None of the three sheriff’s candidates have held that administrative role yet, but all have years of law enforcement experience, including in this county. Billy Meeks, Steve Jeffery and Bill Lindsey tackled such topics as the jail, immigration, concealed carry and what changes they would make, if elected.
In light of the Arizona immigration law, which has been criticized as going too far as it classifies anyone without proper document as an illegal alien, the candidates were asked if Independence County has an immigration problem.
Between 300 and 400 people turned out to see three Democrat political debates in person, while just as many watched them at home on the Batesville Daily Guard’s website.
The Guard and two student groups at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa, co-sponsored the debate Tuesday night at Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.
HEBER SPRINGS — Two Southside athletes qualified for one more track and field postseason event here Monday.
In the 4A-2 District meet, Lady Southerner freshman Ashlynne King placed second in the triple jump and Southerner junior Brandon Ritter did the same in the boys’ division of the same event.
In Class 4A, the top two finishers in district meets advance to the state event. Pocahontas is scheduled to host the state meet on Friday. The first event is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their sixth straight 5A-East District track and field title here Monday, and they didn’t hurt their chances to do the same in the Class 5A State Meet when they return to Paragould High School on Friday.
“Yes. We’re in position, again,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said.
But that’s as far as he would go.
“I don’t yet know who else is qualified for the state meet, what the other teams have, and we didn’t qualify as many people as we have in the past,” Smith said.
Four Lyon College softball players were named to the 2010 TranSouth Athletic Conference Softball Scholar Athlete team and two of those players also earned NAIA Scholar Athlete honors, according to a release from the league office.
Lyon outfielders Kristi Kelley (DeBerry, Texas) and Kristan Inman (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) were honored with both TranSouth and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors. Utility player Tenequa Martin (Taylor) and pitcher Faith Richmond (Van Buren) were named to the TranSouth Scholar Athlete team.
NEWARK — The youthful Cedar Ridge Timberwolves gave the Cave City Cavemen a challenge in a nonconference contest here Monday afternoon.
Cave City won 3-2 after trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning.
Justin Keller hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the home team ahead 2-0. And he kept the Cavemen at bay on the hill as well. Keller pitched the distance and had a 2-hitter going until Cave City’s bats came alive in the sixth.
NEWARK — Four runs in the top of the seventh inning helped the Midland Lady Mustangs pick up a key win over the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves here Monday.
Midland trailed 4-2 entering the final frame, but won the Class 2A-2 District contest 6-4. The teams are battling for second place in the conference standings. Midland’s win helped Melbourne (16-3, 10-1) clinch the regular-season crown.
Melbourne — Ozarka College is now registering current students for the upcoming summer I, summer II and fall semesters. Students who have successfully completed a semester at Ozarka can register online after meeting and planning their class schedules with their academic advisor. Once registered, financial aid arrangements must be made.
Any new or first-time, full-time students may register as follows:
Summer I, II, and Fall
May 10-11 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ash Flat, Melbourne and Mountain View
May 18 — 9 a.m. Compass Test; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mountain View
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee elaborated Monday on his recent move to the Florida Panhandle, saying it was related to business and personal matters and “not political at all.”
The Fox News host and possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate said he and his wife, Janet, took advantage of a buyer-friendly housing market. He said the move eased his frequent trips to New York, where he records his weekly show. He said he and his wife plan to hold onto their home in North Little Rock, Ark.
MELBOURNE — Two Melbourne men were arrested April 19 for alcohol charges, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.
Matthew D. Palmer, 27, of Melbourne was arrested for violating Arkansas social hosts law. He was released from the Izard County jail after posting a $500 bond.
Jeffery Shane McCullough, 18, of Melbourne was charged with possessing alcohol by a minor. He posted a $605 bond the same day and was released from jail.
In other arrests:
• Melissa Neal, 28, of Oxford was arrested Thursday for theft of property. She posted bond the same day and was released from jail.