Thursday, April 02, 2015

Murfreesboro Diamond

Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 11:36am
MAGNOLIA – As Southern Arkansas University’s Fishing Team continues to reel in points and rocket up the national rankings, the talented Mulerider anglers hope to recruit more team members and students to SAU.
The SAU Fishing Team was established in 2012, and by the end of last year’s season had already reeled in a ranking of 44 of the 278 national collegiate fishing teams. With strong finishes already this season, the team has raced up to number 34 in the U.S. 
SAU’s Joey Cifuentes, senior Exercise Science major from Clinton, helped develop the SAU team and continues to be a leader as he won the Co-angler Division of the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Rayovac Series at Rayburn Reservoir in October 2014. 
According to, Cifuentes took home the FLW title in a dream circumstance as he was co-angler with legendary pro Larry Nixon, who is “one of the most decorated bass fishing pros in the modern world.”
Cifuentes and “The General” Nixon grew up in the same part of Arkansas, met through family connections, went fishing together, and the pro took a liking to the SAU student, said the FLW report.   
In January, the SAU duo of Hunter Bruce, junior Criminal Justice major from Paris, Texas, and Steven Self, junior Agriculture Education major from Amity, Arkansas, earned a 19th-place finish among 93 teams in the FLW College Fishing event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. 
In February, SAU’s Charles Swilley Jr., freshman Agriculture Science major from Ashdown, and Troy Elliot, senior Communications Design major from Waldo, finished 30th and Bruce and Self earned a 36th-place finish at Lake Texoma. 
Bruce and Swilley are optimistic about the upcoming Big Bass Bash because of their previous experience at Kentucky Lake. The team will return to this familiar spot in June for the First Annual FLW College Open. 
“This year holds a lot for the team, we are competing in more tournaments than we have in years past,” said Bruce.
Tournaments are held all over the south, including in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and as far as Colorado.
“We will travel up to two days in advance to the lake that the tournament is on in order to figure out where and how to fish that specific lake,” said Bruce. “We then take what we have learned from that lake and build on other lakes as the season and years go by.”
Bruce sees the SAU Fishing Team as an excellent opportunity for students coming to the University who love the outdoors and love to get their hands dirty. He also understands the benefits to SAU, having a decorated team competing in prestigious fishing tournaments across the nation and bringing attention and publicity to the University. 
The SAU Fishing Team is made up of seventeen members and three advisors – Pablo Bacon, Jennifer Ford, and Sandra Smith. The team roster includes two female anglers: Melissa Day, a junior Marine Biology major from New Boston, Texas, and Lindsey Witham, a junior Nursing BSN major from Benton, Arkansas. Bruce said that they have only seen one other collegiate fishing team with a female angler. 
Witham, a strong member of the team, happens to be engaged to fellow team member Josh Roberts, a junior Agriculture Business major from Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
The team mainly focuses on the FLW College tournaments. They also plan to drop a line and participate in the B.A.S.S. College Series. 
Thanks to the generosity of SAU alum Fred Eason, 1969 Political Science major, the SAU fishing team angles in style in the beautiful Ranger Comanche, equipped with a powerful 225 Yamaha engine on the on the back. Eason brought the boat to campus in Fall 2013 and donated it to the SAU Foundation for the team. 
Each tournament consists of two fishermen, also known as anglers. These two anglers compete for their university against sometimes hundreds of other competitors. A winner is selected when the team weighs in a combined total of five fish at the end of the tournament hours; biggest combined weight wins.
SAU anglers just have to pay $25 at the beginning of the semester. Visitors are welcome at any of their 4 p.m. Wednesday meetings in Reynolds Center room 211. Follow them on Facebook, where they are the “SAU Fishing Club.”
Submitted Photo/SAU
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY FISHING TEAM ... The SAU Fishing Team is putting their boat to good use as they continue to make waves in the national rankings. Team members include, from left, Steven Self, Chuck Swilley, Josh Roberts, Lindsay Witham, Dakota Murphy, Keith Birchfield and Hunter Bruce. Not pictured are Melissa Day, Troy Elliott, Zane Harger, Josh Corbitt, Zan Webb, Cade Hinton, Andrew Langley, Austin Norwood, Justin Childs, Jeremy Brown and Ernest Turner.


Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 11:33am
By Avonne Petty
Pike County 4-H Program
MURFREESBORO -- On Saturday evening over 100 people joined the Extension Service staff in a celebration of the 2014 program. The theme was “Hunt for the Best, 4-H makes the Best Better.” County Extension Agent - Mike McCarter was honored with a clover award from the members. It read,  “Mr. Mike. Thank you for your years of helping us with our 4-H projects.”  
State 4-H officers, Heather Jackson and Ryann Grubbs welcomed everyone to the evening’s activities. Taylor Pate and Megan Rowton led the 4-H pledge, Bell Kesterson and Alex Vaughn led the Pledge of Allegiance. A talent song was performed by Rebekah Langley and Abby Johnson.
Reagan Grubbs introduced the guest speaker, Natalie Jones who was a former member of the Rosenwald club. Among her honors were being a State 4-H Hall of Fame inductee and a finalist for the Governor’s award, as well as serving two terms as a State 4-H officer.
Derek Vaughn and Cammie York presented Beginner Awards to Wilson Kesterson, Alex Vaughn, Baylie Clay, Bell Kesterson, Malaya Graham, and Megan Rowton. Vaughn, Clay, Kesterson, and Rowton are District record book winners.
Maria Eatmon and Andy Jackson were Intermediate category winners announced by Malaya Graham. They are also District record book winners.
Wilson Kesterson and Maria Eatmon presented the Advanced awards to Taylor Pate, Derek Vaughn, Ryann Grubbs, Heather Jackson, and Cammie York. Jackson, Grubbs, and York are finalist in the State record book competition.
Baylie Clay and Andy Jackson presented medallions to the following Cloverbud winners: Kent Eatmon, Alyssa Jones, Holden Allmon, Ramsey Terrell, Destini Fatherree, Jaxon Fatherree, Caleb Terrell, Emily Salter, and Christian Salter.
Jeanette Deaton, the County Extension Homemakers Club Council President, presented the EHC award to Malaya Graham for her work in the field of home economics.
Each of the Volunteer Leaders received recognition for their years of helping the members succeed. These were presented by Family and Consumer Science agent, Eva Langley. 
Avonne Petty presented the Prudential Spirit of Community medallion to Jackson of Caddo Gap, a senior at Caddo Hills High School, an engraved silver medallion to recognize her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of Arkansas’s top two youth volunteers of 2015. 
Along with our theme “4-H Makes the Best Better,” Mike McCarter awarded the Boy and Girl of the Year trophies.  In the Intermediate age group, Andy Jackson was the Boy of the Year, and Maria Eatmon the Girl of the Year. Beginner awards went to Alex Vaughn – the Boy of the Year, and Baylie Clay – the Girl of the Year.
 Because of a tie in judging, Advanced Girl of the Year trophies were awarded to both Ryann Grubbs and Heather Jackson. Derek Vaughn was the Boy of the Year recipient. The “Go Getter” award was presented to Taylor Pate of the Delightful Helping Hands 4-H club.
During the county fair last fall, members sewed blocks together for a Quilt of Valor. They were so enthusiastic they made enough blocks for two quilts. The quilts were on display so the youth could see how their blocks looked after the quilt blocks were sewn together. These quilts will be presented to former military men from the county who were wounded in the Middle East.
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 11:25am
NASHVILLE -- The Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) will conduct an area meeting on Tuesday March 24,at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Nashville.
There will be a small trade show of cattle industry-related vendors beginning at 4:30 p.m. that will include a presentation by Mark Campbell of Merial on their products. Merial’s owner, Randy Schilling, is one of the event’s major sponsors. 
The evening will conclude with a meal and demonstration of cattle related products.
“This is our regular Area Spring Conference. All ACA members or those interested in joining in Area 3 (which includes Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Scott and Sevier counties) are welcomed to attend for a free steak dinner,” said Carson Horn, state director of communications for Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. 
