With half of 2018 now over, the Nevada County Picayune looks back at some of the top headlines in Prescott and Nevada County from January to June. Among the watch items for the rest of the year: County lawsuit outcome and whether the Curley Wolves can rebound back to championship form in football.

With half of 2018 now over, the Nevada County Picayune looks back at some of the top headlines in Prescott and Nevada County from January to June. Among the watch items for the rest of the year: County lawsuit outcome and whether the Curley Wolves can rebound back to championship form in football.

The week of January 3:
• The Nevada Jr. Blue Jays remain unbeaten and perfect in their performance on the hardwood thus far into the 2017-18 basketball season to win their second junior high tournament hosted at Genoa Central Dec. 11-16. The Jr. Blue Jays opened tournament play cruising to victory over Lafayette County 69-30, then dominating host tourney team Genoa Central 61-26 in the boys championship game to be crown the 2017 Genoa Central Jr. High Tournament Champions.

The week of January 10:
• A hometown girl with roots in Clark County starts 2018 as a new deputy prosecutor for neighboring Nevada County as Gurdon native Kolby Harper was sworn in January 3 at the Nevada County Courthouse in Prescott by Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper. Harper, 31, is a native of Gurdon, and she previously served on the Gurdon City Council.
• The Prescott Lady Wolves took care of business on the road during the Christmas holiday break to create some winning noise on the hardwood for tournament competition hosted at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy December 28-30, 2017. The Lady Wolves competed in the 2017 Kameron Hale Sr. Girls Invitational to finish tourney play 2-1 defeating Arkadelphia and Centerpoint, but falling to host tournament team Class 6A Lake Hamilton.
• Following the Christmas holiday break, the Nevada Blue Jays and Lady Jays basketball teams got their first taste of the new year last week splitting home wins hosting Camden Harmony Grove and battling Lafayette County on the road to began the second half of the 2017-18 season schedule.

The week of January 17:
• Prescott Curley Cubs junior high hoopsters impacted productively in their home match-up last Friday hosting Cossatot River Jr. Eagles at the Prescott Sports Arena. The Curley Cubs had a close encounter early, but prevail through to pull away 36-25 for the 11 point victory in junior high boy basketball action.
• Fox News analyst and Arkansas gun-rights activist, Jan Morgan, shot her own fireworks in the new year by stunning the Republican Party with a challenge to incumbent Governor Asa Hutchinson, and she is now touring the state with a visit to the southwest Arkansas set for Friday, January 26 at Hope’s Fair Park Coliseum.
• Lady Wolves' leading scorer Lacie Nolen does it again to lift her team to victory in the closing seconds that gave Prescott an thrilling victory over a good and tough Cossatot River Lady Eagles team, 25-24 last Friday night in home action at the Prescott Sports Arena.

The week of January 24:
• Over the past weekend, residents in the southwestern Arkansas region saw near 70 degree temperatures, rain and tornado warnings after seeing ice, snow and temperatures near 7 degrees the week before. Prescott and Nevada County were not isolated from the weather extremes as schools closed a week ago Tuesday and much of Nevada County was was blanketed in four-inches of snow..
• The Prescott Curley Wolves would split victories in their return on the hardwood last week in their trip to face rivals' Gurdon Go-Devils for the season series finale and host Horatio Lions at home.
• Nevada Lady Jays continue their hot streak of victories at home after returning to action last Friday night topping the Bradley Lady Bears 53-39. The victory put the Lady Jays at .500 overall  with an 9-9 record.

The week of January 31:
• In the latest news from the ongoing legal dispute between Nevada County and one of its most prominent vendors, the lawsuit is now awaiting the Arkansas Supreme Court to make its move in appointing a new judge to oversee the case. In a statement, Plaintiff Donny McGuire said “We are moving ahead. We are waiting for the Arkansas Supreme Court to appoint a new judge, and then, we are on the way to trial soon.”.
• Once again, the Prescott Curley Wolf nation will be represented in Conway this summer for the 63rd anniversary of the Arkansas Army National Guard AHSCA All-Star Football game with Thomas Muldrew and Kadarius Pearson selected to play on the West All-Star team hosted at the University of Central Arkansas.

The week of February 7:
• For their only loss of the season coming against Emerson (39-31) in the finals of the Genoa Central Jr. High Tournament back in January, the Nevada Jr. Lady Jays got redemption on last Friday night to defeat the Emerson Jr. Lady Pirates 46-43 in their final home game of the season at Nevada High School Gymnasium in Rosston. The Jr. Lady Jays will be the No. 1 seed with the tournament scheduled Feb. 10-13.
• As with most state and county organizations last week, the Nevada County GOP issued a statement regarding filing candidate filing dates and fees.  Statewide the filing period for most state and county races begins at 12 noon on Thursday, February 22 and ends one week later, 12 noon on Thursday, March 22.
• Seniors' Lacie Nolen, Haleigh Wiley, Anna Byers and Tavonica Barzar were the featured honorees on their night looking to close out basketball careers in their final performances at home for the final time competing at the Prescott Sports Arena. Unfortunately, the Lady Wolves would suffer another tough home defeat to Ashdown 45-43 for a close and competitive match-up that went down to the wire.

