CAVE CITY — The annual homecoming at Pleasant Valley Church and cemetery, near the banks of Poke Bayou 10 miles west of Cave City, will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, according to cemetery committee spokeswoman Cyndie Christopher.
The event will open with singing followed by a gospel message, then a potluck lunch.
Although thunderstorms are forecast, the gathering will go on as planned with the potluck meal taking place inside the church.
Everyone who has family in the cemetery or who has other ties to the community is encouraged to attend.
The following highways and roads in Independence County remain closed due to high water:
• Highway 69 at Newark
• Highway 14 at Maple Springs
• Highway 37 between Cord and Elgin
• Miller Creek Road east of Main Street Batesville
• County roads in Oil Trough and a few other low-lying areas, but some may recede enough today to become passable.
County authorities remind motorists not to go around barricades and do not drive into standing or moving water over roadways.
Due to the recent heavy rain, the Singing on the Lawn event previously scheduled for the outdoor stage at Parkview Church will be moved indoors.
The event will be at 5 p.m. Saturday in the church’s fellowship hall, located at 2600 North St. Louis St., across from the Pool Store in Batesville.
Glory Road and Doc & Connie will provide entertainment.
All donations will go to Women’s Addictions Resistance Project 180.
JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe says crews from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are surveying Arkansas storm damage and that he plans to seek federal assistance for rebuilding.
Beebe spent Wednesday morning looking at storm damage at Little Rock Air Force Base and North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville.
Eleven people were killed in Arkansas storms Monday and Tuesday.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved an emergency proclamation closing the upcoming permit turkey hunt at the Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area in Lawrence County.
Officials say recent heavy rain has caused several rivers across Arkansas to rise above flood stage, including the Black River which courses through the wildlife management area. The commission says the high water made driving conditions dangerous and jeopardized the safety of turkey hunters trying to access areas.
The ground was a little muddy, the sky overcast with negligible winds and that made Saturday a near perfect day for four area school trap-shooting teams gathered at the new Independence County shooting range north of Batesville.
Junior and senior teams from Cave City, Batesville, Newport and White County Central came together for a mini-tournament to prepare them for state north regional tournament action that begins May 13 and 14, at the Remington Arms shooting complex in Lonoke. Finalists from that tournament will then go to state champion competition the first weekend of June.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside FFA Livestock Judging Team won the State Championship on Friday on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, said Southside faculty advisor Chase Hilton.
“Sophomore Jackson Mead was the high individual overall, and senior leader Thomas Johnson tied for second,” Hilton said.
Other team members include Cassie Womack, Rosa Canals, Blaine French, Trenton Tosh, Nathan Richardson, Morgan Case and Dustin Brashears.
GREASY BOTTOM — One railroad car was submerged in the White River and two more were partially when a train derailed Wednesday afternoon in an area known as Greasy Bottom about a mile north of Guion.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the accident was reported around 2.
“It looks like the dirt under the railroad had been washed away,” Lawrence said after returning from the site.
Lawrence said of the four cars involved, two were engines, one was carrying lumber and another was empty.
“There were no hazardous materials on board. No one was injured,” he said.
One hundred and two seniors are scheduled to receive degrees at the Lyon College commencement on May 7. Albert “Al” Parnell, a 1965 alumnus of Lyon and a prominent attorney from Atlanta, will be the guest speaker.
Honorary doctorate degrees will be awarded to the Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Branch Jr., retired general presbyter of the Arkansas Presbytery, and to L. Dickson Flake, a partner in the state’s largest commercial real estate firm, Colliers International Arkansas, and a member of the Lyon Board of Trustees for 20 years.
CONWAY — The Lyon Scots were at the mercy of University of Central Arkansas pitcher Kelsie Armstrong in a nonconference softball game at Conway High School Wednesday night.
The sophomore hurler had a no-hitter going for six and one-third innings. She finished with two hits allowed, struck out 15 and walked one in a 7-0 victory.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday on the UCA campus. The UCA field was still too wet Wednesday, so it was moved to Conway High’s field.
Former Izard County golfer Rachel Harmon won the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year award, the GSC announced recently.
Harmon is the first-ever Henderson State player to win the honor. She shot a season-low round of 75 and recorded an 82.6 scoring average.
Harmon was also named to the all-conference second team.
The White River Flag Football Classic is set for next weekend and the event is growing, according to Joe Haynes, one of the organizers.
Wednesday, the day before the registration deadline, enough players had registered “that we could, potentially, field 16 teams,” Haynes said.
The 7-on-7 flag football tourney is scheduled to run May 6-8 on the soccer fields of the North Complex.