The 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be Saturday at the White River Sand Bar in Batesville. Registration will be at noon with the plunge at 1 p.m.
Awards will be presented to the individual and team with the best costumes as well as the individual and team raising the most money. Plungers raising at least $50 in donations will receive a T-shirt; those raising $250 will receive a T-shirt, LED flashlight and bag. Those raising $500 will receive a T-shirt, LED flashlight, bag and large plush beach towel. Those raising $1,000 will receive all that plus an insulated picnic basket.
SOUTHSIDE — It was routine business for the Southside School Board, which met Feb. 13.
The board approved four transfers from Batesville and three from Concord, as well as three to Cedar Ridge.
In other business it approved a district technology and use plan as well as the extension of contracts for principals and assistant principals, federal programs coordinator, curriculum coordination and preschool/after-school programs director.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in Arkansas is $3.43 — which is 20 cents higher than it was a month ago.
The AAA says the national average today is $3.57 a gallon. That’s also up almost 20 cents from last month.
The surge in gas prices follows an increase in the price of oil.
In Arkansas, the Pine Bluff metro area had the most expensive gas, averaging $3.47 a gallon. The price was $3.43 in the Little Rock-North Little Rock area, and $3.36 in northwest Arkansas.
Prices in Texarkana were $3.43 per gallon.
They hang out with some of the biggest names in rock, get invited backstage and party like rock stars.
Raymie and Lanna Bradford of Batesville have been hanging out with famous bands such as L.A. Guns, Tesla and FireHouse for the past 17 years and have a room in their home full of signed autographs and memorabilia.
MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police are investigating a Calico Rock house fire that is suspected to be the result of arson.
The house, owned and occupied by Bruce and Brandy Sandy, located at 12 Bonnie St., was reported as being on fire around 9 a.m. Thursday. No one was in the house when firefighters from Calico Rock and Pineville arrived.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas pitcher Barrett Astin is being honored for his performance over the weekend.
Southeastern Conference officials announced Monday that Astin was named player of the week after throwing five hitless innings, a career high, and striking out seven in Sunday’s game against Villanova.
Astin has a 6-2 record with three saves and a 2.51 earned-run average in 28 appearances, including four starts.
Astin and the rest of the Razorbacks return to the field today and Wednesday for a 2-game homestand against Northwestern State.
HOT SPRINGS — Bob Baffert didn’t stop with just one Kentucky Derby hopeful.
A pair of Baffert-trained horses, Castaway and Secret Circle, won both divisions of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode both horses to the wins in the mile Derby prep race, which was split into two divisions after 21 horses were entered. Baffert wasn’t on hand for the wins, but the trainer left his mark on the day in front of a crowd of 29,313.
The Lyon College Scots and Saint Francis Fighting Saints battled through another pair of 1-run games and split another doubleheader Monday at Scots Field.
The Scots took the opener by a 3-2 count. The visitors from Joliet, Ill., won the extra-inning nightcap by the same score.
On Sunday, Lyon had, again, won the opener by a 3-2 score, and Saint Francis won the nightcap 4-3.
STARKVILLE (AP) — Mississippi State’s once-promising season has been derailed by a surprising three-game losing streak.
Now conversations about a deep run in the NCAA Tournament have suddenly turned into a debate if the Bulldogs (19-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) can make the tournament at all.
And things don’t get any easier when No. 1 Kentucky (26-1, 12-0) comes to town tonight, bringing its 18-game winning streak and multiple NBA prospects to Humphrey Coliseum.
“I’ve seen a lot of Kentucky teams and this may be as good as I’ve seen,” coach Rick Stansbury said.
DAYTONA BEACH (AP) — Kyle Busch twice appeared destined to destroy his race car, and twice used breathtaking saves to keep on running around Daytona International Speedway.
He probably shouldn’t have been in position to race with the leaders. Yet there he was, bearing down on the finish line with a shot at winning Saturday night’s exhibition Budweiser Shootout, and with a slingshot pass on the outside of defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, Busch pulled off a miraculous win in the first event of 2012.
Not too shabby of a start to the season.
LOCUST GROVE — Ronnie Gene Turner, 57, of Locust Grove died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Dec. 7, 1954, in Batesville, he was the son of Virgil Robert Turner and Rosie Irene Smith Turner. He was of the Baptist faith. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed guns, hunting, fishing, camping and nature.