The week of February 14:
• In a February 1 speech in Hope, Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott, a native of Nevada County, emphasized involvement by young people in politics and the political process, and she said many aspects of daily life in the Arkansas often come down to politics, so their voices need to be heard.
• The Prescott Curley Wolves showcased another dominant road victory over the Horatio Lions 65-34 and topping Cossatot River 56-34 to conclude their regular season schedule of hoops last week heading into the district tournament this week hosted at Cossatot River.
• Four of Prescott's most outstanding student-athletes of Hank Crain, Thomas Muldrow, Ka' Darius Pearson and Derrick Thompson Jr. all signed National Letters of Intent to continue athletic careers on the collegiate level to prestigious colleges on National Signing Day at Prescott High School.

The week of February 21:
• The Prescott Curley Wolves came up short in a close and crucial ending in the senior boys 3A-7 District Tournament Finals on last Saturday hosted at Cossatot River High School Gymnasium. The Curley Wolves would fall to the Centerpoint Knights 40-39 for the second consecutive year in the district tourney finals.
• It was another successful title defense for the reigning 1A-7 East District Tournament champions Nevada Blue Jays to defeat their longtime conference rivals' Bradley Bears 43-40 in the finals of the district tourney hosted at Ouachita High School in Midway-Donaldson over the weekend.
• Nevada Lady Jays had a competitive match-up on the hardwood last week during the 1A-7 East District Tournament hosted at Ouachita High School in Midway-Donaldson. The Lady Jays came out victorious in the semifinals against Bradley Lady Bears 58-48, but fell short in the finals to host district tourney team Ouachita Lady Warriors 63-31. As a result, the Lady Jays will earn the No. 2 seed at the 1A-5 Regionals scheduled to face the No. 3 seed 8 Strong Lady Bulldogs on Thursday Feb. 22 at Hampton.

The week of February 28:
• Nevada County appears to be set to see two high profile cases, one civil and one criminal, over the course of 2018. The civil case is the ongoing lawsuit pitting Donnie and Nicky McGuire against the Nevada County Quorum Court. On February 14, Prescott resident Connie Beard was arrested and taken into custody at the Nevada County Jail. Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen confirmed Friday that Beard faces charges of Theft of Property and Tampering w/physical evidence.

The week of March 7:
•  Incumbent Nevada County Judge Mark Glass, a Democrat, will face local businessman Mike Otwell, a Republican, head-to-head in the Nov. 6 General Election.  Neither man will see a May 22 Primary opponent.
•  An area attorney was named last Thursday by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the seven-member Arkansas Public Defender Commission. The Arkansas Public Defender Commission oversees all public defender operations in the state of Arkansas, including Hempstead and Nevada counties. Blake Montgomery, of Hope, was tabbed to replace Eugene Bramblett, an attorney from Camden.

The week of March 14:
•  The Prescott Curley Wolves baseball team had competitive battles on the diamond last week coming up short of victory in road play against Horatio12-2, at home falling to Fouke 15-3, but victorious at Warren 6-4.
• With emerging wind power options as well as solar, SWEPCO VP Brian Bond said last Thursday that he was optimistic on renewable energy growth as well as existing generation resources like the Turk Plant at the south end of neighboring Hempstead County.

The week of  March 21:
•  After fulfilling one of the historic collegiate athletic careers on the diamond during a successful four-year campaign resume for Southern Arkansas University Muleriders, Prescott's Trevor Rucker will be taking his talents to the professional level in baseball. It was announced last week that Rucker has signed with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League..
•  As the Prescott City Council elections have unfolded, three seats have seen challengers including that of Ward 2, Position 2 incumbent Stacy Jester, who is being challenged by newcomer Carolyn Todd, a resident of Prescott, who is employed in neighboring Hempstead County at the Hempstead County Dept. of Human Services as a supervisor.

