Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:39pm
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes closed out their regular seasons Friday with dual victories over Arkansas Baptist.
Boys’ action was intensely competitive and ultimately came down to a 56-52 overtime victory for Nashville.
The first period started off slow for the Scrappers with only three points from Brandon Shamrock and one point from Cameron Alexander, while the Eagles managed to score 10 points in the period.
Nashville’s offense heated up in the second with 16 points scored, and their defense tightened up in turn, holding the Eagles to only nine points in the period. Shamrock led the way with eight, LaMichael Pettway scored his first five, Darius Hopkins had his first two, and Alexander made another free throw for one point. Going into the half, the Scrappers held the lead by one point, 20-19.
Up by one going into the third period, the Scrappers outscored the Eagles by three points in the period to widen their lead to 34-31. Alexander had his first real scores of the night in the third with seven points, Pettway scored four, and Hopkins scored three.
The fourth period was a hard fought battle between the two teams with Nashville scoring 15 points and Arkansas Baptist scoring 18. With 50 seconds left in the game, the Scrappers and the Eagles were deadlocked at 48 points each. Arkansas Baptist responded with a 1-1 free throw attempt, sinking the first shot but missing the second to bring their lead over Nashville to one point with 10.3 seconds remaining in the game. After the drive down the court the Scrappers passed the ball to Alexander down low and with six tenths of a second left in the game, Alexander was fouled. With the game in his hands, Alexander sank the first shot to tie the game at 49, but the second attempt fell short, sending the game into a four minute overtime.
The first overtime game of the season for Scrappers ended in victory as Nashville scored seven points compared to the Eagles, who only scored four. In overtime the Scrapper defense held the Eagles from making shots in the lanes and from making any open jump shots, thus ending the game with a win 56-52.
All of the Scrapper players scored in double digits except Trey Hughes, who had two points on the night. Alexander led the team with 17, followed by Shamrock who scored 14, then Pettway with 13, and Hopkins had 10.
The Scrappers will return to action this week in the district tournament at Nashville. Who they will play in game one has not yet been determined and will depend on makeup games scheduled for tonight.
Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:29pm
Average retail gasoline prices in Arkansas have risen 6.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.14/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,826 gas outlets in Arkansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Arkansas during the past week, prices yesterday were 44.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 8.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 34.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“After weeks of relative stability with little change in gas price nationally, we’ve seen a new trend develop that has sent the national average to its highest level since mid-October,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Oil prices have recently surpassed $100/bbl, a $6/bbl jump since we began 2014, and unfortunately this new trend may signal the beginning of “March Madness”, the time of year that brings large spikes in gas prices. Very few stations have gasoline under $3/gal, and I expect those few stations will all but dry up over the next couple weeks. The national average will likely rise 35-50 cents per gallon by the time gasoline prices peak in April or May, ahead of the start of the summer driving season that brings the switch to more expensive, cleaner burning summer gasoline,” DeHaan said.
Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:26pm
A Nashville man was arrested on a forgery charge Friday.
According to Police Chief Dale Pierce, officers took 35 year old Silvano Gomez Hernandez into custody as the result of an undercover operation conducted by Investigator David Stinson.
Hernandez is accused of selling undercover officers a fake Texas ID and Social Security card in late February or early March of last year. Pierce said the suspect was employed at Mission Plastics at the time of the sale under the false name Padeo Villanveva.
Hernandez is currently listed as an inmate at Howard County Jail. His bond has been set at $25,000.
Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:05pm
NASHVILLE - An Ozan man received four concurrent prison sentences after pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges Wednesday in Howard County Circuit Court.
Donald Wynn, 56, was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for possession of methamphetamine, six years for possession of drug paraphernalia, 15 years with five suspended for simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and 15 years with five suspended for possession of firearms by certain persons. He was also ordered to pay court costs related to the case.
Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 10:59pm
Smoldering rubble is all that remains of a home at 314 W. Henderson St. in Nashville after the structure caught fire Sunday night. According to Fire Chief Jerry Harwell, authorities were alerted to the blaze just after midnight and remained on scene battling the inferno until approximately 5 a.m. Harwell said the occupants of the home were transported by ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital with injuries sustained during the fire, but no one was killed by the blaze. He added that, because of the extensive damage to the home, it is unlikely that the cause or origin of the fire will be determinable.
Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 10:55pm
NASHVILLE - A cold winter has been even colder to many area residents’ pocketbooks.
The price of propane, which many in this area use to heat homes and businesses, has increased by well over 200 percent in just the past few months, according to multiple sources.
Talk of a propane shortage has pre-occupied many state legislatures and even Congress. Several proposals have been made to blunt the impact of the shortages in the mid-west and rising costs across the country.
Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 10:45pm
NASHVILLE - Local city alderman and business owner Matt Smith announced Thursday he will seek the Democratic nomination in the race to represent Arkansas’s 19th House District.
A three term member of the Nashville city council, Smith said he was motivated to seek the office out of a desire to represent the district “with integrity and family values.”
“I’ve lived and worked in the district all my life. I feel like southwest Arkansas is a great place to work and raise a family,” he explained. “I want to maintain pride in our community, continue with progress being made and recognize potential in all areas of our district.”
Post date: Feb 12 2014 - 11:05am
HOPE - The Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a potential scam targeting the area.
According to a statement issued by Sheriff James A. Singleton, authorities have received several calls reporting that the victims’ phone would “ring one time and when they attempted to return the call, no one was on the line.”
Most of the victims thought nothing of the event until they received their phone bill for the month, which had several additional charges for calls from Grenada, the British Islands and Antigua, Singleton said.
“The scammers are calling cell phone numbers, letting it ring once and then hanging up. If you call the number back, you will be charged approximately $20 for the international call and then about $10 per minute on your phone bill,” he explained. “Please be aware of this and if you receive any calls from a foreign country or an unknown number be cautious before calling the number back.”