February 13th, 2015
BAUXITE â€“ With second place Arkadelphia and Malvern losing on Tuesday night, the Bauxite Miners won beating the Waldron Bulldogs 49-43 to clinch the 7-4A Conference title and clinched the No. 1 seed in the 7-4A District Tournament which Bauxite hosts on Monday at Fred Dawson Gym.
â€śAt the end of the day, we got another win in conference,â€ť Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said, â€śand with Malvern (9-4) and Arkadelphia (9-4) losing, it gave us the outright conference title no matter what happens Friday.â€ť
HASKELL â€” With 36 percent of its students missing class this week, Harmony Grove High School is operating â€śas normal as possible,â€ť Superintendent Daniel Henley said.
Of the 360 high school students, 130 were absent on Wednesday. In addition to the absent students, Henley said six of the high schoolâ€™s 30 or so teachers have been home since the absenteeism spike started Tuesday.
Influenza is partly to blame.
â€śSome of it probably is flu,â€ť Henley said. â€śIâ€™m sure some [students] went to the doctor and some of them didnâ€™t. Some of them were showing flu-like symptoms.â€ť
A house fire that occurred Monday on Burton Street in Benton has claimed the life of its bedridden, 79-year-old resident.
Vivian Ramsey died Tuesday at Arkansas Children's Hospital's burn unit.
Fire marshal Bruce Armstrong reported that Capt. Randy Wright and firefighters Ty Foreman, Jeremy Perry and Michael Gass rescued Ramsey from the burning structure.
"It was a difficult rescue operation and one in which the firefighters were put at great risk," he said.