The first of three scheduled hearings was held at the Grant County Courthouse last week in the lead up to Rusty Draper’s capital murder trial in which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Among the items debated during the hearing was when the trial should start. Draper is accused of killing 17-year-old Austin Moody.
National Law Day was observed on Tuesday, May 1 and fifth-grade students from East End Elementary, Sheridan Intermediate and Poyen Elementary Schools got a lesson in the law first-hand by getting to act as the jury in a mock trial at the Grant County Courthouse.
At the end of this semester, Poyen High School Principal Dennis Emerson will leave PHS for a job at the Sheridan School District. Emerson’s successor will be Laura Daniel.
Less than five minutes into last week’s Poyen School Board Meeting, the board went into an executive session to discuss personnel. When the executive session ended, Superintendent Jerry Newton announced that he had accepted Emerson’s letter of resignation the previous week, and he recommended that the board select Daniel as the new principal.
The Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets picked up a 5-2 win in the 6A-West Conference Tournament Championship in a rematch of last year’s 6A State Championship against Greenwood at Sheridan on Saturday, May 5.
The Poyen Lady Indians won three games in three days to secure the 2A-South Regional Tournament Championship, which was held in Poyen last week. Over the course of the three-game event, Poyen pitcher Kindi Puckett pitched every inning for the Lady Indians, striking out a total of 28 batters in 21 innings.
The Sheridan High School boys and girls track teams were in Russellville on Thursday, May 3 to take part in the Class 6A State Track Meet. The hosting Lady Wolves of Lake Hamilton won the state championship with a total score of 100 points, edging out the next two competitors, including the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets.
On Wednesday, May 2, the Poyen High School track and field team made their way to Mineral Springs to take part in the Class 2A State Track Meet. The event was won by the Earle Bulldogs with a combined score of 92, greatly distancing themselves away from the second-place Parkers Chapel Trojans’ score of 61.