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Ashley Dellinger, EAST Program Facilitator at Batesville Junior High School, was named the Citizens Bank Above and Beyond honoree for February and Kari Johnston, a Special Education Paraprofessional at Batesville Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary School, receive Citizens Bank Above and Beyond h…

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Mayor Rick Elumbaugh visited with the Batesville Kiwanis Club Friday at Tavalos, talking to them about his state-of-the-city address recently, and what big projects are in the works for Batesville’s Master Plan.

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FIFTY-SIX – Sylamore WMA is within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. The Ozark Highlands Trail bisects the WMA, offering splendid hiking opportunities through the beautiful terrain of hardwoods, big hills and hollows. There are several trailheads throughout the area for hiking, as well …

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Citizens Bank announced that effective immediately, Micah Beard is transitioning to Regional President of North Central Arkansas Market, where he will continue to support the bank’s mission to put people first.

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The Independence County Master Gardener Sale will be from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 24, at 450 South 11th Street (the old AP&L parking lot behind the Tea Crate eatery on St. Louis Street). Bring your own cart or wagon. Cash or check only. They will have hanging baskets, McMillion…

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Monday, April 19, marks the 21st anniversary when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was attacked in an act of domestic terrorism and 168 people lost their lives. One victim, Ronota Newberry-Woodbridge, a Civil Engineer will forever be honored and remembered in Independence County. She wa…

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The Independence County Library reopened to the public this week for browsing and checking out materials. The library will limit the number of people browsing to eight persons at a time.

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Dr. Douglas Gottschalk at the WRMC ENT Clinic is now offering Inspire therapy, a breakthrough obstructive sleep apnea treatment option for those with difficulty using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

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Eighth grade students in Mrs. Sherrell’s science class at Melbourne High School have been studying the many different types of biomes; for example, they have learned about tropical rain forests, deserts, grasslands, tundras, and much more. As a related activity, students were asked to choose…

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FLORAL — The following students at Midland Elementary School were named to the academic achievement and honor roll for the third nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year:

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University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt announced this week the formation of an advisory committee to assist in the search for the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB).

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Months spent indoors avoiding the harsh weather outside makes winter a difficult season for people who love the great outdoors. While skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports make it possible to get some fresh air even when that air is frigid, many people find it difficult to consistentl…

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No one likes trash blowing through city streets. That’s one reason it is important to start reducing at home, because that plastic bag or wrapper on the sidewalk, someone bought it. Homeowners may feel like they’re always taking out the trash. Active families tend to generate a lot of garbag…

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Twenty-five years ago I started noticing new barrenworts (Epimedium sp.) in the garden catalogs, so gradually over the next two decades I began establishing a modest collection of species and cultivars. Eventually accumulating about 45 kinds, my fever has now cooled. Looking them over, I’ve …

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The Food Safety and Nutrition Class at Cedar Ridge High School canned some grape jelly on Tuesday. Julian Carpenter, Independence County FCS Extension Agent, taught the class in how to preserve jelly using a water bath canner.

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On Friday, April 9, Sheriff Shawn Stephens met with Joella Huddleston, 79, in reference to her motor home being stolen. Huddleston stated she has been having the motor home worked on at Marshall’s Diesel Service and they were having problems getting parts for the brake repair, so the service…

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The Batesville City Council met Tuesday evening to approve a ten-year facility usage agreement with Batesville School District for use of the Terry Sims Diamond Sports Complex. Other schools that wish to use the fields will have to pay the school $300 per day for usage. There were questions …

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The Independence Quorum Court met Monday evening to approve the purchase of 5.6 acres adjacent to the county shop, juvenile detention center and the industrial park. The property is owned by Jerry Hayes and includes both land and a shop. County Judge Robert Griffin and Justice of the Peace B…

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Friendship Baptist Church canceled

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About 9:50 p.m. Monday, April 12, deputies pulled over a black 1999 Dodge 1500 at the Phillips 66 gas station at the intersection of Scott Wood and Highway 167. Deputy Chris Stump checked the specialty license plate number displayed on the rear of the vehicle: AR-GFBZCJ. The plate returned t…

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The Cedar Ridge School District is applying for the Nita M. Lowey Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) Grant for the 2021-2022 school year. The district currently has the grant for their afterschool program, but it is expiring in May 2021. This new 5-year grant would ena…

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SEARCY — The Harding University College of Business will host Lawrence W. Reed, author and president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education, at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in the Benson Auditorium.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed two companion bills that raise the average salaries of teachers in the state by some $2,000, the governor announced in a news conference at the State Capitol on Monday.

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Independence County District Court Judge Chaney Taylor filed a petition Monday for a declaratory judgement against Independence County Judge Robert Griffin.

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The Batesville city council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building, 500 East Main Street.

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First Community Bank’s Mila Mote, presents a donation to the Humane Society of Independence County’s shelter Enrichment Coordinator, Hope Branch. First Community Bank employees held several events to raise funds for the cause including bake sales, blue jean Fridays, and several personal dona…

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According to an affidavit that was ordered unsealed earlier this week, William Alma Miller has confessed to the murder of Rebekah Gould.

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After more than 25 years, a cold case has been solved. The cause of the deaths of more than 70 bald eagles during the winters of 1994 to 1996 in and around Lake DeGray in west-central Arkansas has been resolved. The deaths of these iconic birds were big news during the time and I followed th…

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One of the first events to mark Batesville’s bicentennial year was Thursday afternoon, when a historic marker was unveiled to honor Elisha Baxter, Arkansas’ 10th governor, in Oaklawn Cemetery.

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SALEM — In a case that spanned from the rural Arkansas community of Salem to both coasts, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spent thousands of dollars and hundred of hours working with the FBI to close a complex, convoluted case that resulted in a double murder in Alton, Mo. Angela Mack Cox…

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The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will hold a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Batesville on Tuesday, April 13. The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in the Batesville High School gymnasium, located at 1 Pioneer Drive.

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First Community Bank’s Chris Milum, vice president commercial lending, center, presents a donation to the Batesville High School Athletic Department coaches, Kelly Rush, at left, and Dave King. First Community Bank was the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Pioneer Classic baseball tournament he…

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A warrant for the arrest of Chad Edward Thompson, 41, was issued on Wednesday. By late Thursday morning, Thompson was in the Independence County jail.

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El Centro Hispano will be providing Spanish/English interpreters on-site for the event at Batesville High School from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, along with all the necessary translated documentation for post-vaccination care, symptoms, etc. Those with limited English proficiency are e…

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Practicing educators in Arkansas’s public schools are encouraged to apply now for Parsons-Burnett Scholarship Grants for 2021-2022 academic year. The Parsons-Burnett Scholarship Grants are awarded to Arkansas public school educators for the purpose of furthering their own education. Awards a…