July 17, 2013 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland
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"Lake Charles was the big winner when it comes to the best bass population," states the Fisheries District 3 newsletter. That information is the result of spring sampling. The newsletter goes on to say, "Out of 339 largemouth bass collected, 30 were 20 inches or larger. That doesn't even count those between 16" and 20" ..."

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For those fans of Barney Sellers and his photography, a collection of his photos is now on display in Southaven, Miss. The display is titled "A Celebration of Barney Sellers" and can be viewed at the M.R. Davis Public Library until Aug. 30. Barney was a Lawrence County native, who spent many years working as a photographer for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.

For about 20 years, Barney held a photo exhibition called "Barney's Barns and Rural Scenes" in Black Rock each Memorial Day weekend. There, he and his wife, Betty Sue, displayed and sold many of his photographs. Barney died in early January of 2012.

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Several area baseball players have had big wins or received special recognition in recent days.

Congratulations to Chase Baker of Walnut Ridge, whose team the Arkansas Legends won the 14 and Under 2013 USSSA Baseball World Series in St. Louis.

Congratulations also to Kai Cunningham, Cade Burris and Auggie Wicker, members of The Arkansas Storm, a 12-and-under baseball team based in Jonesboro. The team finished as finished as runners-up in the USSSA World Series Tournament held in Niceville, Fla., July 12-13. Shane Cunningham served as an assistant coach for the team.

Congratulations to the area high school baseball players have been named to the 2013 Best Under The Sun team by The Jonesboro Sun.

Among them are: Layne Ditto, pitcher, Walnut Ridge; Zach Crisler, infielder, Walnut Ridge; Eric Wilcoxson, infielder, Walnut Ridge; Hunter Flippo, outfielder, Walnut Ridge; Seth Hart, utility, Hoxie; and J.D. Rainwater of Jonesboro High School, Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

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