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SBC wins 2016 Southwest Regional, advances to Babe Ruth World Series

Tuesday night, Sylacauga, Ala., gave Southern Brazoria County their first loss of the 2016 13-15-year-old Southwest Regional tournament, but in order to win the title, Sylacauga would have to do it twice. By defeating SBC on Tuesday, Sylacauga forced another game that was played Wednesday morning, but this time the results were different. SBC beat Sylacauga by a final score of 5-3.

Sylacauga knocks off Mountain Home to advance to play for championship

After defeating Pine Bluff Northern Monday night by a final of 8-3, Mountain Home advanced to the semifinals, where they would face off against Sylacauga, Ala. Heading into the match-up Tuesday evening, both teams knew it was either win or go home. Mountain Home held their own in the game, but Sylacauga outlasted them, winning by a final score of 8-5.

Pine Bluff Northern eliminates White Hall in a local showdown

In previous match ups this season, the White Hall All Stars have had the advantage over Pine Bluff Northern, defeating them twice in the state tournament. But Pine Bluff would get a chance to redeem themselves Monday morning, as they squared off with White Hall in an elimination game of the 2016 Babe Ruth Southwest Regional. Pine Bluff put the previous games behind them and came out with a win, beating White Hall 7-6.

Mental Health

Q. I’ve had panic attacks since my husband almost died in an accident last year. It’s so bad now that I don’t want to go anywhere without him. My doctor gave me Xanax, and I find that I’m taking it all of the time. I’ve even had my daughter get a prescription for me which makes me feel like a drug addict. I’m not sure where to turn for help.

A call to prayer

The fifth annual Prayer Rally for the city of Pine Bluff is scheduled for 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Participants for the one-hour event, will include pastors, ministry and community leaders, and anyone in the community who has a desire to pray for our city, will gather near the flag pole on the steps of the civic center, located at 200 E. Eighth Ave.

Golden Lions picked to finish fifth in the Western Division

Recently, the Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2016 pre-season predictions, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions didn’t fare well. Coming off of one of the worst seasons in Head Coach Monte Coleman’s tenure (2-9,1-8) the Golen Lions were picked to finish fifth in the Western Division.

Dishonoring our dutiful shepherds

In the wake of the Pine Bluff City Council’s decision to revoke any commendations for officers who participated in the standoff and justified killing of Monroe Isadore, some perspective is warranted. Despite an amazing transformation over the last three years, many people believe the PBPD is biased and broken. This decision is emblematic of those feelings.

When cops kill, and when cops die

Most interactions between American police and citizens are routine, civil and no worse than briefly unpleasant for those involved. But among some cops and some populations, the relationship is fraught with chronic distrust and fear. The result is an intractably toxic climate that spawns deadly consequences.

The promise of rest remains

“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it…” (Hebrews 4:1-10).

Bob Bailey informs Rotarians about 2016 Southwest Regional Tournament

In the dog days of the summer, the cities of Pine Bluff and White Hall will be treated to a high quality level of baseball. The 2016 13-15 year-old Southwest Regional Tournament is set to begin on July 21 with an opening banquet, and the first game is scheduled to be played on July 22. Games will be played at the historic Taylor Field and also on the campus of the White Hall Bulldogs at their baseball complex.