Evander Holyfield to face Kevin McBride in exhibition match

Hall of Fame boxer Evander Holyfield is returning to the ring since retiring in 2011, taking on heavyweight Kevin McBride in an eight-round exhibition match on June 5. The Holyfield-McBride matchup, which will be streamed on Triller and will be on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez’s lightweight title defense against George Kambosos.

Holyfield, 58, has a professional record of 44-10-2. In 2005, McBride (35-10-1), who is recognized for knocking out Tyson in a 2005 match, sent Tyson into retirement at the tail end of his career with that victory. McBride retired in 2011.

Last November after former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson defeated Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match, Holyfield had hoped to take on Tyson, but the event failed to come together.

Source: Evander Holyfield Returning to Ring in June

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Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman out for season due to knee injury

Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman has suffered a knee injury and is expected to be out the rest of the season. The injury came during a hard fall in Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets. He exited after six minutes of court time and did not return. The Warriors announced Sunday that Wiseman underwent an MRI, which revealed a meniscus injury in his right knee. The team will undergo further evaluations on Wiseman’s injury and update his status “as appropriate” a they consult with doctors.

During Wiseman’s rookie season he’s averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 51.9 percent from the field across 39 games. In addition to the latest knee issue, he also missed three weeks in February while recovering from a sprained wrist.

Report: Warriors’ Wiseman Suffers Meniscus Injury

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New Arkansas coronavirus cases, per capita, lowest in the nation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday shows Arkansas’ number of new coronavirus cases per capita during the past two weeks is the lowest in the nation.

The data shows Arkansas with 72.6 new cases per 100,000 residents to rank 52nd in the U.S. The data includes the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The state health department reports 332,053 total cases since the pandemic began and 5,661 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

According to the Johns Hopkins data, the rolling average of deaths during the past two weeks in the state has fallen from 7.7 per day to 3.8.


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Court info: Suspect in Rebekah Gould case confesses to 2004 murder

Sixteen years after her brutal murder, Izard County Circuit Court information unsealed by Judge Tim Weaver revealed the suspect in the Rebekah Gould case has confessed to the killing.

William Alma Miller, 44, of Cottage Grove, Ore., confessed to attacking and killing Gould while she was at a rural Izard County residence in 2004, according to the arrest affidavit.

Apparently, Miller was in Izard County at the time of the murder visiting relatives, including his cousin who was in a relationship with Gould, the court information said.

At the time of the murder, Miller was 28 years old. Gould was 22.

The unsealed information said Arkansas State Police investigators went to Oregon on Nov. 7 to find Miller, interview him, and if called for, arrest Miller in the case.

The probable cause for arrest affidavit said during the course of the interview, it was revealed that on the morning of Sept. 20, 2004, Miller drove to where Gould was staying and concealed his Chevy 5-10 pickup truck in a field behind the residence.

After knocking on the front door, Miller told investigators Gould let him inside to use the telephone. He pretended to use the phone while Gould went back to her bedroom.

According to the court information, Miller said he then took a leg from a piano located in the living room, went into Gould’s bedroom, and began striking Gould multiple times with the piano leg.

Miller advised he then wrapped her body in a blanket and placed her in the bed of his pickup truck. He next drove on State Highway 9, stopping at the first scenic overlook southwest of Melbourne, and dumped the deceased body, the affidavit said. 

Gould’s body was found on Sept. 27, 2004, a week after she went missing.

William Alma Miller is charged in the case with first-degree murder, a Class Y felony.

Why Miller committed the crime he has apparently confessed to has yet to be shared by investigators.


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Court info: Suspect in Rebekah Gould case confesses to 2004 murder

Sixteen years after her brutal murder, Izard County Circuit Court information unsealed by Judge Tim Weaver revealed the suspect in the Rebekah Gould case has confessed to the killing.

William Alma Miller, 44, of Cottage Grove, Ore., confessed to attacking and killing Gould while she was at a rural Izard County residence in 2004, according to the arrest affidavit.

