If Colt Ford can combine hip hop and country, then Paul Harris and the Cleverlys can combine hip hop with an even more unusual genre — bluegrass.
Friday night, the Branson, Mo., comedy act came to Batesville to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Independence County. Construction is currently under way for Habitat’s second home, for Ralph and Lisa Lewis, to be built at 415 Ferrell St. in west Batesville.
LITTLE ROCK — Three crew members were killed early Tuesday when the medical helicopter they were aboard crashed in central Arkansas.
The Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter was flying to pick up a traffic accident victim when it went down near the Scotland community in Van Buren County at about 4:30 a.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
“They were flying under (visual flight rules),” Lunsford said. “It doesn’t appear they were talking to any air traffic controllers at the time.”
No patients were aboard the Bell 206 aircraft.
It’s been almost a year since a man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a motorcycle crash, and now charges have been filed against the driver who reportedly hit them head-on.
Formal charges were filed Monday against Brandy D. Mann, 23, of Newport, who police said was under the influence of drugs when she crossed the center line and caused the accident. The results of the blood and urine tests were revealed in an Independence County Circuit Court affidavit filed by Arkansas State Police Cpl. Douglas Cash.
CORNING — Melbourne scored one touchdown each against Corning and Rector, and didn’t give up a score during a junior high football scrimmage here Friday, Melbourne Coach Clinton Gore reported.
“We felt good about it,” Gore said. “We threw the ball and caught it a little, our quarterback played well and our halfbacks ran it well.”
The quarterback, Kyler McLaughlin, threw touchdown passes to split ends Nick Miller and Jackson Schuetz, the coach said. Jared Downing and Aaron McAnally, the halfbacks in Melbourne’s wishbone offense, provided most of the ground game.
HARRISON — The Batesville Pioneers hit some big plays and made some big stops on short-yardage plays while winning a preseason scrimmage with the Harrison Goblins here Friday night.
During a session of 12-play possessions, the Pioneers scored twice to the Goblins’ once. Batesville’s first score came on a 56-yard run by senior wide receiver Matthew Showalter, after catching a short pass from classmate Colton Bailey. The second score was a 2-yard run by sophomore tailback Jordan Childress.
The Lyon vs. LSU-Shreveport womens soccer match, which was scheduled for Saturday at Huser Field, was canceled due to a bus accident suffered by the visitors.
According to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department, no serious injuries were reported, but the accident left the bus and team unable to reach Batesville for the season-opening match.
As of press time, the match had not been rescheduled.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers rallied for a desperately close 2-1 victory over the Junior Lady Bombers here Thursday.
The game scores were 25-22, 24-26, 26-24.
“The teams were very evenly matched, but we started the first game with great focus and intensity,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “The third game we showed nothing but heart and hustle. We were down 17-23 when we gained possession of the ball with Arden Kvern up to serve. With all that pressure, Arden served over and in, including three aces, every time and we won each rally.”
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots took a 3-1 decision from Philander Smith and battled NCAA member Mississippi Valley State in a 5-set loss on Saturday afternoon in season-opening matches.
In the lid lifter, the Scots (1-1) topped PSC 25-16, 16-25, 25-22 and 25-21. They lost the second match to MVS 25-21, 23-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-12.
TRUMANN — The Southside Lady Southerners improved to 2-0 overall and, more importantly, notched a first-ever victory over the Trumann Lady Wildcats in 4A Northeast Conference volleyball action here Thursday.
The Lady Southerners won 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 as Lindsey Coe racked up 18 kills, four digs and hit all 13 of her serves in play.
LA CROSSE — The Heber Springs Panthers won the team title and a Southside Southerner won the individual medal in a high school golf event Thursday at Cooper’s Hawk.
Jackson Thomas shot a 9-hole round of 43 to lead Heber Springs. Rounding out the team score of 132 were Tanner Rockwell (44) and Nate Bartlett (45).
The Southerners finished two strokes back and were led by Clayton House’s 39. Tanner McGuire (46) and Dalton Littleton (49) and Wyat Gambill (49) completed the team score.
The remaining team scores were: Bald Knob, 136; Cave City, 139; and Hillcrest, 166.
Serhiy Zhykin provided the game-winning goal in the 74th minute of a 2-1 Lyon Scots’ victory over Spring Hill at Huser Field in a season-opening match Sunday afternoon.
With both teams tied at one in the second half, Zhykin took a pass from Robert Hall and bounced a shot over a diving Corey Bronencamp and into the net for the winning goal.
“In transition, we got the ball to one of our center fielders. Robert got it to the corner and Serhiy outran and outmuscled (the defender) and looped it in. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a workman’s goal,” Lyon Coach Brett Parker said.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to open their season Tuesday night as they host the Newport Greypups in Pioneer Stadium.
Batesville has dominated the White River rivalry the last two seasons, turning on the mercy clock each time, but the consensus is don’t expect the Junior Pioneers to walk away with a third straight blowout.
“It will be a challenge,” Batesville Defensive Coordinator Matt Wentz said. “They played quite a few eighth-graders last year and getting to play 10 games as an eighth-grader makes a big difference.”