Associate sponsors for the event include returning sponsors Mix30, MultiminUSA, and Safe Money Advisors as well as Ozark Oak Charcoal and Cypress Valley Meats. 
All guests are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible by calling the ACA office at 501-224-2114. 
“Also, be sure to bring a to donate or be prepared to bid on a pie for the Arkansas CattleWomen’s pie auction,” added Horn.
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 11:19am
LITTLE ROCK — Applications are now available to high school students for the summer 2015 M*A*S*H camps. These camps will be located at 34 mostly rural medical facilities throughout Arkansas.  Three new host facilities have been added this year: Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello and ASU Mountain Home.
The two-week M*A*S*H camps are designed to expose rising high-school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations. Most of the camps are conducted at rural medical centers in hopes of attracting local students. 
“The MASH program gives students an inside look at various medical professions and is designed to spark students’ interest in the medical field,” said Jennifer Victory, rural health specialist for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “The idea is that future medical students from a rural background are more likely to return to their roots.”
Applications are available through school guidance counselors or by contacting the M*A*S*H director in your area. 
The local list of camp locations, with directors, is listed below:
• Arkadelphia, Baptist Health Medical Center, David Hennesee (870) 245-1242
• Hot Springs, Mercy Hospital, Karen Milholen (501) 622-4578
• Mena, Mena Regional Health System, Pam Posy (479) 243-2135
• Nashville, Howard Memorial Hospital, Sonia Bunyard, (870) 779-6262
For the full listing of camps across the state, please visit
County Farm Bureau organizations and the Arkansas Medical Mentor Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps at no cost. The partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Regional Centers, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health.
More information on the M*A*S*H program can be obtained by contacting Amber Marshall with UAMS, (501) 686-6188, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269.  
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 10:54am
By Avonne Petty
4-H Program Assistant
MURFREESBORO – One positive case of rabies has been determined in the county already this year. The location has not been published. The positive animal was a bat which is the major carrier of the disease. Hempstead County has also had a positive report. Last year set a record of 151 positive rabies cases in Arkansas. It is extremely important to have your dogs and cats immunized. Please see the vaccination schedule in this newspaper for times and locations in your area. This is a community service project between the area veterinarians and the 4-H clubs.
Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the nervous system of warm-blooded animals, particularly mammals. It is usually spread by an infected animal biting another animal or person. Rabies is a fatal disease that almost always leads to death, unless treatment is provided soon after exposure. 
Arkansas rabies law requires that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age by a licensed veterinarian. One shot is not enough: rabies vaccinations must be kept current so talk with your veterinarian about when your pet needs its rabies booster. 
The Arkansas State Public Health Laboratory tests animals for rabies. They test wildlife that has bitten or exposed a person or domestic animal. They also test pets that have bitten or exposed a person, or get sick with signs of rabies or die during a 10-day confinement after biting a person. The laboratory will also test agricultural animals that show signs of brain disease or have potentially exposed a person. Small rodents such as mice, rats, hamsters, etc., have never been known to transmit rabies to people and are not considered a risk for rabies. 
You may find further information on the internet – Rabies in Arkansas – Arkansas Department of Health. Updated maps are available showing the counties with confirmed rabies cases and can be viewed at
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 10:48am
Tri-County Relay Important Dates to Remember:
GET YOUR TEAM SIGNED UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at, if you have any questions you can contact Beth Vines, Karen Voan, or Christy Buck.
Going on Now -- You can purchase a luminary for $10.00 each or a Tiki Torch for $25.00 each, that will be placed along the side of the football track on relay night for “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” a loved one. You can purchase online at , Angie Jenkins (Luminary Chair), or any relay team.
Going on Now -- Peace, Love, & a Cure is taking orders on T-Shirt orders. It’s a dark gray t-shirt with a purple & white letters & it says “Keep Calm & Carry On” & there $20.00 each. Contact Paula Fogle or Kendra Glover for more information.
