• Guitar ‘master’ Doc Watson dies

    Doc Watson RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Doc Watson, the blind Grammy-award winning folk musician whose mountain-rooted sound was embraced by generations and whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world, died Tuesday at a North Carolina hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman and …

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  • Among all-state baseball selections half complete turns on double plays

    Six Guard-circulation area high school baseball players were recently named to Arkansas Activities Association all-state teams and three collected the honor for the second time. Midland junior Drew Fortson, Cedar Ridge senior Luke Henderson and Izard County senior Preston Harmon won the award for the …

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  • UA not saving ace this time around

    Nate Allen “Hog Calls” FAYETTEVILLE — Unlike last year, D.J. Baxendale won’t be rescuing Arkansas in the loser’s bracket of the NCAA Tournament baseball regionals. Baxendale will take a 7-4 record and a 3.02 earned-run average into Friday’s 1 p.m.  opener for the 39-19, second-seeded …

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  • Proposed schedules divide SEC

    DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the Southeastern Conference is tweaking its football and basketball schedules. Football coaches are having a tougher time deciding on what changes to make than their basketball counterparts. “The consensus is that there’s not …

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  • Justin Burns finishes 18th in nation

    Justin Burns, a former Izard County High School golfer, finished 18th in the NAIA National Golf Championships last week at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore. Competing as an individual for Central Baptist College in Conway, Burns shot rounds of 80-74-72-72 for a 298 total. …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Basketball NEW YORK (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets, recently sold by the NBA to Saints owner Tom Benson, won the league’s draft lottery Wednesday and the No. 1 pick overall — which they almost certainly will use to take Kentucky star Anthony Davis. Meanwhile, …

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  • Local tee-ball team wins tourney

    The Batesville Bad Boys 6-and-under tee-ball All-Star team went unbeaten while winning the Lonoke Memorial Day Classic. The Bad Boys defeated England 22-6, Lonoke 21-8, Brinkley 24-11 and, in the championship game, they edged Lonoke 19-18. The Cal Ripken League-sanctioned team is selected from the …

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  • Hardy O. Willis – Paid Obituary

    Hardy Willis Heaven needed a very special angel so he took our beloved Hardy O. Willis on Saturday, May 26, 2012, to fill the position. We are going to miss him so much but apparently there was a greater need for him up there than …

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  • Mamie Harris

    Mamie Harris NEW MADRID, Mo. — Mamie Alice Harris, 92, of New Madrid, Mo., died Saturday, May 26, 2012. Born July 1, 1919, in Lamar, she was the daughter of Rufus Ewell Pearson and Viola May Pearson. She married Chester A. Harris on Dec. 15, …

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  • LeRoy Bennett

    MOUNT PLEASANT — LeRoy Clarke Bennett, 72, of Mount Pleasant died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at his home. Born May 11, 1940, in Bell, Calif., he was the son of Authur Clarke Bennett and Marjorie May Gentry Bennett. He was united in marriage to Patricia …

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  • Candidate’s wife sued over credit-card debt

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Creditors have sued the wife of Democratic congressional candidate Scott Ellington to collect more than $26,000 in credit-card debt. Ellington says he disclosed the dispute with the U.S. House of Representatives in April. His campaign is questioning why the issue emerged …

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  • Elementary science winners named

    HIGHLAND — The Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative annual regional science fair was held recently at the gym at the Highland School District. Two hundred and fifty students, along with their teachers and other volunteers participated. Fourth grade overall winner was Bryson Hicks of the …

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