Cushman, AR


Fugitive is returned to face charges

A man who had a failure to appear warrant issued in late 2020, returned to Baxter County Circuit Court Monday. Thirty-eight-year-old Brandon Matthew Allen Farrell entered a guilty plea to drug-related charges and was put on probation for five years. Farrell, who has listed addresses in Mountain Home and Mountain...
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Lady Hawks edge Mabank 7-6

Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks win a thriller by taking the lead late in the game in a 7-6 victory over Mabank. The Lady Hawks Were done 6-2 entering the top of the 7th. When Koller came into score on the RBI by Mackenzie Williams. Hailey Allen hit a double down the left field line. Abi Runion then hit the single over 2nd to make it 6-5. This set up the heroics for Kaylee Gann who doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring the two runs to give the Hawks the 7-6 lead. Lady Panthers had the bottom of the 7th to try to tie It back up, but after a strikeout, and a groundout to The Pitcher Lexi Snyder. On Lexi Snyder’s 362nd pitch of the Series she got a fly out to the Left Fielder Ann Lindsay to end the game and the series.

United Way expands FoodShare token program to Jacksonport

There will be a second Farmer’s Market in Door County where you can use your FoodShare dollars this summer. The United Way of Door County announced this week that it would be offering its token program at the Jacksonport Farmer’s Market this year in addition to the Sturgeon Bay Farm Market. Foodshare/Snap beneficiaries can exchange their funds for one-dollar tokens that can be redeemed for eligible items at participating vendors. By increasing access to locally grown produce, Community Impact Coordinator Shauna Blackledge says the token program is a win-win for everybody.

2 Drug dealers sentenced to life for murder of federal witness

LITTLE ROCK — Two drug dealers will spend the remainder of their lives in prison after conspiring to cause witness tampering resulting in death. Thirty-eight-year-old Samuel “Big Hit” Sherman of Batesville, and 38-year-old Donald Bill Smith of Malvern, were both sentenced today to life in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system. United States Chief District Judge D. P. Marshall, Jr., imposed the sentences. Smith and Sherman were indicted in September 2019 in connection with the death of Susan Cooper, who had bought methamphetamine from Sherman but had begun working as an informant for law enforcement. In May 2016, Sherman was arrested and charged with selling methamphetamine to Cooper. As his case progressed, Sherman was released and permitted to work as an informant himself.Though Sherman was supposed to be working as an informant, he had not provided enough information to help his case, and in September 2016, Sherman learned he was facing a significant federal prison sentence. Evidence at trial showed that upon learning this, Sherman called Smith, who was a methamphetamine dealer in the Malvern area. Smith had sold drugs to Rachael Cooper, who was Susan Cooper’s sister-in-law (they were married to brothers).

Lyon College confers 145 degrees to 2022 graduating class

Lyon College confers 145 degrees to 2022 graduating class. Keynote speaker Dr. Brooks Blevins, ‘92, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies in the history department at Missouri State University, used the life stories of three Lyon alumni to illustrate the value of perseverance, patience and pragmatism: detailing the turbulence that Lyon College has faced, yet highlighting what it means to survive.

Trucker saluted for saving 6 victims from fiery crash

The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Zach Yeakley, from Batesville, Arkansas, a Highway Angel for rescuing six victims from a chain-reaction crash. On March 17, around 8:15 a.m. CT, Yeakley was hauling a full truckload of freight to West Memphis, Arkansas, when he heard on his CB radio about an accident up ahead. He was on Interstate 57 near Charleston, Missouri. He soon noticed smoke and a man wearing a safety vest flagging down drivers to alert them to the accident.

Ford named chief lending officer at First Community

Longtime First Community Bank employee Dwight Ford has been promoted to executive vice president, chief lending officer. In his new role, he will lead and direct the institution’s overall loan portfolio. With 27 years of experience in banking, Ford joined First Community Bank in 2007 and he most recently served as executive vice president, chief credit officer, the bank said in a release.

Saturday schedule includes 4 area teams playing for spot in state finals

Baseball, softball and soccer make up the local Saturday schedule. The Melbourne High School softball team will look to punch its ticket to next week’s state championship game. The Lady Bearkatz will face conference foe Tuckerman in the semifinals of the Class 2A State Tournament at South Side-Bee Branch. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.

Izard County, Melbourne fall in state baseball quarterfinals

Izard County was bounced from the Class 1A State Baseball Tournament Friday in Arkadelphia. The Cougars ended up falling to Nemo Vista 8-6. Izard County’s season ends at 20-8. Melbourne fell just short of advancing to the semifinals of the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament at South Side-Bee Branch....

Friday softball results include season enders for 2 Class 1A teams

The season ended Friday for two area high school softball teams in the Class 1A State Tournament at Arkadelphia. Calico Rock fell to Wonderview 9-0, and Mammoth Spring lost to Taylor 15-0. Melbourne is one win away from advancing to the championship game of the Class 2A State Softball Tournament....

Baseball update: Pioneers to play for state final berth

Flashback to one year ago and the Batesville Pioneers came up just a run short of advancing to the state semi-finals. Fast forward to Friday, and they would make sure that one run wouldn’t be an issue as they defeated the Sylvan Hills Bears 13 to 8 at Majestic Park in Hot Springs.