Apparently, Miller was in Izard County at the time of the murder visiting relatives, including his cousin who was in a relationship with Gould, the court information said.

At the time of the murder, Miller was 28 years old. Gould was 22.

The unsealed information said Arkansas State Police investigators went to Oregon on Nov. 7 to find Miller, interview him, and if called for, arrest Miller in the case.

The probable cause for arrest affidavit said during the course of the interview, it was revealed that on the morning of Sept. 20, 2004, Miller drove to where Gould was staying and concealed his Chevy 5-10 pickup truck in a field behind the residence.

After knocking on the front door, Miller told investigators Gould let him inside to use the telephone. He pretended to use the phone while Gould went back to her bedroom.

According to the court information, Miller said he then took a leg from a piano located in the living room, went into Gould’s bedroom, and began striking Gould multiple times with the piano leg.

Miller advised he then wrapped her body in a blanket and placed her in the bed of his pickup truck. He next drove on State Highway 9, stopping at the first scenic overlook southwest of Melbourne, and dumped the deceased body, the affidavit said. 

Gould’s body was found on Sept. 27, 2004, a week after she went missing.

William Alma Miller is charged in the case with first-degree murder, a Class Y felony.

Why Miller committed the crime he has apparently confessed to has yet to be shared by investigators.


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Two men charged with unlawful burning on land owned by the U.S. Wildlife Trust

After an investigation by an agent from the state’s agriculture department, two men are now facing four felony counts of unlawful burning on land belonging to The Humane Society of U.S. Wildlife Trust in north central Arkansas.

The Stone County Circuit Court documents note the two men are accused of starting four fires — two on Jan. 20, 2021 and two on March 10, 2021 — along Flag Road on land belonging to the trust. The men are identified as Jayson N. Cary, 41, of Leslie, Ark., and Paul R. Branscum, 47, of Fox, Ark.

Authorities reported in the court information they have received numerous calls and complaints from area residents over the last two years who say fires have been started in the woodlands. Many of those residents alleged Cary was one of the culprits, according to the circuit court documents.

According to the arrest affidavit, Arkansas Department of Agriculture Agent Russell Lancaster started gathering evidence by studying video surveillance and interviewing residents of the affected areas.

In an interview with agents from the state agriculture department, Branscum admitted he and Cary started fires in the region, telling authorities he usually drove Cary during the times they allegedly ignited the fires, the court info said. Branscum also told authorities that Cary started most of the fires, but he — Branscum — also started some as well, investigators said.

The four felony counts of unlawful burning filed against Cary and Branscum carry a sentence of three to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

The circuit court information also noted that both men were each placed on a bond of $20,000, however, Cary’s bond was later increased by Judge Tim Weaver from that amount to a cash or professional bond of $500,000.


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Obituary: Peggy Whitener

Mrs. Peggie Cooper Whitener of Bald Knob, Arkansas, departed this life on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the age of 81.

She was born Jan. 22, 1940, at Russell, the daughter of Aubrey and Mattie (Rains) Duncan.

Mrs. Whitener was a 1958 graduate of Newport High School. She worked as a customer service representative for Entergy, retiring after 27 years of service. Following her retirement, she began working for the Jackson County Health Department.

Mrs. Whitener was a staunch Republican, who loved to watch Fox News.

She enjoyed traveling with her friends of Tunica, spending time with her family, and her dog, Lennon.

Mrs. Whitener was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Whitener; her first husband, and father of her children, Bobby Cooper; one daughter, Tammie (Cooper) Foster; three sisters, Reba Gorchik, Nora Lee Wilson, and Betty Harper; and her parents.
She is survived by one son, Michael Wayne Cooper of Bald Knob; one daughter, Debbie Cooper Brumley of Monroe, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Ryan Foster, Travis Foster, Cooper McDonald, Samantha Qualls and husband, Michael, and David Breckenridge and wife, Briana; five great-grandchildren; and a lifetime of friends.

Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Monday at Walnut Grove Cemetery, with Mr. Jimmy Cooper officiating.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Mark Wilson, Milton Wilson, Danny Doyle, Ryan Foster, Michael Qualls, and Cooper McDonald.

Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Obituary: Claudis “Bill” Huskey

Mr. Claudis C. “Bill” Huskey of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the age of 89.

He was born April 1, 1932, in Caraway, Arkansas, the son of Leslie Ray and Verna Lee (Griffin) Huskey.

Mr. Huskey was a United States Army veteran and a mechanical engineer for the foodservice industry.

He was a man of many interests and spent his life having adventures. Bill was a musician who traveled the country, settling for a while in Nashville, Tennessee, where he wrote songs, several of which were recorded. He also lived in Memphis, Tennessee, where he created music and spent time at Sun Studios.

He was often able to book clubs based on his showmanship and flair. Bill was a go-getter, ambitious, and a hard worker. He was confident in his abilities, and it showed in his willingness to take on new tasks.

Bill was a Harley man and loved anything that moved fast.

This larger-than-life man was fearless, with a love for life, music, and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Juanita Fuller; and his 2nd wife, Julia Huskey.

Bill is survived by three sons, Claudis Carl Huskey, II, of Riverside, California, Griffin J. Huskey of Nashville, Tennesse, and Matthew Eric Huskey of Reidsville, North Carolina; three daughters, Martha Dianne “Peanut” Greer of Batesville, Rita Killett of Batesville, and Nora Carlynn “Kenni” Isbell of Augusta, Georgia; his first wife, Mary Ferrell of Batesville; his third wife, Cindy, Krites of Reidsville, North Carolina; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a lifetime of friends.

Funeral services are private.

Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Obituary: Tammy Sue Stufflebeam

Tammy Sue Stufflebeam passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the age of 55. Tammy was born on January 1, 1966, to Richard Dean Kruzan and Mary Lou Smith in Canton, Illinois.

Tammy loved to sing karaoke and dance. But most of all, she loved spending time with her family, friends, and especially her beloved dog Thor. Tammy was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend whose memory will forever be cherished by her family and friends.

She is survived by her father, Richard Dean Kruzan; sons, Steffon Ardre Williams, Dana James Goulding JR., Nathan Fall, Troy W. Cozart, and James McFarlyn; daughters, Heather Anne Kruzan and Nikki L. Bull; brothers, Michael D. Kruzan, Kevin L. Kruzan, Richard D. Kruzan III, Jake M. Kruzan, Brent Kruzan, Chad W. McCallister, Mark W. McCallister, Delbert Bennett, Quinton Bennett, and Matthew Kruzan; sisters, Jennifer Kruzan and Shannon Stratton; three biological grandchildren, Trévon James Jackson, Jada Williams, and Jayleen Williams; as well as many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She is proceeded in death by her mother, Mary Lou Smith, and husband, Thomas Eugene Stufflebeam.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at age 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years, has died at age 99. Buckingham Palace confirmed his death in a statement Friday:  “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Prince Philip had been hospitalized earlier this year, and underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition in March. He left the hospital March 16 and had been recuperating Windsor Castle. At 99, Prince Philip was the oldest ever male member of the British royal family.

Philip lived his early years in Greece having been born to both the Greek and Danish royal families. He was educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom before he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, at age 18. Having gained permission from Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, the engagement of Philip and Elizabeth was announced in July 1947. Philip and Elizabeth were married on Nov. 20, 1947. Philip abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and became a naturalized British subject, and was granted the style His Royal Highness and created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King George VI. 

Philip is survived by the queen and their four children Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; eight grandchildren Prince William; Prince Harry; Princess Beatrice; Princess Eugenie; Zara Tindall; Peter Phillips;  Lady Louise Windsor; and James, Viscount Severn, and nine great-grandchildren.

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