first in the world.
It’s been quite a year for the Eagle Mountain Magnet archery team. Just ask Susan Parker.
“It wasn’t what I expected, that’s for sure,” the coach said with a laugh when asked about her team’s first-year success.
On Sunday the group of more than 20 archers won the National Archery in the Schools Program world tournament in Orlando, Fla., beating out more than 500 other archers from 18 states and Canada with a score of 3,149 points out of a possible 3,600, including 106 bull’s-eyes.
Numbers can be instructive. Take a look at these:
The Batesville Pioneers managed to get out of Wynne last fall with a 14-12 victory despite being doubled in first downs (16-8) and more than doubled in rushing yards (307-109) and offensive plays (63-29).
Even more telling are these:
That loss to the Pioneers last October made the Yellowjackets 0-4 in the 5A-East District and 0-7 overall. Four weeks later they were 3-4, 3-7 and in the state playoffs.
Batesville Coach Dave King said it best about the resilient ’Jackets.
CAVE CITY — The Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs finished the conference season with an unblemished record after sweeping the Cave City Cavewomen (9-3) in a senior high volleyball match here Wednesday night.
St. Joseph and Cave City finished 1-2 in the conference.
CSJ won Wednesday’s meeting 25-23, 25-11, 25-16.
“The first game was awesome all the way around, but our balloon popped after that,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said.
The bar has risen for the unbeaten Cave City Cavemen (6-0) as the Rivercrest Colts (5-1) make the 128-mile gallop from near the banks of the Mississippi River.
Each team is 3-0 in the 3A-3 District, but most will argue Cave City’s opponents to this point have been much weaker than what Rivercrest has gone up against. Cave City Coach Jon Bradley is among them.
Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in a 300-mile, all-day ride through some of the most beautiful country in Arkansas on Saturday by being at Hawg’s Exxon in Batesville about 8 a.m. The riders will leave at 9.
The ride is free.
“We’ll ride to Cliff House south of Jasper on Highway 7,” Barnett said. “We’ll eat at Cliff House. Then we will take Highway 14 and come back through Snowball to (highway) 65. It’s about 150 miles up there and 150 back.
Batesville Schools will recognize area businesses, law enforcement, community leaders and West Magnet Elementary archery team world champions with a luncheon and presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at West Magnet Elementary.
Directly following the recognitions, the school board will meet for its regular monthly meeting, which is being held earlier so Superintendent Ted Hall and members can attend the Arkansas School Boards Association meeting in White County later that evening.
West is located at 850 Hill St. Meetings are open to the public.
The Independence County Sheriff’s Office budget came under scrutiny Tuesday night by the county’s law enforcement committee, made up of quorum court members.
The sheriff’s proposed county budget for 2010 totaled $1,180,663. Most recent figures show that the sheriff’s department has spent 78 percent of its 2009 budget of $1,260,345.
After a review of the 2010 budget proposal, and asking questions about several line items, committee chairman Waymon Long told Sheriff Keith Bowers, “I feel you are about $10,000 fat, but I don’t think you are way out of line.”
Zelma Wilkes, 96, of Batesville died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in a Batesville nursing home.
Born Feb. 26, 1913, at Maxville, she was the daughter of John Mac and Allie Gammill Wilkerson. She was a retired telephone operator and a homemaker. She was a member of Matlock Road Church of God.
Survivors include three daughters, Maxine Woods of Velvet Ridge and Glenda Mills and Geraldine Downs, both of Batesville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.