The week of March 28:
•  Spring time is the season for awards in Nevada County as two presentations happen in the month of April. While the Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce will have its awards during its annual banquet on April 26, 12 days before, the Ila Upchurch Corporation will host its Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet on Saturday, April 14, 2108 at 6 p.m., also at the Prescott High School Cafeteria..
•  Over Spring Break, the Prescott Curley Wolves got back to action on the diamond in two fierce battles against championship caliber baseball programs of the reigning Class 2A state champion Spring Hill Bears and 2015 Class 1A state champion Ouachita Warriors in a couple of non-conference showdowns.
• Prescott Lady Wolves rounded out their weekend of tourney play on the diamond in Hope 1-2 in their return to compete in the 2018 Debra McMaster Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament. The Lady Wolves have been one of the schools to participate in this tournament since it debut in 2011.

The week of April 4:
• This past weekend’s Prescott Car Show proved to be more eventful than usual as a contingent of film and art students from John Brown University, a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in Siloam Springs, arrived for a shooting of an Indie film project featuring many of the antique cars at the show.
• Nevada Blue Jays have collected some impressive wins on the diamond to begin their 2018 baseball season. In previous battles, the Blue Jays have secured big road wins at Trinity Christian 16-3 and Blevins 8-3 for back-to-back victories.

The week of April 11:
• The ongoing dispute between a Quorum Court Justice and a longtime Nevada County vendor has apparently overflowed from the realm of Quorum Court to a civil court, and now, criminal court as an arrest and possible counter-complaints emerged late last week, and by Saturday, it was likely that a Special Prosecutor from the state would be named, according to Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen.
• The Nevada County Master Gardeners will have their 10th Annual Garden Show & Plant Sale this Saturday, April 14 at the Central Baptist Church at the Stokes Center at 605 East 2nd Street in Prescott.

The week of April 18:
• Already expected to be an eventful meeting as the recent arrest of one of its own was making news, the April meeting of the Nevada County Quorum Court also saw the return of one of its former, and most outspoken members, as Harold Vines made an appearance after mostly being unseen or unheard for several months.
• The Prescott Curley Wolves had tough battles on the diamond last week falling in a double-header hosting Ashdown Panthers (17-4, 10-7) at James Johnson Sports Complex, but regrouped to be victorious on the road to defeat Cossatot River Eagles 10-6 in extra innings.
• Nestled near the county line of Hempstead and Nevada counties, the New Life Pentecostal Church was cooking more than just chili at a special event two weeks ago as the regional church counting over half of its 80-and-still growing congregation as residents from Nevada County is looking at expansion, having outgrown its current building.

The week of April 25:
• Following a sell-out that required extra tables to be set up in 2017, the 2018 Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Banquet is set to commence tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, shortly after close of business, at 5:30 p.m. at the Prescott High School cafeteria.
•  Reigning Class 3A State Track Champions Prescott Curley Wolves completed a strong finish overall during meet competition last week in Nashville at the 2018 Coco-Cola Relays hosted at Nashville High School.
• Once again, the Prescott Curley Cubs track and field team finished first place overall in their ultimate meet competition at the 7-3A Jr. High District Meet last Thursday hosted at Eddie Jackson Field, Cummins Stadium. The Curley Cubs captured their 15th consecutive district meet title and racked up a team winning total of 288 points.

The week of May 2:
• A contingent of queens and a wide variety of awards and honors were bestowed on several young women and girls from both Prescott High School and Prescott Elementary School at the annual PHS/PES beauty pageant on Saturday, April 21 at the Prescott High School auditorium. In the Miss PHS competition, Zorana Marks was crowned Miss PHS with the first runner-up named as Hope West and second runner-up as Cassidi Calicott.
• Two standout student-athletes from the Prescott Lady Wolves athletic program Lacie Nolen and Haleigh Wiley recently signed a National Letter of Intent to join the cheer team at Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden. This "Dynamic Duel" of Nolen and Wiley were multiple standout athletes in basketball, track, softball and cheerleading in their careers at Prescott High School.

The week of May 9:
•  With a capacity crowd on hand, the annual Prescott Nevada County Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, April 26 saw 2017 Citizen of Year Lauren Doucet had the 2018 honor to Howard Austin, a well-known and respected community and religious leader in Prescott over the past 50 years.
• Defending Class 3A State Track Champs Prescott Curley Wolves successfully performed well once again amongst the top schools in the Natural State all assembled on the big stage to capture back-to-back state titles at the 2018 Class 3A State Boys Track Championships hosted at Phillips Field, Lions Stadium in Jessieville.

The week of May 16:
•  As most of the country celebrated Mother’s Day over the weekend, Nevada County had already seen and celebrated graduations in two of its flagship high schools, Prescott High School on Friday, May 11, and Nevada High School on Thursday, May 10.
Both school districts celebrated high school commencement exercises in their respective high school gyms packed with parents, relatives, friends and well-wishers.
• The Prescott High School fishing duo of Bryer Pennington and Jack Arnette, both of Prescott, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday May 7 weighing 19 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Arkansas State Championship on Lake Dardanelle.

