• McCord joins medical staff

    Dr. J. William McCord Jr., anesthesiologist, has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center in Batesville, according to a news release. Anesthesiologists are physicians responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life signs during surgery, including breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure.

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  • Choate joins ranch board

    Stephen Choate has been named to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches board for the Batesville campus.

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  • Pearls from ‘boom’ remain on market

    NEWPORT — Pearl buyer J.R. Sink went up and down White and Black rivers in the 1920s and ’30s, swapping cash for fresh-water pearls.
    Those who visit Pearls Unique in Newport can buy some of those very pearls today. Few of the pearls for sale at the store are from modern mussel harvesters. This year, only one pearl was brought to the store by mussel divers.
    The business is so unique it’s known the world over.
    “We’ve had people here from Japan, Australia … We had a group from France,” pearl grading specialist Phyllis Holmes said.

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  • Arkansas represented on Little All-America team

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne State tailback Joique Bell, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner as Division II’s top player, and West Liberty quarterback Zach Amedro were selected to The Associated Press Little All-America team.
    The team is made up of players from Division II, III and the NAIA.
    Among the first-team selections were three players from Arkansas colleges: Cedric Thornton, a defensive tackle from Star City and Southern Arkansas University; Frantz Simeon, Arkansas Tech; and defensive back Josh Jones, Harding.

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  • Local gym team places second; three win all-around crowns

    Stars and Stripes Gymnastic Center’s Level 5 team collected a second-place finish in the Arkansas Pepsi Challenge meet in Hot Springs on Saturday, according to results provided by the Batesville business.
    Twelve-year-old Caroline Romano led the squad, finishing first all-around in her age division. Romano won on balance beam and floor exercise competitions, placed second on the uneven bars and third in the vault.

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  • Shiloh keeps adding championships

    Fountain Lake favored in Class 3A title game

     

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Vilonia Lady Eagles (10-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (6-4), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.

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  • News of other days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 3, 1997.

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  • Electronic, phone deer checking working well

    LITTLE ROCK — Checking deer has never been easier for Arkansas hunters. For many years, simplifying the deer checking process has been a goal of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Now that the new system is in place, it may be the reason for Arkansas’ deer harvest being well ahead of last year at the same point.
    According to AGFC Assistant Chief of Wildlife Operations Matt Hodges, the deer harvest numbers are up from last year despite several deer hunting areas being closed due to flooding.

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  • LR nature center picks up two awards for its design

     LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s  Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center has won two awards for its design. McGraw Hill Construction announced recently that the center won two awards in the South Central Construction category that includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
    The awards were presented this week in Memphis.
    “The two awards were the Best of 2009 for Best Cultural Project and Best Public Architecture,” according to Arkansas Outdoors, the commission’s weekly newsletter.

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  • Turkey permit application period opens

    LITTLE ROCK – Beginning this week, Arkansas turkey hunters may apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2010 spring turkey season, including one in Sharp County and one in Stone County, according to commission spokesman Keith Stephens.
    This year, the AGFC is accepting permits only online at https://www.ark.org/agfc/turkey/index.php. Applicants may also apply by calling the AGFC at (800) 364-4263 ext. 6359 or by contacting a regional office during normal business hours. The application period is open through Jan. 15

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  • Hunters take 17 in Dec. elk hunt

    PONCA — Under cold but otherwise favorable conditions, hunters took 17 elk during the five-day December permit hunt in the Buffalo River country, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
    Thirteen of the elk were taken on public land of the Buffalo National River and the Game and Fish Commission. A total of 24 permits were issued by a random public drawing.
    Four elk were taken on private land, where hunters had landowner permission to receive their permits.

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