• Top seeds advance in French Open

    PARIS (AP) — The top-seeded players had early starts at the French Open this morning, and both Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka made it to the third round without a problem. A short time later, 2009 champion Roger Federer joined them, earning his record-breaking 234th …

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  • Hearing scheduled in Sandusky trial

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A hearing is scheduled to get under way inside a central Pennsylvania courthouse in the case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, less than a week before the planned start of his trial on 52 child sexual abuse …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Tennis PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams lost in the first round of a major tournament for the first time in her career, falling to Virginie Razzano 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the French Open on Tuesday. Williams came within two points of victory nine times, …

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  • Hardy Willis

    Hardy Willis SPRING MILL — Hardy O. Willis, 55, of Spring Mill died Saturday, May 26, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Graveside services will be at 8 a.m. Thursday in Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Cushman. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at Hardy …

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  • Otto Bishop

    Otto Bishop, 75, of Batesville died Monday, May 28, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Born March 30, 1937, at Belt Junction, Texas, he was the son of Otto Hamilton and Linnie Gertrude Fenn Bishop. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a businessman and a farmer. …

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  • Grady Brown

    Grady Lee Brown, 83, of Batesville died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in a Batesville nursing home. Born Jan. 22, 1929, in Guion, he was the son of Burley and Laura Turner Brown. He was of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors include two sons, Grady Edward Brown …

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  • Ricky Watkins Jr.

    Ricky Watkins Jr. Ricky Wayne Watkins Jr., 31, of Batesville died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his home. Born April 10, 1981, at Little Rock, he was the son of Ricky Wayne Watkins Sr. and Angela Degunion Watkins. He worked as a carpenter and enjoyed …

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  • Crystal Wilson

    Crystal Wilson CAVE CITY — Crystal Suzanne Wilson, 38, of Cave City died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at her home. Born July 6, 1973, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Junior and Martha Stone Justice. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing and softball. …

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  • Ricemen sweep Highwaymen in zone Legion baseball opener

    After sweeping Cabot in a home- and season-opener Saturday, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen got swept by the Jonesboro Riceland Ricemen in Zone II play Tuesday night at the North Complex. The visitors won the opener 6-5 in extra innings, then took the nightcap 7-1 …

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  • Roaming along the Buffalo

    The steady click of horses hooves on stone bounces off the towering limestone cliffs to echo up and down the slow moving river as cranes and other birds glide quietly by. The sky is a bright blanket of blue with mottled clouds occasionally blocking a …

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  • Former coroner dies

    Hardy Willis A former Independence County coroner has died of complications from a gunshot wound. Hardy Willis, who served as coroner from 2005 to 2010, had called 911 on May 10 saying he’d been shot in the back at his Batesville home. He died Saturday …

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  • Unity Fest brings in thousands

    The heat this Memorial Day Weekend did not stop the crowds from heading to Riverside Park for the seventh annual Unity Fest on the River, a fundraiser for John 3:16 Ministries. Nearly 5,000 people came through the park on Saturday to enjoy summer entertainment, a …

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