• Pirates top golf trio at Mtn. Ranch

    FAIRFIELD BAY — Concord and Shirley split high school matches on the Mountain Ranch Golf Club course here Tuesday.
    Led by Luke Cornett’s medal-winning 4-over-par 40 for nine holes, the Pirates scored a 123, finishing 15 strokes in front of the Blue Devils. The West Side Greers Ferry Eagles finished third, another 28 strokes back.
    Teaming with Cornett, Ryan Cornelison shot a 41 and A.J. Cannon added a 42. Cameron Reesor’s 46 did not count in the team total.
    The Lady Blue Devils won as medalist Simone Sheele recorded a 44.

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  • Lady Southerners dominate Timberwolves

    NEWARK — Southside and Cedar Ridge squared off here Tuesday in four volleyball matches here Tuesday, and the visitors won them all.
    The Lady Southerners varsity outscored the Lady Timberwolves in three straight sets to improve their record to 1-1 for the season. Southside won 25-9, 25-4, 25-8.
    Southside Coach David Shilkitus said his team bounced back after Monday’s loss to Walnut Ridge.
    “This was a much better performance,” Shilkitus said. “This is how I expect us to play every night.”
    Shilkitus noted four specific things the Lady Southerners have improved.

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  • Lady Pioneers win big for 2-0 volleyball start

    SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers routed the Searcy Lady Lions for a 3-0, nonconference volleyball victory here Tuesday night.
    The Lady Pioneers improved to 2-0 with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 decision.
    Things will get tougher from here on out, Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said.
    “Our real test is going to be Thursday night,” she said of the nonconference road contest with Class 7A/6A Cabot, “ and then we’ve got Beebe next week.”
    That match in Beebe is scheduled for Tuesday and is the Lady Pioneers’ 5A-Central Conference opener.

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  • Music lessons

    My mother was under the illusion that I had some kind of musical talent.
    Mothers are like that.
    “If you don’t use your God-given talents, they will be taken away from you,” she would say while writing out a check for my weekly singing and piano lessons and reaffirming it with the “use it or lose it” biblical lesson.
    I knew the parable of the talents by heart and I didn’t want to lose mine.

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  • Truth behind the preaching

    As a children’s church teacher I’ve been told, “Guy, you’ve got the preaching down. It’s just the closing part you need to work on.” I’d always taken it as a compliment, at least until last Sunday. Poor little Jimmy … I just felt terrible.

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  • Experience to avoid

    I wonder what the Great Depression was really like.
    All we really know about it comes from old news reports and what our older family members told us.
    My father’s parents must have had a great time dating during the “Roaring ’20s.” They married in 1929, one month before the stock market collapsed.
    My grandfather was lucky, though. He had a good job, working directly for the Mellon family as an accountant.
    He helped feed and clothe his sisters’ children during the hardest times, though he would die in 1937 from strep throat (penicillin was not yet available).

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  • Junior Pioneers play in 3-way scrimmage

    HARRISON — Batesville Junior Pioneer Head Coach Doug Walls said he was pleased with the play of his eighth and ninth graders, but still sees room for improvement after Tuesday’s 3-way scrimmage with the Harrison Junior Golden Goblins and the Rogers Heritage Junior War Eagles.
    “They played hard, but we still have some things that we need to work on,” Walls said. “We have these scrimmages to see how we can be better.”
    The Junior Pioneers ran ten plays on offense and ten plays on defense against both teams.

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  • Southerners defeat Bobcats in preseason scrimmage

    SOUTHSIDE — The effort of the offensive line impressed first-year Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson more than any other unit during a preseason scrimmage Tuesday with the Walnut Ridge Bobcats on Stewart Field.
    “The whole team played well tonight, but I was most pleased with how the guys on the offensive line did,” Simpson said. “They did a great job of blocking for us.”

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  • C-Ridge receives funding

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District has received $150,000 in the form of a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program grant, Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb told the school board at its recent meeting.
    The 21CCLC program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, according to the grant’s website.

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  • Sawed-off shotgun found in truck

    A sawed-off shotgun was found in the possession of two men who were arrested following a traffic stop.
    Independence County Sheriff’s Office deputy Michael O. Moody reported that at about 6:30 p.m. Friday he was on patrol on Sidney Street when he saw a white Ford truck driven by Scott Bolin, 41, with Nathan R. Montoya, 26, as the passenger. Dispatch told Moody that Bolin was wanted on outstanding warrants so Moody pulled the truck over near East Main Street and St. Louis Street.

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  • SWAT team trains, tests range location

    Shots from automatic weapons spurted and stuttered, punctuated with louder explosions, but business went on as usual in Batesville’s historic downtown Friday morning. Some people in the area said they did not notice the sounds, some said they heard them but were not bothered, no calls were made to 911 and only one man reacted negatively.

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  • BHS places last in golf triangular

    SEARCY — The Batesville Pioneers finished last in a triangular golf match at the Searcy Country Club here Monday.
    The hosts, the Searcy Lions won with a 21-over-par 161. The Cabot Panthers finished 13 strokes back. The Pioneers finished another four strokes back.
    Madison Wright led the Lions with a 9-hole total of 38. Cabot’s Parker Pearson won the medal with a 2-over 37.
    Thomas Walton and Hayden Cockrill led Batesville with 42s, Sumner Barnes added a 46 and Hunter Freiert completed the team score with a 48. Taylor Moser’s 55 did not count in the team total.

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