Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nashville News

Post date: Feb 20 2014 - 2:37pm
NASHVILLE - Congressional candidate James Lee Witt addressed the Howard County Democratic Committee Tuesday evening during their monthly meeting.
Witt, who is pursuing the seat for Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District, spoke to the crowd of about 35 about his background and his goals as a candidate.
Witt began speaking about growing up in Paris, AR, as a child of a farm laborer and a domestic. He mentioned starting his own construction company as a young man and building it to employ a half dozen people. He discussed running for county judge in Yell County, still as a young man, and serving in that post for 10 years. He then mentioned taking charge of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management under then Governor Clinton, and moving to take charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when Clinton became President.
He described that agency as being oversized and ineffective when he came to it, as well as being a poor reflection of the American populace. He said that he was able to reduce the size of the bureaucracy in FEMA while making it more effective and more representative of the United States.
 
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Post date: Feb 20 2014 - 1:51pm
MINERAL SPRINGS – The Mineral Springs Hornets and the Lady Hornets advanced to the semi-final round of the district tournament this week after posting victories over the Murfreesboro Rattlers and Lady Rattlers Monday and the Gurdon Lady Go-Devils and Dierks Outlaws Tuesday.
 
SENIOR BOYS
Mineral Springs began their run with a 65-34 victory over the visiting Rattlers. The first period of play brought the Hornets ahead by ten with a score of 17 to 7. 
Jerry Hollins led with a trey and two field goals, while Kendrick Langston followed with a field goal and two free throws. Cameron Lacy, J’Von Atkins and Jumarcus Lacy rounded out scoring with a field goal each.
The Hornets continued to pull ahead of the Rattlers in the second, scoring 15 points against the Rattlers’ nine. Turner led the scoring for the second period with a trey and a field goal. Atkins followed with a field goal and two free throws, while Langston, C. Lacy and KeyShawn Davis scored with a field goal each, making the score 32 to 16 going into the half.
Double digit scoring continued for Mineral Springs going into the third period with 14 points to the Rattlers’ 11. Atkins led the scoring with double treys and a field goal, while Turner, C. Lacy and Hollins each scored with a field goal each.
The last period of play saw the Hornets score mercilessly against the Rattlers, putting up 19 points while holding the Rattlers to seven. Hollins led the team with a double deuce. Shavon Velcoff followed with a trey and a free throws, while Davis scored with a single trey and C. Lacy followed with a field goal with a free throw. Atkins scored with a single field goal and Jordan Leeper finished with a field goal, making the final score 65 to 34.
Tuesday night, the Hornets took on the Direks Outlaws in the second round of the tournament and posted a 62-52 victory. 
In the first period, Mineral Springs held the Outlaws to only nine points while scoring 13 in the quarter. Atkins led the way for the Hornets in the first with six points, while Davis had three and Hollins and Langston had two points a piece. 
Going into the second period with a four point lead, the Hornets stepped up their offense and scored 21 points - over twice as many as the Outlaws, who were held to 10 points in the period. Atkins had another six points along with Langston who also had six. Perkins scored his only four in the second, Leeper scored his only three of the game and Turner also scored his only two points in the second period. 
At the half, the Hornets led the Outlaws 34-19, but Dierks refused to go down without a fight in the third stanza. The Outlaw offense shot back to life with 18 points in the third period and 15 points in the fourth, but it proved too little, too late because the Hornets also scored in double digits in the last two periods with 16 points in the third and 12 in the fourth. 
Atkins had a great night offensively, scoring six three pointers in the game for the Hornets and leading the team with 23 points. Langston ended with 12 points, followed by Hollins with nine and Perkins with four. Davis, Leeper and Whitherspoon all scored three a piece, Turner scored two, and Velcoff ended with one point.
 The Hornets will return to action Thursday in the semi-finals as they face the undefeated Blevins Hornets at 5:15 p.m.
 
