Better than half of the Guard-circulation area track and field athletes earning all-state recognition this spring are proven talents.
None more so than Mollie Matthews. The Batesville Lady Pioneer senior collected her fourth straight all-state certificate as part of the winning 3,200-meter relay team at the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet.
All-state recognition goes to the athletes who win or place second in state meets (classes 7A, 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A) or the Meet of Champions.
I must be getting old. I remember “full service” gas stations. Actually, I worked at one in high school. When I car passed over the rubber hose across the driveway and the bell rang, I’d come running out to “filler’up, regular or unleaded,” wash the windshield and check the oil.
Those days are gone — now it’s all “self service,” pump the gas yourself after shoveling money through the slot in the bulletproof window.
“It’s big, all right,” my wife gulped.
It was her weak attempt to find common ground with the real estate lady. But I knew all too well Angie didn’t really want to be wearing that smile. Sure enough, as soon as the agent turned her back, that smile molded into a glare directed at me. I deserved it. Even the real estate lady didn’t seem too thrilled about driving way out here at my behest just to view this eye sore.
Freedom of speech might logically seem to apply the same way whether the speech takes place on the street corner or on the Internet.
But that basic First Amendment premise is as yet unsettled in our new web world.
An intricate set of laws and judicial opinions on free speech and defamation has evolved over several centuries, from a system that existed mainly to protect the elite from criticism to one that enables anyone to seek compensation for what they see as unfair damage to their reputation.
A one-vehicle accident early this morning resulted in the arrest of a Mountain View man going to jail on alcohol and careless driving charges, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Calendar.
Calendar said he responded to the accident at Highway 25 and Van Lane in Desha around 1 a.m. and could smell alcohol on the driver, 19-year-old Tommy Jessie Reed of Mountain View.
When asked how much he had drank during the night, Reed reportedly responded, “Not much.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Seven Arkansas counties were declared disaster areas Thursday, lengthening the list of areas getting help as they recover from severe weather that has plagued the state over the past five weeks.
In a welcome change, the forecast for the coming several days calls for only a slim chance of storms and a clear Memorial Day weekend.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A prosecutor said Thursday he has forwarded to a judge a request for assault and harassment charges against a state lawmaker who was involved in a fight with his estranged wife’s friend.
Miller County Prosecutor Tommy Potter said that he approved the request for misdemeanor assault and harassment charges against Democratic Sen. Steve Harrelson but that a judge would decide whether there is probable cause.
Jeanetta Anderson of Mountain View has been accepted for admission to Lyon College and has been awarded a Freedom Plan Scholarship.
Each year, Lyon awards scholarships to outstanding applicants who show special promise as productive members of the college community.
Anderson is the daughter of the late Jolay Fay Lancaster of Mountain View and Rudy Albert Martinez of Harrison.
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State University announces the students listed on the dean’s list and honor roll for the spring 2011 semester.
To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester, honor roll requires at least a 3.5.
Area students on the list are:
Oxford — Michael McConnaughhay, dean’s list;
Sage — Blake Smith, dean’s list;
Williford — Katrina Miller, honor roll.
RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University has announced its Dean’s List for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville for the spring 2011 semester.
A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 semester hours to be named to the Dean’s List. A total of 1,469 Arkansas Tech students achieved that distinction, including 499 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average.
Area students on the list are:
Ash Flat — Michelle Iline McCord (4.0)
A woman said she was robbed while walking down a Batesville street between 7:45 and 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Independence County Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to Mark Street in reference to a robbery.
Jamie Shipp, 35, said she was walking home from the Dollar General in Westside between Central and Addie streets when two black men in a small white or possibly neon colored car pulled beside her and asked if she needed a ride.
She told the men no and kept walking.
ASH FLAT — District 82 state Rep. Lori Benedict will be the keynote speaker for Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the American Veterans Memorial on Nix Ridge Road in Ash Flat, said Col. Richard Sackett, U.S. Army (retired) Commander of American Legion Post 346. The event is open to the public.
The program starts at 11 a.m. but concessions will be for sale starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until about 1 p.m., with proceeds going to the American Veterans Memorial Committee for expansion and upkeep of the memorial.