The week of May 23:
• If Warner Brothers studio ever needed a new “Wonder Woman” for a future reboot, it may want to consider Prescott’s Rayleigh Hart as an ideal candidate.  The 18-year-old, who graduated from Garrett Memorial in Hope on Sunday, has managed to achieve in the past year, what takes many her age two or three years.
• Two of Prescott's standout track star's Adrian Block and Kadarius Pearson competed amongst the elite track and field athletes in the Natural State at the 2018Arkansas Decathlon hosted at Cabot High School. The Decathlon was a two-day event competition May 16-17.
• Prescott students Austin Beavers and Clayton Taylor were among those who graduated from the University of Hope - Texarkana on Tuesday, May 8, both with welding certifications from different programs.  Beavers received a technical certificate of welding as well as a certificate of proficiency in construction welding.  Taylor received a certificate of proficiency in basic welding.

The week of May 30:
• In the Nevada Primary election storyline, Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver survived a challenge from local business woman Rena Brown, but other results saw close races, upsets and new faces. In unofficial results from Tuesday night, the major local races saw incumbent Oliver emerge in the primary for Prescott Mayor by a 416-to-227 over Brown.
• In other results, for the Nevada County Quorum Court, Pat Grimes emerged as a runaway victor with 204 votes, defeating both Tommy Johnson with 87 votes and Nicole McClure with 12 votes in District 3 for the seat vacated by departing Ryan Harvey, who decided not to seek reelection.
• Also in Prescott’s Ward 1, in Position 2, incumbent Tommy Poole was apparently upset by challenger Ivory Curry in a razor close 333 to 311 vote with Curry emerging as the winner. And in Prescott’s Ward 2, Position 2, challenger Carolyn Todd apparently upset incumbent Stacy Jester by a 390 to 241 count.

The week of June 6:
• The Nevada County Courthouse at Prescott in Nevada County is among 12 Arkansas properties that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties. The Nevada County Courthouse at 215 East Second Street was built in 1964 from a design by Weaver and Hiegel Associates reflecting the New Formalism.
• The Nevada County Fair Association received $2,480.00 to purchase four window mounted AC and heating units and two window mounted AC units. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the County Fair Grant Program each year.

The week of June 13:
•  Amid 90-degree plus temperatures and bright sunshine in Prescott’s City Park, it was a perfect day for a splash in some cool water.  As it turned out, that was exactly what happened Friday morning as an estimated crowd of 70 gathered for the grand opening of the City of Prescott’s new Water Park Splash Pad.
• As the Miss Arkansas Pageant starts today, the big national pageant news happened last week as Miss America Pageant officials announced the elimination of the traditional swimsuit competition, and additionally, saying that the evening gown competition will be modified and reduced in significance. Stacy Jester, the longtime director of the Miss Nevada County Pageant, said “The national level is a bit different than the county or the state levels, but I will say that as you try to encourage young ladies to enter the Miss Nevada Pageant, the swimsuit competition is one of the biggest drawbacks.”

The week of June 20:
•  Although summer doesn’t officially happen until June 21, scorching daily temperatures and dry conditions — described by some like respected Nevada rancher Todd Brown as almost drought-like — have been commonplace throughout the southwestern Arkansas region including both Nevada and Hempstead counties.
• Howard G. Austin, who was named as Citizen of the Year earlier this year, was honored again at the end of May by the Prescott School District after stepping in to serve on the school board this school year when his zone and school needed him. As always, he diligently served our school and students.

The week of June 27:
• A well-known and respected Nevada cattle ranch family was formally named as 2018 Nevada County Farm Family of the Year, joining a select group of family farms that were honored in ceremonies across the state. Todd and Kathy Brown were visited by a group of state district judges June 13.
• The always thoughtful Mary Godwin recalled a time some 30 years ago when a big fireworks show last appeared above the skies in Prescott, only it didn’t quite go off that way, saying “Yes, I remember like it was yesterday; there was an accidental misfire that flew into the storage area where the rest of them were, and then, everything blew up and everyone was running for cover.”
Since that time, the local First Baptist Church up in Prescott put on a small independent show, but this Friday, June 29, a big show is set to light up the skies of Prescott again, a sort of pre-holiday July 4th celebration set to start at 8 p.m. at the Prescott High School football stadium..
• Prescott's Thomas Muldrow and KaDarius Pearson made their presence well known on the gridiron in Conway over the past weekend amongst the Natural State's top-notch football players in the state at the 63rd anniversary of the Arkansas Army National Guard Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football game at Estes Stadium on the University of Central Arkansas. The Prescott connection of Muldrow and Pearson helped the West dominate the East 52-21 last Saturday night in the all-star football game.