• Women part of Disney early history

    They’re now grown and gone, but the magic still remains.
    Sandy Taylor of Batesville and Sabra Elmer of Newport were Disney fans long before “the happiest place on Earth” would become a household name.
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    Elmer worked at Walt Disney World for six months in 1973, at first in a specialty shop inside Cinderella’s Castle, and later one of the magic shops.

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  • Farm wives, FDR led to rural electrification

    Farm wives between 50 and 60 years ago played a pivotal role in bringing electric power to rural Arkansas.
    While not central to the development of the Rural Electrification Act — the brainchild of President Franklin D. Roosevelt — it was the farm wives who quickly saw the labor-saving potential of electrical appliances and formed the backbone of the Arkansas program, Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, told an audience recently at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Blytheville Lady Chickasaws (11-2, 5A-East District; 18-4, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (8-5, 14-11), Pioneer Gym, 5:30 p.m.

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  • James Jackson wins Bad Boy scholarship

    Lyon College guard James Jackson has been named the recipient of the Bad Boy Mowers basketball scholarship for the 2009-10 school year, according to a news release from the college.
    Jackson, a 6-foot-4 senior on the Scots’ basketball team, was selected for his work in the classroom and his performance as a student athlete. Jackson averages 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was selected a TranSouth Scholar Athlete in 2008-09 and is on track to repeat the honor this season.

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  • Melbourne teams qualify for state tournament

    Guard circulation area high school basketball teams went 3-1 in the first round of region tournaments Wednesday, and two of those punched their tickets to a state tournament.
    The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz earned berths in the Class 2A State Tournament in Carlisle with victories in the 2A North Region Tournament at Midland High in Pleasant Plains. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves lost and saw their season come to an end in Pleasant Plains.

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  • 24 young basketball players meet ‘Challenge’

    Twenty-four participants in the local Top Flight Youth Basketball League recently met the challenge in fitness and skills, according to a news release from David Brogdon.
    The first-, second- and third-place finishers, listed in order, in the NBA and WNBA FIT Challenge and SKILLS Challenge are:

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  • Kenseth still trying to end winless skid

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Kenseth rolled into Las Vegas a year ago looking to become the first driver to open a season with three consecutive victories.
    He returns to Sin City this week still trying to get back to Victory Lane.
    There have certainly been some strange turns for Kenseth since his spectacular start last season.
    An engine failure six laps into the Las Vegas race last March left in him in last place and began a downward trend that saw Kenseth miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the first time.

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  • ‘Cakewalk’ turns into pie in face

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tasmin Mitchell kept thinking about the pounding LSU took in its last meeting with Arkansas.
    Then he looked across the court before Wednesday night’s rematch and got the distinct impression the Razorbacks were thinking about it, too.
    “At Arkansas, we didn’t come out with aggressiveness and stuff like that. They beat us by 35 out there and they came out here, we saw them warm up … like it was just going to be a cakewalk,” Mitchell said. “So I was like, ‘Man, no can do. Let’s go out here and play these guys like we owe them something.’”

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  • Boxing, MMA set for Saturday

    Professional boxing will be back in Batesville at the National Guard Armory on Saturday night, event promoter Brandon Foster announced.
    Seven professional boxing bouts are scheduled as well as two amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts. Local fighters April Ward (4-1) and Mike Wagenblast (1-1) will be making their second appearance at the armory.
    In Ward’s first appearance, she retired Chelsey Chapmen at the end of the first round.

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  • Cop arrested in teen’s bedroom

    SEARCY (AP) — A 48-year-old Searcy police officer who worked as a school resource officer has been arrested in the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl.
    Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says state police agents were waiting in the room when Hamilton Riley entered through a window about 1 a.m. Tuesday and arrested him for felony first-degree sexual assault.

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  • Former prosecutor pleads not guilty to drug counts

    SHERIDAN (AP) — A former prosecutor who served nearly a decade in prison for drug and corruption convictions has pleaded not guilty to drug distribution charges.
    Dan Harmon entered his plea Tuesday in Sheridan, where he allegedly provided hydrocodone and morphine, and was caught in an undercover operation. The 65-year-old Harmon could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

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  • Grenade found at car wash

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A grenade found at a closed Hot Springs car wash near Oaklawn Park has been destroyed.
    Magic Spray Car Wash owner Bill Baswell says a man brought him the grenade Tuesday and said he had found it in a stall Monday night. Baswell says he told the man to put it back where he found it while he called police.
    Bomb technicians from the Arkansas State Police and the FBI removed the grenade and took it to the Hot Springs Police Department firing range where it was destroyed.

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