• Man drowns after being swept from truck

    The body of a man swept from a truck by floodwaters shortly after midnight was found about 7:45 this morning in the Webber’s Chapel area, Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers said.
    Dead is 38-year-old Eric Brashers of Batesville.
    Bowers said it rained all during the seven-hour search, sometimes heavily and sometimes lightly.

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  • Scots score late, edge Eagles 1-0

    Robert Hall’s game-winning goal late in the second half gave the Lyon College Scots a 1-0 victory over the Williams Baptist Eagles Wednesday in a boggy nonconference match at Huser Field.
    Hall’s goal, his third of the season, sailed past WBC goalkeeper Lance Cummings. Daniel Young got the assist in the 81st minute.
    “It was a game where our opponent committed to putting as many people behind the ball as possible,” Scot Coach Brett Parker said. “We showed some resilience and finally broke through.”

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  • Eagles bringing top-rated defense to Batesville

    This time, it’s survival time for both teams.
    When the Greene County Tech Eagles visit the Batesville Pioneers Friday night, they will represent half of the teams tied for second in the 5A-East District high school football standings.
    The Wynne Yellowjackets and West Helena Cougars are the other two teams with 3-2 district marks.
    The Blytheville Chickasaws are 2-3 and not out of the mix. The Forrest City Mustangs lead with a 5-0 district record.

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  • Earle forfeits to Cave City

    The Cave City-at-Earle junior high football game which was scheduled for tonight has been forfeited by the Junior Bulldogs due to a lack of players, Cave City Coach Travis Stewart said.
    The coach received a call from Earle’s athletic director around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Injuries, illness and unwilling participants are the culprits. The Junior Bulldogs began the season with 29 players. Only three showed up for practice Tuesday.
    The Junior Cavemen are credited with the win, their only one this season. They finished 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the Class 3A-3 District.

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  • Cavemen, Mustangs still looking for ticket to playoffs

    The Cave City Cavemen and Hoxie Mustangs are set to meet Friday night for a 3A-3 District high school football showdown.
    Four teams are 4-1 in the district standings. Hoxie is a game behind at 3-2. If Hoxie beats Cave City, it would hold the tie-breaker unless the Cavemen can get by Earle in week 10. Only four 3A-3 teams advance to the state playoffs.
    “It’s sad that we have to go at least 8-2 (overall) to make the playoffs,” Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said. “Unfortunately, there will be a good team in our conference sitting at home come playoff time.”

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  • Walmart starts selling caskets, urns online

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The world’s largest retailer wants to keep its customers even after they die.
    Walmart has started selling caskets on its Web site at prices that undercut many funeral homes, long the major seller of caskets.
    The move follows a similar one by discount rival Costco, which also sells caskets on its site.
    Walmart, based in Bentonville, Ark., quietly put up about 15 caskets and dozens of urns on its Web site last week.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 11, 1996.
    73 YEARS AGO
    Bishop John M. Moore of Dallas, Texas, arrived here at 1:30 this afternoon to conduct a cabinet meeting with eight presiding elders of the North Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Church in the home of Mrs. I.N. Barnett. Here for the annual Methodist conference, he will be a guest in the Barnett home during the meeting.

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  • WRMC wound center celebrates anniversary

    White River Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center celebrated its fifth anniversary by hosting a free wound care seminar on Wednesday at the WRMC Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging Conference Center.

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  • Killer sentenced to life in prison

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man convicted of killing a North Little Rock man during a robbery and wounding the victim’s stepfather has been sentenced to life in prison.
    A Pulaski County jury deliberated for about 30 minutes Wednesday before finding 26-year-old Michael “M.J.” Jackson guilty of capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery.
    Jackson was charged in the shooting death of Shawn Bisbee and the wounding of David Rogers.
    Authorities say Bisbee was beaten, stabbed in the back and his throat was cut before he was shot in the head.

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  • Lawn-gear maker to merge sites

    NASHVILLE (AP) — Outdoor power-equipment maker Husqvarna, with manufacturing plants at Nashville and De Queen in southwest Arkansas, says it will consolidate the two operations at the Nashville plant next year, and the De Queen site will become a warehouse.
    The company based at Stockholm, Sweden, said in a news release that the transfer of De Queen’s manufacturing operations to Nashville will begin in June 2010.

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  • Woman found dead in spillway

    CANFIELD (AP) — Authorities in Lafayette County have recovered the body of a woman whose friend told police she vanished as they rode air mattresses over the Lake Erling spillway at dusk.
    Sheriff’s deputies identified the victim as 30-year-old Devan LeAnn Burge of Shongaloo in nearby Webster Parish, La. Her body was found Wednesday morning in a tangle of trees about 70 yards below the spillway. Burge disappeared at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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  • Airline to return jets to LR

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — American Airlines is bringing mainline jet service back to Little Rock National Airport.
    The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline confirmed Wednesday it will begin using McDonnell Douglas MD-80s in April on four daily American Eagle flights between Little Rock and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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