Going on Now -- MawMaw’s Sunshine & Smiles (Jenkins Family) is having a T-Shirt fundraiser for $20 each. It’s a black t-shirt with purple & white letters. You can order online at or contact Nicole Reid for more details. 
Going on Now -- Showing for a Cure team is selling tickets on a painting that says “Hope Anchors the Soul” $1.00 a ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets. Please contact Lisa Simpson or Christie Simpson for more details. 
Friday, March 27th -- Relay T-Shirt/Relay Sponsor Deadline
Saturday, March 28th -- Bark for Life sponsored by Team Shiners will be at the Glenwood City Park at 10:00 a.m. $10 entry fee. Contact Beth Nolen for more details.
Monday, March 30th -- Team Captain Meeting at Centerpoint Elementary Cafeteria (Glenwood Campus) at 6.
Saturday, April 4th -- Team H.A.R.T. (Glenwood Nursing Home) will be hosting a Relay 5k race. Entry is $25 and includes a race t-shirt. Race starting at 8:00 a.m. & pick up race packets starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Glenwood City Hall. For more information please contact the Karen Voan or Shelly Sirmon.
Monday, April 6th -- Deadline to turn in your Denim & Diamonds Celebrity Waiter guest count into Beth Vines, so we can order the food.
Saturday, April 11th -- Relay Fishing Tournament hosted by Team Baker at Lake Greason. Contact Beth Vines for more details.
Saturday, April 11th -- Denim & Diamonds Celebrity Waiter at Centerpoint High School 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
$25.00 a ticket
Menu: Dorey’s Catfish & Ribs w/fixins
Entertainment: Ronnie Bear Band
Live Auction & raffle/silent auction
If you would like tickets to the Denim & Diamonds Celebrity Waiter event, please contact Beth Vines or any relay team.
Monday, April 13th -- Committee/Leadership Team meeting location at Fish Nest at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25th -- Annual Relay Pageant hosted by “Showin for a Cure team”. Location T.B.A. starts at 2:00 p.m. Contact Lisa Simpson or Christie Simpson for details.
Monday, April 27th -- Team Captain Meeting at Centerpoint Elementary Cafeteria (Glenwood Campus) at 6 p.m.
Monday, May 11th or Tuesday, May 12th -- Relay Bank Night
Friday, May 15th -- Tri-County Relay for Life at Centerpoint Football Field; new relay times 6 p.m. – Midnight (no staying all night). 
   • Survivor Dinner -- Before relay activities start. Menu: Smoked Meat with the fixings.
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 10:44am
Heather Grabin
Editor, Murfreesboro Diamond
PIKE COUNTY -- Diamond Park Speedway will soon be opening for the 2015 racing season.
Playdays will be held Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28 from 2-6 p.m. The first night of racing will be Saturday, April 4.
The tracks website has the schedule, complete list of rules and other information including registration forms and W9’s that can be printed, filled out and ready to turn in at the first race.
The 2015 Racing Schedule is as follows.
N=Novice, F=Factory, P=Pure, S=Street, ML=Modlite
21-Playday 2-6 p.m.
28-Playday 2-6 p.m.
4-First night of racing; N, F, P, S, ML
11-Max Adams Memorial Modifieds-$1,500 to win; N, F, P, S, ML
18-No races
25-First night of points; N, F, P, S, ML
1-Comp Cam Super Late Models; N, F, P, S, ML
2-No races
9- N, F, P, S, ML
16- N, F, P, S, ML
23-Big Block Modifieds; N, F, P, S, ML
30-No races
6-N, F, P, S, ML
13-N, F, P, S, ML
20-N, F, P, S
26-U.S.C.S. Sprints; N, F, P, S, ML
27-No races
4-No races
11-Southern Outlaw Late Models; N, F, P, S, ML
18-N, F, P, S, ML
25-N, F, P, S, ML
1-N, F, P, S, ML
8-N, F, P, S, ML
15-N, F, P, S, ML
22-No races
29-Southern Outlaw Late Models; N, F, P, S, ML (last night of points)
September, October and November
To be announced