Film crews for CNN and Fox networks won’t be coming to town after all, but that doesn’t mean a video promoting Batesville is totally off the table.
Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, told the quorum court Tuesday night that he had previously been contacted by the crew wanting to do a feature film clip on Independence County for airing on the networks. But he has since learned the company might not be right for the county.
The quorum court met Tuesday night, a week later than usual because of inclement weather last week.
Frigid water and sleet didn’t stop 69-year-old Lesta Stroud from taking the plunge last year.
For the past two years, Stroud has earned the “oldest plunger” award at the Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for Arkansas Special Olympics, and she’ll probably earn that title again this year — but she probably deserves two trophies. After all she’ll be plunging into the White River twice this year.
POCAHONTAS — A Randolph County jury deliberated only one hour and 14 minutes Thursday before finding Charles Wayne “Chad” Green, 34, guilty of four counts of rape of a child and sentencing him to 56 years in prison.
Green, who is still facing four counts of capital murder and one count of kidnapping in connection with the killing of a Dalton family of four, was also found guilty Thursday of one count of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Turnovers, offensive rebounds and missed free throws, in that order, did in the Batesville Pioneers Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym.
The West Helena Cougars ordered up the first two, getting the lead, then the Pioneers delivered on the last, eliminating any chance of a rally.
With that, the Cougars took a 57-46 high school basketball victory over the Pioneers in 5A-East District action.
Two in a row and wanting more.
That’s the thinking of the Batesville Lady Pioneers as they rush toward the finish line in the 5A-East District basketball race.
Wednesday night, they followed up a 13-point victory in Wynne with a 40-22 walloping of the West Helena Cougarettes.
Now, with three games to go in the regular season, all against district foes, the Lady Pioneers need one more win to clinch a berth in the Class 5A State Tournament, which is set for Alma on March 2-6.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is expected to miss spring practice after sustaining a broken bone in his left foot.
Officials said Mallett’s injury occurred during conditioning drills Wednesday morning. He is expected to fully recover in three to four months.
Mallett completed 225 of 403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns during the 2009 season, when the Razorbacks went 8-5. He led the Southeastern Conference in total offense (276.5) and passing yards per game (278.8).
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas responded to its only loss in the last 25 days by getting back into the win column.
Freshman Marshawn Powell scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as the Razorbacks defeated South Carolina 92-79 on Wednesday night. Courtney Fortson added 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Fortson decided before the game to issue a challenge to Powell, who had scored only 19 points over Arkansas’ last two games.
“Courtney told me I was due for a 20-point game,” Powell said. “He said it a couple times.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has a new All-Star sidekick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Antawn Jamison from Washington on Wednesday night, the forward they hope will fit in between James and Shaquille O’Neal on a championship front line.
Jamison was the centerpiece of a 3-team deal that also sent Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Washington received Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a 2010 first-round draft pick and the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year’s draft from Cleveland.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bruce Pearl asked his Tennessee players at halftime if they were enjoying playing together. He didn’t give them a chance to answer.
“I answered the question before they had the chance,” Pearl said, “and that was, ‘Hopefully not, because we did not do anything as a team to enjoy the basketball.’”
No. 20 Tennessee bounced back from that lackluster first-half play with the help of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Wayne Chism to beat Georgia 69-60 on Wednesday night.
IMBODEN — Josh Limbaugh drilled a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to send the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves and Cotter Warriors to overtime in the first round of the Class 2A-2 District Tournament here Wednesday night.
The Timberwolves dominated the overtime period and won 62-54. It was tied at 50 at the end of regulation.
The game was decided at the free-throw line. Cedar Ridge netted eight of eight in the extra period and held Cotter to jut one field goal.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods will speak publicly Friday for the first time since his bizarre, Thanksgiving night car accident, beginning what his agent called “the process of making amends” for the sex scandal that sent him into hiding for three months.