Searcy game moved over concerns about light poles

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - The Searcy Lions won't face off on their home turf against Batesville Friday night.

The game has been moved to Batesville over safety concerns about the Searcy field's light poles. The U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission says that manufacturer Whitco Co. LP of Fort Worth, Texas, had experienced pole failure in some areas - leading to poles that were fractured or had fallen over.

Whitco supplied the light poles for Lion Stadium in 2001 and the Searcy High School baseball and softball sports complex in 2006.

The school says both facilities will be closed until repairs can be made. Searcy athletic director James Frank says the district doesn't want to take the risk of someone getting hurt.

Friday's game is now set for 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium in Batesville.

Information from: The Daily Citizen,

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