Willis Max Wycough, 70, of Batesville died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in a Little Rock hospital.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Heights Church of Christ in Batesville. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville under the direction of Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.
Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of North Heights Church of Christ, David Parker and Robert Thomas.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
GRAHAM, Texas — Joyce Lanell Rainwater, 80, of Graham, Texas, formerly of Batesville, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at her home.
Born July 20, 1931, at O’Neil in Independ-ence County, she was the daughter of Oren A. and Lucille McSpadden Fulbright. She married Joe Rainwater on Nov. 12, 1951, in Batesville. She was a graduate of Cushman High School and attended Arkansas College (now Lyon College). She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Graham.
MANSFIELD (AP) — Fire crews have contained a wildfire that destroyed one home near Mansfield in western Arkansas.
Scott County emergency dispatcher Anthony Hines said Wednesday that firefighters were still working on extinguishing hot spots, but that most of the blaze had been extinguished. Hines says there were no reports of injuries.
Firefighters were notified of the blaze near Arkansas Highway 378 about 4:30 p.m.
Hines said homes in the area were evacuated but he expected residents would be allowed to return home soon.
BAUXITE — The demand by oil and natural gas drillers for tiny ceramic particles led to an announcement Wednesday that a company plans to spend $100 million on a new factory in Saline County and to hire 140 new workers.
Saint-Gobain Corp. already makes the material at a plant in Fort Smith but needs a new factory so it can fill expanding orders, company officials said.
Southside Southerner Coach Kenny Simpson hopes the seniors on his squad can notch their first varsity win Friday when his team hosts the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves.
“The kids are tired of hearing about how they have never won a game,” Simpson said. “We want to start a new streak. We want it to be 1-0.”
The T-wolves won last year’s matchup 38-36.
“We got ahead of them pretty quick,” said T-wolves Head Coach Todd Lovell. “They started making a charge in the second half, but we were able to hold them off. We are expecting them (Southside) to be pretty good this year.”
No wonder Newport’s rookie head coach hinted that how the Greyhound defense performs Friday night in Pioneer Stadium may be the best early indicator of the team’s progress.
One, Coach Jeromy Poole’s background is defense. He and Kenneth Chick were co-defensive coordinators for the Greenwood Bulldogs, the Class 5A state champions last fall. That championship run was their fourth in six years and Poole played a role in three.