 
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Post date: Feb 19 2014 - 12:55am
MINERAL SPRINGS - A Nashville man was arrested Monday afternoon on drug charges.
According to a statement issued by Sheriff Butch Morris, Deputies Jade Hughes and Timmy Floyd took 32 year old James Younger into custody around 2:30 p.m. after conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle for allegedly having a broken tail light and traveling through a curve on the wrong side of the road.
“The vehicle was stopped and when Deputy Floyd approached the driver, Bridgette Davis, and asked for her driver’s license she stated that her driver’s license was suspended,” Morris said in the statement. “Deputy Floyd checked the driver’s license through ACIC and found that they were suspended.”
After placing Davis, 25, under arrest for driving on a suspended license, Morris said deputies detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and asked the passenger, later identified as Younger, to exit the vehicle.
“The passenger did not want to get out of the vehicle because he stated that he had a hurt foot,” Morris said. “Mr. Younger finally did get out of the vehicle and officers found a small black bag by his seat that contained marijuana.  Deputies also found a quarter gram of ‘ice’ methamphetamine in the vehicle along with a glass light bulb.”
Younger faces charges of possessing marijuana, possessing methamphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $10,000.
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Post date: Feb 19 2014 - 12:51am
MINERAL SPRINGS - Former state representative and longtime political operative Bobby Tullis announced Tuesday he will seek the office of mayor in the coming election cycle.
Tullis, who spent nearly 15 years in the state legislature from 1979 until 1993, said his campaign would be centered around rejuvenating both the city’s infrastructure and its tax base.
“Like a lot of small towns, Mineral Springs has good, basic, raw material to work with but it needs some leadership and some inspiration,” he explained during a brief interview. “Already you can see signs of a turning around - a lot of folks in town are investing in redoing their properties and I would hope to build on that.”
Although he is quick to point to others in the community who are renovating properties for commercial or personal use, Tullis himself has been a part of the effort as well, purchasing an early 1900s-era home that he plans to convert into a small office complex. He said he has already received a commitment from a local insurance agency and is currently looking at other options to fill the remaining space in the structure.
“I’m looking at either retail space or a food bank,” he said. 
“I’ve got a lot of ideas I want to talk about.”
As mayor, Tullis said his administration would feature a “strong management style” and aggressively pursue grants from both federal and state sources.
“Over the next four years, I’d like to get at least $500,000 in new investment through grants, and I’m a big advocate of affordable housing,” he said. “Anything that we can do to encourage new building, rental property or residential homeowner, it’s a plus-plus because we’ve already got the infrastructure there.”
Speaking further of infrastructure, Tullis said he would also seek to use existing revenues the city makes from the sale of water and sewer to repair and replace much of the town’s sewer and water systems, some of which date to the 1930s.
In the end, though, the candidate described his campaign as one of action.
“The main thing is I want the rest of the world to know Mineral Springs is open for business and that if I’m mayor, we’re gonna go block by block and fix whatever needs to be fixed on those blocks,” he said. “We’ve got new investment in town, new spirit in town and I think in the next four years you’re gonna see a different Mineral Springs.”
Incumbent mayor Walter “Sonny” Heatherly was not available to comment on whether he will seek re-election to the office. There are no other announced candidates in the race.
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Post date: Feb 19 2014 - 12:45am
NASHVILLE - Baseball and softball schedules for the upcoming Scrapper and Scrapperette seasons have been released by the school. They are as follows:
 
BASEBALL
Mon., March 3 at Nashville - 4:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 6 – 7 Ralph Gross Tournament at Nashville - 4 p.m.
Tues., March 11 at De Queen - 5 p.m.
Thurs., March 13 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., March 14 at Nashville – 5 p.m.
Mon., March 17 at Nashville – 5 p.m.
Thurs., March 20 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., March 21 at Nashville – 5 p.m.
Thurs. – Sat., March 27 – 29 at Magnolia – TBA
Mon., March 31 at Nashville – 5 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 3 at Foreman – 5 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 10 at Nashville – 5 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 11 at Ashdown – 5 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 14 at Pulaski Robinson – 4 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 17 at Spring Hill JV only – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 18 at Nashville – 5 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 21 at CAC – 5 p.m.
Tues., April 22 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 25 at Bauxite – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 28 at Dierks – 5 p.m.
Apr. 30 – May 5 at Pulaski Robinson – District Tournament TBA
 
