• Unimin concrete pour: 205 deliveries, 1,700 yards, one company expansion

    GUION — The first of 24 cement trucks pulled into the Unimin Corporation construction site in Guion just before 5 a.m. on Aug. 19 — and the last truck left the work site just after 1 a.m. the next morning.
    Those 24 trucks, each holding an average of seven to nine yards of concrete, didn’t stop until they had made 205 deliveries totaling approximately 1,742 yards of concrete.

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  • Band students tour Europe

    The King of Rock may have once played in Batesville, but now the River City has its own group of Ambassadors of Music.
    A group of Batesville High School band students recently returned from Europe. The group of five students, along with parent Shannon Fielder and band teacher Greg Wooldridge, left on July 1 and traveled throughout Europe as part of Arkansas Ambassadors of Music.

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  • Man says he was robbed

    A local man told police he was robbed by a woman while giving her a ride.
    Omar Humberto Valdez, 21, went to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office on Myers Street at 1:42 p.m. Monday to report he had just been robbed. Valdez said he was getting gas at a gas station on North Central Avenue when he was approached by a white female in her late 30s to early 40s wearing flip-flops, cut-off blue jean shorts and a summer shirt and carrying a brown purse. Valdez said the woman told him she was trying to get to Melbourne and asked for a ride.

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  • 9/11 Montana town provides glimpse of patriotism

    SUPERIOR, Mont. — Longtime guidance counselor Dan Lucier studies hallway-mounted photos of past graduating classes at Superior High School, pointing to the teenagers who joined the military.
    There are usually one or two in each class of about 30 students who graduate from the one-story wooden school in Superior, a town of 900 residents in the forested northern Rockies.

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  • ‘America’s Mayor’ Giuliani’s post-9/11 politics

    NEW YORK (AP) — He was the living symbol of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a hero to a traumatized nation seeking leadership in a time of crisis. Walking miles through the streets of Manhattan, Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged New York and the world to be calm, said the city would survive. With empathy and restraint, he said the number of 9/11 dead would be “more than any of us can bear.”
    “It was the worst experience of my life. It was the most devastating experience for the city I was responsible for,” Giuliani told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview.

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  • Juniors to open against old ’Hounds with new tricks

    The Batesville Junior High Pioneers will get their first up-close glimpse at the new look of an old rival Thursday night at Greyhound Field in Newport.
    Traditionally, the Greypups have featured a run-oriented offense and man-to-man coverage on defense, but things changed drastically during the off-season. The hiring of Jeromy Poole to lead the high school squad has led to new schemes being implemented on both teams.

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  • Cedar Ridge, Melbourne juniors to square off against more-experienced squads in openers

    The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves will face a dilemma in their season-opening football game Thursday night when they visit the Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats.
    To win against a team with superior experience, size and speed, they will have to take some chances and, at the same time, not give up the big play, said Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson.
    “They’re big, fast and strong, so we’re going to have to gang tackle, wrap up and make sure tackles,” he said. “We’re also going to have get into the backfield and try to cause some problems.”

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  • Pirates, Cougars win golf matches

    FAIRFIELD BAY — The Concord Pirates won a triangular high school golf match here Tuesday, defeating squads from Shirley and Cave City on the Mountain Ranch Course.
    Led by Cameron Reesor’s medal-winning 5-over-par 41 for nine holes, the Pirates notched a 14-stroke win over the Shirley Blue Devils. The Cave City Cavemen finished another 23 strokes back.
    The Pirates’ winning team score of 137 came from Reesor and Ryan Cornelison and A.J. Cannon, who each shot 48’s. Luke Cornett’s 50 did not count.

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  • Pioneers strike back with golf win

    One day later, the Batesville Pioneers defeated the same golf team that beat them by 32 strokes in Wynne.
    On The Course at Eagle Mountain, their home course, the Pioneers edged the Wynne Yellowjackets 189-190 in a 9-hole match.
    Playing the front nine, Batesville junior Thomas Walton shot a 7-over-par 43. Hunter Freiert followed with a 48. Hayden Cockrill and Sumner Barnes carded 49s to complete the team total.
    Wynne was led by Paul Smith’s medal-winning 40. Charlie Roberts (49), Carson Stewart (50) and Dylan Thompson (51) finished the scoring.

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  • BHS volleyball keeps on rolling

    BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers remained unbeaten and, more importantly, got off to a good start in 5A-Central Conference play here Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the Beebe Lady Badgers.
    The game scores were 25-10, 25-11, 25-22.
    “Conference opener, on the road and we went out and played well and took advantage of it,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “We made another small change, moving Jayme (Shell) to a back row hitting position and she did well.”

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  • Southside tops Cave City

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners defended their home court and improved to 5-2 for the season by defeating the Cave City Cavewomen in three straight sets here Tuesday.
    Southside Head Coach David Shilkitus was impressed by his team’s “strictly business” approach to the match.
    “I like what I saw from us tonight,” Shilkitus said. “At times we seem to struggle with distraction, but tonight the whole team seemed focused on the task at hand. We hit 72 of 73 serves and played our style of game from start to finish.”

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  • Sharp courthouse to close

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day, said Sharp County Judge  Larry Brown.

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