MELBOURNE — The North Central Arkansas District Fair continues tonight at the fairgrounds on LaCrosse Road near Melbourne with entertainment by J.R. Rogers and the All-Stars.
Rogers and his band will take the stage at 7 p.m. following the Petite Miss and Young Miss beauty pageants, which begin at 6, the same time the Fun Time Shows carnival midway opens.
Youth Day contests and viewing of exhibits began early today and continued throughout the day, with some livestock shows and judging following.
An H&H Rodeo Co. Ranch Rodeo begins at 6 tonight.
A high-speed police chase starting in west Batesville shortly after 9 this morning ended when the driver of a stolen propane service truck rammed a sheriff’s vehicle before slamming into a large boulder at the edge of Row Lake.
The chase started when a truck reported stolen earlier this morning from Heritage Propane was spotted in west Batesville and the driver, identified as Timothy Brady, 23, fled into downtown Batesville on Central Avenue.
Wednesday was a bad day for James Brent Dixon of Batesville.
First he and Katrina A. Coleman got into an argument inside the district courthouse on lower Main Street. Then he allegedly slapped her and walked away from the courtroom.
Then while he was walking up Main Street police stopped to take him into custody and he resisted, struggling with Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill and jail supervisor Lt. John Furgason.
Deputy Brian Luetschwager said when he arrived at the scene of the struggle, the officers had Dixon on the ground trying to handcuff him.
In spite of chest pains from an air bag deployment, 18-year-old Chandler Lowell managed to free his seat belt and crawl away from his heavily damaged pickup truck after it struck a tree at 1220 Earnhart Road near Bethesda Thursday afternoon.
Lowell, who lives at the nearby Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch, had just left the ranch on his way to a college class when the wreck occurred, according to ranch administrator Mike Cumnock.
CAVE CITY — A donkey basketball game will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cave City High School gym to raise money for the senior class drug-free graduation party next spring, said teacher and senior class sponsor Wanda Treat.
The seniors, as hosts of the donkey basketball game, will take on a team consisting of teachers as their opponents, Treat said.
Everyone is welcome.
Tickets are $6 in advance and front row VIP seats are $8 in advance.
Tickets will be $8 at the door and $10 for VIP seats, if any are left.
A pie and cake auction will be held at halftime.
OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough United Methodist Church will host a pancake breakfast from 4:30-11 a.m. Saturday.
Price is $4 and proceeds will go to the rebuilding of the Oil Trough Community Center which was destroyed by fire in December 2010.
“We are in the final stages of rebuilding but funds are running low,” Laura Pelley, one of the organizers said.
POCAHONTAS — The Southside Lady Southerner volleyball team defeated the Pocahontas Lady Redskins 3-0 in 4A-Northeast action here Thursday.
Southside won 25-12, 25-9, 25-21 to improve their record to 13-6 overall and 7-3 in conference.
“We’re extremely pleased with the performance tonight,” Southside Head Coach David Shilkitus said. “This was a big win for us, and we feel like we’ve put ourselves in a solid position for the remainder of the season.”
Shilkitus praised his team for their performance.
WYNNE — The Junior Lady Pioneers capped a sweep of the Wynne Junior Lady Yellowjackets with a 27-25, 25-23 volleyball victory Thursday night.
Sarah Hayes led the winners with four kills and 14 digs. Amanda Wolfe added four kills and five digs. Batesville scored seven points on Olivia Looney’s serve, including two aces. Looney added six digs.
The eighth-grade squad won 25-14, 25-10 and encouraged their coach. “For the first time, they really did a good job communicating with each other on the floor,” Coach Lisa McCord said.
The Trevecca Nazarene University Lady Trojans defeated the Lyon College Scots a 3-game contest Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
The visitors won 25-20, 25-19, 25-19.
Lyon’s record falls to to 5-11 overall and 0-5 in the TranSouth.
Scot Suzanne Fincham recorded 14 kills, a solo block and assisted on three others. Samantha Comet also tallied a solo block and assisted on three.
Emily Sprick posted 21 assists and four kills. Ariel Smith hit 13 digs and Chelsea Hinton tallied nine.
Circulation-area schools collected two team championships and three individual titles at the Sloan-Hendrix Invitational Cross Country Meet at the Old Davidsonville State Park course here Tuesday.
The team titles went to the Batesville Lady Pioneers and Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz and the individual crowns went to Batesville Lady Pioneer Logan Bishop, Southside Lady Southerners McKenzie King and Batesville Junior Pioneer Tristen Driver.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Summer was nearing its end. There would still be warm days before the fall weather set in, but the day held promise of good things for the future.
Dr. Larry Gould’s daughter was visiting and they were sitting on his deck overlooking a small lake.
“‘I’m really proud of you, Dad. You’ve really done well in your life,’” Rebekah told him.
“It was more than a statement. It was as if she had turned a corner and was realizing she could do anything she wanted with her life,” he said.
It was also the last words from her he would ever hear.
BOONEVILLE — Mary Sydney Miller, 70, of Booneville, formerly of Batesville, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Little Rock.
Born July 12, 1941, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of Guy and Rachel Packett Murphree. She was a graduate of Westside High School near Heber Springs. She was a retired beauty consultant for Maybelline Company. She was a member of Booneville Garden Club and an active member of the Senior Citizens Center in Booneville. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, sewing, going to flea markets, making lamp shades and doing upholstery.