Softball
Mon., March 3 at Benton – 4:30 p.m.
Tues., March 4 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., March 7 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., March 10 at Foreman – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., March 14 – Sat., March 15 at Benton – TBA
Mon., March 17 at Horatio – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., March 21 – Sat., March 22 NLR Tourney of Champs – TBA
Mon., March 31 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 3 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Mon.,  Apr. 7 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 8 at CAC – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 11 at Ashdown – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 14 at Pulaski Robinson – 4 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 18 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 21 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 22 at Spring Hill – 4:30 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 23 at De Queen – 3:30 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 24 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 25 at Bauxite – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 28 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
Mon., May 5 at Nashville – 4:30 p.m.
 
Watch future editions of the Nashville News for schedules from Dierks and Mineral Springs, as well as a schedule of area track meets.
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Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:58pm
DIERKS- Mayor Terry Mounts discussed the formation of a proposed park commission for the city park at a very brief meeting of the Dierks city council Monday evening.
Mounts said that he was seeking seven members total for the commission, as state rules say that commissions must have five members from inside the city if two members from outside the city are allowed on the commission, and that he definitely wants input from people who use the park but are not residents. He called for volunteers to sit on the commission, and asked for city council members to talk to people willing to serve. He also stated that he was looking into insurance coverage for events at the park, but hoped that he could pass his preliminary research to the park commission when it forms.
Before the close of the meeting, council member Roddy Smith stated that he “would not be in favor of” the planned replacement of a police vehicle in 2015 if the fund used to pay for such replacements did not rise at a faster pace than it had been. Other council members did not react to this comment.
 
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Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:52pm

Mine Creek Health and Rehab hosted a “My Bloody Valentine” blood drive at their location at 1407 North Main Street in Nashville this Thursday, Feb. 13. Pictured: Nichole Aylett, Keke Kramer, Nicole Brock, Tori Ewing, Denean McWhorter and Janice Jones.

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Post date: Feb 18 2014 - 11:49pm
At the Scrapper Showdown last Saturday night we bought a large box of frozen food items donated by Tyson Foods. We may have given a little more than it would have cost retail but it went toward a good cause: our Scrapper athletic program.
We divided the items up here at the News office and we were impressed with how many different items were in the box: chicken strips, steak fingers, sausage patties, glazed ham, seasoned fajita steak strips, grilling wings and beef pot roasts. Wow.
And most, if not all the items are microwavable, so even Bunch Nichols can prepare ‘em.
This morning I watched a webcast about Tyson featuring company president John Tyson. I was impressed by what Tyson had to say. He mentioned the words “diligent” and “strive” several times during the interview and the pride he has in Tyson Foods is pretty evident.
Y’all know how dependant we are on Tyson Foods here in Arkansas, but we seldom think about the innovations in food Tyson has accomplished in the last decade. There are too many to list, but I can guarantee you the food is better and A LOT easier to serve than the TV dinners we survived on in 1978.
I hope I used the right tone when I said, “we seldom think about the innovations.” I hope I reflect a grateful tone; grateful that we can worry about other things than having to prepare supper with only 15 minutes to spare; grateful that the food items are good and good for you; grateful that so little out of our disposable income is spent on food; grateful that Tyson has been on the forefront in food safety, responsible animal husbandry and concern for our planet.
So, this cold February morning, I’m grateful for Tyson Foods, and the way of life they’ve helped provide here in God’s country. Like Coach James “Bunch” Nichols said, “It doesn’t get any better than Nashville, Arkansas.”
“Beulah land, I’m longing for you, and some day on thee I’ll stand. There my home shall be eternal; Beulah land, sweet Beulah land.”
-Sweet Beulah Land
Squire Parsons
Psalm 24;1
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