The Calico Rock Pirates travel to North Arkansas College in Harrison on Friday, March 7 and take on Stephens in 1A state basketball. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The Norfork Panthers take on Caddo Hills at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. Viola Lady Longhorns take on Caddo Hillsj on Thursday as well, at 7 p.m.

The Salem Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds travelled to Pangburn last week for regional action.
The Greyhounds lost in first round action against EPC 46-60 ending their season. The Lady Greyhounds beat Rector 63-62 and fell to Marmaduke 64-35 putting them in the consolation bracket and earning them a trip to state.
The Lady Greyhounds will take on Spring Hill at 1 p.m. at Hampton High School on Friday, March 7.

Melbourne Lady Bearkatz were tough throughout regional action and won runner up in the championship game against Rivercrest, 53-61 in Mountain View on Saturday, March 1. The Lady Katz punched their ticket to state with their win over Corning 68-37 and Manila in overtime 60-58. They will travel to Charleston High School and play Danville at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 in first round state hoops. Photo/V.Haas

The Melbourne Bearkatz took the runner up slot in Regional action and garnered a spot in state with their win over Osceola 76-68 and Valley Springs 37-34. The Katz travel to Charleston High School on Friday, March 7 and take on Cedarville at 8:30 p.m. Photo/V.Haas

The Izard County Lady Cougars won Regional runner-up and advance to the Class 1A State Tournament at Harrison on Friday at 7 p.m. and will play the Bradley Lady Bears in the first round. The Izard County Cougars take on Emerson at 8:30 p.m. Photo/T.Stephens

Celtic Breeze Band and the U.S. Forest Service invite you to attend Celtic in the Caverns, a concert featuring Scottish and Irish music played from one of the worlds most impressive natural stages, the Great Cathedral Room at Blanchard Springs Caverns, just north of Mountain View.
Show times are Saturday, March 15 at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 cash or $21 credit. Price includes admission to the cavern stage, but does not include the full cave tour.
Tickets and information are available at For Mother Earth, located on Main Street in Mountain View or by calling 870-585-2406.
Seating is limited to 100 per show.

Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill will host a two night revival on Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Each night the Evangelist will be Bro.Tony Hutson Pastor of Middle Tennessee Baptist Church.
Everyone is invited to hear “old time preaching” from this man of God. For more information or a ride call Pastor Randy Bailey at 870-322-7316.

Youth exhibitors in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area are reminded that online entries for the Spring Junior Livestock Show opened on March 1 and will close on March 31. The show will be held April 17 and 18 at the fairgrounds at Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats, and horses in the spring show.
The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at
Exhibitors must enter online before March 31 and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Entry fees should be mailed to NCA District Fair, Post Office Box 92, Sturkie, 72578.

Sharp County voters are headed to the polls.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, March 11 to determine a 1.5 percent sales tax increase county-wide providing for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11. Early voting began March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CrownPoint Health and Rehab, 1203 South Bend Drive, will be hosting a free Community Health Fair on Friday, March 7 in Horseshoe Bend.
They will open their lobby from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for the community to participate in free health services.
The Ozarka College LPN Class will be offering free cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and CrownPoint Health will have free glucometer and oxygen checks, and balance screenings by a physical therapist. Local and surrounding area health industry businesses will have booths, and there will be snacks and a door prize.

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