NEWPORT — After a loved one dies, the holidays are tough, especially that first year.
To help family and friends cope, Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home will host its ninth annual Holiday Memorial Program at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Jan Jackson Maris created the program in 2001 to help families remember their loved one. The first year about 40 people came, but now the event averages about 100 people in attendance.
The program is open to everyone, whether a loved one died this year or in previous years, or whether the family used any of Jackson’s facilities or another funeral home.
BETHESDA — The 2009 Turkey Bash motocross races will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at O’Neal Bottoms MX west of Bethesda, according to a news release.
Spectators are invited to the American Motocross Association event.
A weekend pass is $12. Those wishing to attend only Saturday’s events or Sunday’s events will be admitted for $8 per day, on those days only.
A Three Moto Format Event will be Friday. The entry fee is $15 per rider, with gates opening at 9 a.m. and practice from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots basketball team lost its fourth straight road game as the Philander Smith Panthers rolled 92-76 in nonconference action.
Quinn Cooper led the Scots with a career-best 26 points. He and Slater Belew grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Belew was also credited with two blocked shots. Andy Lee threw in 17 points.
The Scots turned the ball over 18 times in the first half and trailed 41-33 at halftime. They turned it over just one time in the second half.
Searcy Lady Lions (1-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-1), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
Six regulars return from the Lady Lion team that went 17-10 and qualified for the Class 6A State Tournament last spring. Among them are tall and talented senior post players Kristen Celsor (5-foot-11) and Lauren Harrison (6-2). That pair has played well in the Lady Lions’ two games. They lost a benefit game to Vilonia. “Of course, if we would have won that game I would have counted it on our record,” Searcy Coach Michelle Birdsong said, laughing.
Lions (1-1) vs. Pioneers (0-1), 7:30
PARIS — The Paris Eagles eliminated the Cave City Cavemen in the first round of the Class 3A State Football Playoffs here Friday night with a 34-12 decision.
Cave City didn’t help itself. The Cavemen turned the ball over three times and the Eagles turned that into 20 points.
Neither team could generate much offense in the early going. There were five punts in the first period.
BEEBE — The Searcy Junior Lady Lions mauled the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 41-16 in the consolation final of the Beebe-Centennial Bank Tournament here Saturday.
Brittnee Broadway scored 10 points for the winners. Batesville’s junior girls’ record fell to 1-5.
Searcy’s junior boys defeated Batesville 55-34 in the other consolation final.
Wesley Rudd scored eight points in a losing cause. The Junior Pioneers also fell to 1-5.
“We just didn’t handle their pressure well at all,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said.
MELBOURNE — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles stunned the Melbourne Bearkatz on their Homecoming here Friday night, rallying from a 17-point, second-quarter deficit to post a 49-48 win over the Class 2A state runners-up.
Hillcrest senior Logan Spray totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds. That included an offensive rebound and score with about a minute to play for a 49-46 lead. Teammate Trevor Morgan, a junior, hit a 3-pointer earlier for a 1-point lead.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Mark Martin found his way to Victory Lane for NASCAR’s championship celebration, albeit only as a gracious runner-up.
It’s a walk he’s made before. Four times, to be precise.
Never did he do it more proudly than he did on Sunday.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — With its top running back out for the season, Arkansas relied on Ryan Mallett’s arm against Mississippi State.
As usual, the sophomore was up to the challenge.
Mallett threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Razorbacks to a 42-21 victory on Saturday, hours after the team announced running back Michael Smith would miss the rest of the year with a hamstring injury.
Mallett’s second pass of the game was intercepted, but Arkansas took the lead in the second quarter and didn’t relinquish it.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State alumnus Leemon K. “L.K.” Holt, 100, was on the campus last week to have his photograph made at the historic arch for the College of Agriculture newsletter.
Holt is the oldest living agriculture student, said David Agnew, associate professor of agricultural education.
Holt graduated from Arkansas State in 1928 and also attended high school on campus, his daughter-in-law Linda Holt said.