• Points racers at BMS hoping for rain delay

    LOCUST GROVE — We will see if the forecasted rainy weekend holds off long enough for the Batesville Motor Speedway to get in its scheduled points races for tonight.
    If they don’t, it will be the second washed out weekend in a row. The current leaders are Joe Payne (street stock), Tony Brooks (front-wheel drive), Ronnie Jeffrey (IMCA modified), Heath Grizzle (factory stock) and Jared Landers (crate late model).

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  • Lady Screamin’ Eagles rise for 1A 2-East crown

    BROCKWELL — As the full moon was rising in the eastern sky, the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles rose to the top of the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship with a 13-5 victory over the hosting Izard County Lady Cougars here Thursday night.
    The game was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., but it started more than a couple hours beyond that and concluded just before 10. That was just in time to see a bright orange full moon creeping above the tree line.
    Izard County pitcher Kaydie Campbell had a no-hitter going through four innings, but Hillcrest’s bats came alive in the fifth.

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  • Caraway wins another honor

    Spencer Caraway recently received another basketball honor.
    The 6-foot, 5-inch senior at Melbourne High School was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas third team. Caraway, an all-state and Arkansas High School Coaches’ Association All-Star selection, led the Bearkatz to a 32-7 record while averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots per game.
    The Mr. Basketball award went to Preston Purifoy of Conway. The other top All-Arkansas awards went to Little Rock McClellan’s Chris Threatt, Coach of the Year, and West Memphis’ Jalen Jackson, Sophomore of the Year.

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  • Wooten fires 1-hitter as Hillcrest wins title

    BROCKWELL — A strong wind and some untimely errors made the difference as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles won the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship with a 3-0 decision over the Mammoth Spring Bears here Thursday afternoon.
    The teams battled through four and a half scoreless innings and then Hillcrest ended the drought with a run in the bottom half of the fifth. Two more runs crossed in the sixth as Mammoth Spring’s wheels fell off.

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  • Richardson, Wooten win tournament

    CAVE CITY — Chris Richardson’s 4.85-pound bass, the biggest of the day, anchored a stringer totaling 19.05 pounds that gave Richardson and his partner, David Wooten, first place in Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Bull Shoals Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    Michael Holt and Tracy Hunter were not far behind with 16.75 pounds for second place.
    Both teams weighed in the limit of five bass each.
    Ten boats with 18 participants were in the competition.

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  • Anglers urged to voice opinions

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas anglers will have two venues where they’ll get an opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed fishing regulations for 2011, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
    Beginning on Tuesday, the commission will air its popular “Outdoor Hotline” on AETN. Sportsmen and women will be able to call a toll-free hotline with questions and comments that will be answered or discussed during the show.
    The show begins at 7 p.m. The TV show will be followed on May 6 by six public meetings. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

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  • Tips on getting ‘unlost,’ from ‘queen of the vanished trail head’

    Give me a show of hands: How many of you have ever been lost in the woods? It happens far more often that most of us would like to admit, and it can not only be embarrassing, but potentially dangerous.

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  • Companies adding new jobs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Three companies in different parts of the state are adding jobs — or hoping to do so — as Arkansas struggles to dig out from the recession.
    The biggest boost to employment numbers in recent weeks is at Fort Smith, where labor leaders say Whirlpool Corp. has added 1,100 workers since the first of the year as demand for the plant’s refrigerators continues to rise.

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  • Michael Sarrels

    JUDSONIA — Michael J. Sarrels, 52, of Judsonia died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Searcy.
    The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Church of God. Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery under the direction of Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob-Judsonia.
    Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
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  • Arkansas soldiers apply farming experience

    QALAT, Afghanistan — Coalition forces in Zabul Province gained a new tool in the agricultural redevelopment process this month as the Zabul Agriculture Development Team stood up its operations here.
    The ADT, made up of approximately 60 members of the Arkansas National Guard, arrived in the provincial capitol earlier this month and have been establishing relationships with governmental leaders, agencies, organizations and military representatives who all have a stake in redevelopment throughout Zabul province.

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  • EH Week

    Independence County Judge Bill Hicks signed a proclamation declaring May 2-8 as Extension Homemakers Week in Independence County. Extension Homemakers are women and men who work to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service, said Extension agent Stephanie Schindler. In Independence County, there are more than 100 EH members representing 10 different clubs. Each club conducts its own community service projects throughout the year as well as participates in the Independence County Fair and district and state EH events.

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  • Reception planned to honor Elumbaugh newlyweds

    C.J. Robey and Rusty Elumbaugh were united in marriage at Halcyon Beach, St. Lucia.
    The bride is the daughter of Andrew and Jennifer Robey of Batesville. The groom’s parents are Rick and Margaret Elumbaugh and Dave and Debbie King, all of Batesville.
    The ceremony was held in a gazebo overlooking the ocean at Halcyon Beach Resort in St. Lucia.
    Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a sleek white one-shouldered gown with a train attached by a crystal cluster. She carried an arrangement of fresh St. Lucian florals. She was barefoot.

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