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Pipes and Plaids

Lyon College is combining the beloved Arkansas Scottish Festival with the excitement of homecoming for one massive weekend-long event. The newly dubbed ScotsFest will continue through Sunday, Oct. 10.

Below is a list of the traditional homecoming and Arkansas Scottish Festival events and locations:

8 a.m., President’s Breakfast (VIP Tent in Couch Garden)

9 a.m., Highland Athletics Competition (Grassy Knoll)

10 a.m., Pipe Band Exhibition (Couch Garden)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Faculty/Families Meet & Greet Brunch (Tailgate Alley)

11 a.m., Homecoming Tailgate (Tailgate Alley)

3 p.m., Homecoming Football Game (Pioneer Stadium)

6 p.m., Cocktail Hour, Feast, Ceilidh, and Dancing, (Entertainment Tent)

9 p.m., Young Alumni Social (Flanders Terrace, Lyon Building)

Sunday, October 10

11 a.m., Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Worship Service (Entertainment Tent)

12 p.m., Club 50 Celebration (Maxfield, Edwards Commons)

2 p.m., Alumni Women’s Basketball Game (Becknell Gymnasium)

The Arkansas Scottish Festival began as a small fair on the campus’ intramural field as a part of homecoming celebrations, said Jimmy Bell, Director of the Scottish Heritage Program. It was a way to pay homage to the Scottish heritage of the College’s Prebysterian founders. It featured student vendors, athletics, pipe bands, clans, dancing and more.

“It was originally a family weekend thing,” said Director of Advancement Services and Research Kenton Adler. “It was like homecoming, and they mixed in highland athletics.”

For many alumni, the Scottish Festival has always served as a homecoming of sorts, so the College decided to combine the events and give more people the chance to take part in both.

“Having it under one umbrella makes sure that everybody that wants to be here can come at the same time,” Adler said. “You get to see more people, and it makes it easier on alumni because they don’t have to choose between one event or the other.”

Director of Alumni Engagement Cindy Barber said Lyon is excited for the entire community to be back on campus this fall to celebrate a fun-filled weekend of events.

“Together, we will experience everything we love about the Arkansas Scottish Festival while also enjoying the reunions and school spirit of our annual Homecoming activities.”

She continued, “What could be better for the Scots’ homecoming then some added Scottish flair?”

Bell believes the Lyon community will be excited to have the chance to be together on campus.

“People are already straining at the bit to get out and do something,” he said, laughing. “I think we will be packed at ScotsFest. There is going to be a ton of stuff going on.”

Disorder caused by damaged device


Employees at the Independence County Detention Center had their hands full Saturday.

An inmate using a jail iPad for communicating with family began damaging the device, causing it to smoke. The inmate, Marion Keith Payne, 50, then threw the smoldering device from his cell. The amount of damage caused by the smoldering iPad was unspecified.

Because the facility was filling with smoke, jailers had to move six male inmates to the intake pod. Once the smoke was cleared, jailers were moving inmates back into the cells when one inmate, Aaron Matthew Burrow, 38, attempted to run out the back door of the building. He was unsuccessful. On the way back to join the inmates, he kicked the front door. Damages to the door was listed as less than $1,000.

Both Payne and Burrow are being charged with impairing the operations of a vital public facility, a class C felony, and criminal mischief in the first degree, a class A misdemeanor.

Rainy Day Fun

Ms. Tiffany and Ms. Nettie’s room takes advantage of a rainy day by practicing their long/short math work outside under the awning. Bonus, they got to pop bubbles from the bubble machine.

Pair sought for theft at apartment complex

Warrants have been issued for Shanda Lynn Brooks, 32, and Kayla Michelle Reaper, 37, on felony charges of commercial burglary and theft of property, both class C felonies, from an August incident at College View Apartments, at 99 Lawson Drive.

Independence County Sheriff Deputies were called to the apartments when it was discovered an office window had been broken out and several items had been taken including a computer, security system, a key maker machine and Milwaukee brand impact tools. Security video stored off-site was reviewed and two suspects were identified.

According to the affidavit for arrest, deputies reviewed the security video and identified Brooks and Reaper, who lived at the apartments. Reaper is seen putting gloves on as Brooks is standing in the hallway, Reaper enters the office by the doorway and a short time later exits the office and is carrying a black bag with what appears to be several things in it. Reaper and Brooks are then seen exiting the building through the side door.

The value of the property stolen was estimated at $6,000.

watchdog alert developing
No foul play in May drownings at Ramsey Slough

The Arkansas State Crime Lab has found no foul play in the drownings of a man and woman found in Ramsey Slough in May.

“Both were ruled accidental drowning with underlying medical problems associated to each,” said Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens in a statement released Friday morning.

Clifford Timbs, 50, and Pamela Brooks, 50, were found in the water close to a boat in May by a fisherman.

Angry insects shorten race

The junior high girls cross country race at Tuesday’s Caveman Open started with the traditional bang of the pistol, but ended in cries of pain as a swarm of yellowjackets attacked after more than 140 runners had passed.

Batesville’s Taylor Bishop, an eighth-grader, got the worst of it with dozens of stings before spectators and parents could get the girls out of danger and get help from the ambulance crew on site.

Meet officials led by host Cave City Coach Brandon Haling halted the event to hunt down the nest and secure the course. With no certainty the swarm was eradicated, officials and coaches agreed to divert the course to avoid the nest area. The resulting detour shortened the races to roughly a mile and a quarter for junior boys and 2 1/2 miles for senior high.

Results of the race are in Sports section.