• Pioneers falter again in last minute

    The Pioneers didn’t finish — again — and they lost their 11th in a row.
    One is directly tied to the other, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow after the Pioneers fell 49-38 to the Paragould Rams in Monday’s nightcap in Pioneer Gym.
    After leading most of the game — as they have in several games — the Pioneers were outscored 12-1 in the last three minutes. The Pioneers led 7-3, 16-14 and 28-27 at the quarter breaks. Their biggest lead was seven points (16-9).

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  • Lady Pioneers hit tell-tale shots early in victory

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers’ first four baskets were good indicators of how and why they were going to have success Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym.
    En route to a 64-49, 5A-East District high school basketball victory over the Paragould Lady Rams:
    •Rachel Shellenberger popped a 3-pointer to begin the scoring;
    •Shelby Winkle rebounded a Shellenberger miss and scored for a 5-2 lead;
    •Alex Davidson penetrated from the left wing and hit a hard-pressed layup for a 7-2 advantage;
    •and Winkle capped the quick start with a fastbreak layup for a 9-2 lead.

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  • Area basketball

    Pocahontas 74,
    Izard County 58

    BROCKWELL — The Redskins led 41-25 at halftime and coasted to this nonconference victory.
    Jacob Callahan led a quartet of double-digit scores for Pocahontas. He earned 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Matt Sullivan added 16 points, Blake Gray 15 and Hesten McFatridge 11.
    The Cougars were led by Trenton Hatman’s 23 points and seven assists. Caleb Cowan threw in 13 points and Ryan Walker and Kyle King added eight apiece.

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  • Cavewomen get physical, win in Valley Springs

    VALLEY SPRINGS — In typical fashion, the No. 4 Cave City Cavewomen and No. 1 Valley Springs Lady Tigers battled in a 3A 1-East District slobber-knocker here Tuesday night.
    After trailing 16-10 at the half and 20-16 after three periods, Cave City rallied to win the key conference meeting 28-22.

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  • Ballot petitions available

    ASH FLAT — All landowners within the boundaries of the Sharp County Conservation District should be aware that petitions for securing a ballot position for the election of conservation district directors are available at the Sharp County Conservation District office located at 21 C Court Road in Ash Flat, according to a news release.
    “To be eligible for election, you must be an owner of land within the district and registered to vote under the election laws of Arkansas,” the release states.
    For more information call the district office at (870) 994-7335, extension 3.

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  • USDA enhances integrity of farm programs, streamlines payment limits for family farmers

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamline payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to meet requirements included in the 2008 Farm Bill.

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  • Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments sign-up under way

    The USDA Farm Service Agency in Batesville recently announced that sign-up for Suplemental Revenue Assistance Payments, known informally as the SURE program, began Jan. 4, according to a news release.
    Those wanting to apply for the program must call their local FSA office to make an appointment for application, as the sign-up will be handled by the appointment system only.
    “This is a tedious process; that’s the reason for appointment system only,” the release states.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 29, 1997.
    73 YEARS AGO
    Two people arrested several days ago by federal authorities on charges of using the mails to defraud in connection with a mail-order bride swindle, were today slated to be indicted by the U.S. Grand Jury in Little Rock.
    The woman, according to officers here, is alleged to have confessed to fleecing more than 100 men of sums ranging from $5 to $20 by promising to marry them after a mail-order courtship. The pair is from Cleburne County.

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  • Thousands feared dead in Haiti; quake leaves many more trapped

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital today after a powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.
    President Rene Preval said he believes thousands of people were dead from Tuesday afternoon’s magnitude-7.0 quake.

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  • Wanda Jones

    CONCORD — Wanda A. Jones, 79, of Concord died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Aug. 22, 1930, at San Antonio, she was the daughter of Clarence and Eula Mae Smoot Holland. She was retired from Power Technology in Little Rock.

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  • Marian Fulbright

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Marian Alice Brock Fulbright, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Goldsboro, N.C.
    The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Buckner and Eddie Cox officiating. Burial will be in Barnes Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
    Pallbearers will be Dave Stallings, Bill Cox, Norm O’Brien, Jim Kilgore, Russell Moore and Lewis Hirschy.
    Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Robert Walton, the deacons at First Baptist Church and her nephews.

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  • Eunice Burge

    CAVE CITY — Eunice O. Brashers Burge, 100, of Cave City died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Aug. 13, 1909, in Cave City, she was the daughter of James Elexander and Martha Ophelia Matlock Brashers. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, needlework, cooking and gardening. She had been a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City since 1926.
    Survivors include two daughters, Delois Burge of Cave City and Ramona Stoneham of Batesville; a sister, Fannie Brashers of Union, Mo.; and several nephews and nieces.

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