Think drugs aren’t in your neighborhood? Think again, according to police.
Recent drug busts show that drug dealers are using houses in neighborhoods, which might surprise the area residents. Knowing what signs to look for and the willingness to call the Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline can help an overwhelmed staff at Independence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division.
LITTLE ROCK — Both Democrats and Republicans have plenty on the line as they kick off the 2012 campaign with the filing deadlines in Arkansas this week.
Democrats are trying to rebound from a 2010 election where they lost control of the state’s congressional delegation, while Republicans are trying to reach a long-sought goal of a majority in the state Legislature.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers broke through against pressure in more ways than one Friday night in a high school basketball game in Pioneer Gym.
While defeating the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles 43-37, one of the 5A-East District’s big guns, they also shot holes in the Lady Eagles’ full-court pressure defense.
Eric “Gene” Smart, 39, of Batesville, Arkansas, died Monday, February 13, 2012, at a local hospital.
He was born in Batesville on April 17, 1972, and was the son of Tommy Gene Smart and Sandra Marie (Burris) Smart. He enjoyed watching the Razorbacks, the weather, and playing NCAA Football with his cousin, Johnny Burris and son, Cody Smart. Gene also liked to play basketball, enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was a carpenter and employed by Inspired by Prayer Landscaping and Remodeling, and he was a member of the Believers Community Church.
Jimmie Mae Moss Bell, 73, of Sun City, Arizona, was born April 10, 1938, in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, and was called to Heaven February 15, 2012.
She is survived by Max, her husband of 55 years; her children, Connie Bell and Joe Chato of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Carolyn and Neil Patterson of Canton, Georgia; grandchildren, Daniel Baker of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jessica Baker of Denver, Colorado; sisters, Wilma Prichard of Batesville, Arkansas, and Virginia Hawkins of Skiatook, Oklahoma; and numerous other loved ones.
Greene County Tech Lady Eagles (8-3, 5A-East District; 21-4, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (1-10, 3-19), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles are likely to be in a foul mood tonight. They absorbed their second loss in a row Tuesday night when the Paragould Lady Rams, their crosstown rivals, won 48-42, dropping the Lady Eagles to third in the district standings. They lost this time last week by 16 (48-32) at Beebe. When the Lady Pioneers visited Tech back on Jan. 27, the Lady Eagles won 63-25 as they hit nine of 11 3-point shots in the first half.
The Lyon College-Saint Francis baseball doubleheader set for Saturday has been moved to Monday, Lyon College Coach Tony Roepcke said.
The team from Joliet, Ill., and Lyon are set to play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sunday. Saturday’s games have been moved to Monday and the first pitch is set for 10 a.m.
“Their athletic director called and asked since there is a chance of rain on Saturday if we could move those games,” Roepcke said. “They’re coming a long way, so they wanted to avoid the possible rain-out.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas has rounded out its non-conference football schedule for the fall, hosting Rutgers on Sept. 22.
The Razorbacks announced this morning that it’s agreed to face Rutgers for the next two years, with the Razorbacks traveling to New Jersey in 2013 to take on the Scarlet Knights.
UofA Athletic Director Jeff Long says it’s been difficult to round out the Razorbacks’ non-conference games as the Southeastern Conference is still figuring out scheduling now that Missouri and Texas A&M have joined the conference.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Bearkatz will have a new basketball coach next season, but he’s a very familiar face to sports fans in the Guard circulation area.
Lindle Blevins was officially hired by the school board in a meeting Thursday night, Melbourne High Athletic Director Tim Massey announced this morning.
Blevins, 63, coached the Violet Hill boys to a state championship in 1983 and directed the Mount Pleasant senior girls to a state championship in 1999 and to a state runner-up finish the next season.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners advanced into the finals, defeating The Marianna Lady Trojans 59-26 in the 4A-2 District Tournament semifinals here Thursday night.
The Lady Southerners led 12-5, 35-9 and 46-23 at the quarter breaks.
Maggie Carlile led the Lady Southerners with 15 points and five rebounds. Jessica Robertson and Candace Smith each added 13 points. Jordan Hicks provided eight.
The Lady Southerners improved their record to 22-5 overall.
The Moms of the Military (MOMS) Prayer and Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church.
The meeting is open to all women with family serving in any branch of the military. The group meets the third Monday evening of each month to share experiences, military information and ideas, and to support one another. Child care will be available.
For information call Debbie Webb at (870) 251-2100 or the church at 251-1918. The church is located at 1003 Batesville Blvd.
In honor of Newspapers In Education week to be held March 5-9, the Batesville Daily Guard is calling on students to get creative.
The Guard is hosting a “Design an Ad” contest, in which students may design an original ad for one or more of the newspaper’s nine NIE sponsors. The contest is open to students of all ages.
Sponsors are First Community Bank, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Citizens Bank, Lyon College, Coleman Dairy/Kallsnick, Life Plus, Paul Hance, DDS; Liberty Bank and the Guard.