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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a budget increase of $5.73 million today at its monthly meeting to cover the costs of several pressing projects.

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LITTLE ROCK — Each year, AGFC biologists sink hundreds of fish attractors made from natural brush or environmentally friendly inert materials in water bodies ranging from community ponds to large U.S. Corps of Engineers reservoirs spanning tens of thousands of surface acres. Adding this sort…

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Despite the challenge of COVID-19, there are exciting things happening with the Batesville Community Theatre. They will be putting on “The Odd Couple” written by Neil Simon, featuring an all-female ensemble at Southside High School auditorium.

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Izard County authorities released a report on a body found more than a week ago.

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A Batesville man is facing charges after an incident at Backwoods Steakhouse & Grill in Southside. On July 24, Independence County Sherriff Chief Deputy Aaron Moody was dispatched to Backwoods Bar and Grill for a patron refusing to leave the property.

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Entries are being sought for the Batesville Little Pageants, which will be held beginning at 6 p.m. July 27 at Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus. Contestants must arrive by 5:30 p.m. and check in at the contestant check-in table.

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University of Arkansas Community College Batesville hosted two weeks of STEM camp. This time it’s for students entering 4th through 6th grade. After two days, they are building robots, printing in 3-D, coding computers, making kaleidoscopes, and making things fly.

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When Thida resident Nancy Grisham showed up at the Union Hill Thida Fire Department on Thursday night, she said her mind was made up about whether or not she would pursue getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

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When Batesville School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hester spoke briefly from his seat in the back of the White River Health Systems conference room early Monday evening, he spoke of a resolution that he was to present to the district’s Board of Directors that would offer staff a $200…

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Q. I planted a Persian shield a month ago in a large pot on my front step that gets INTENSE sun from noon till sunset. In the pot are purple verbena and dusty miller, both of which are flourishing through watering copiously daily and fertilizing weekly. The Persian shield flourished too, and…

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Harold and Terri Hudson’s family have only been living in the Cave City area about two years, but the family is no stranger to farming.

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The Hudson family moved to the Cave City area from Mississippi. They operate 14 broiler houses and hope to increase their cattle herd in upcoming years.

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Harold Hudson along with his son-in-law and grandsons at the Twin Oakes Farms barns. The farm uses chicken litter as organic fertilizer for pastures.

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Shade is hard to find the midday sun around the broiler houses.

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Dogs are part of farm families too.

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Harold and Terri Hudson talk about the reasons they moved their family farming operations to Sharp County.

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Harold Hudson brings out a tractor during a visit at Twin Oakes Farms.

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Home is where the heart is for the Hudson family. The multi-generational family eats together each day at the farm.

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With smartphone technology, Brad Lowe, left, is able to control the fans in the broiler houses. Along with monitoring the temperature in the houses, technology helps him keep up with feed and water levels.

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OXFORD--The University of Mississippi will celebrate more than 5,000 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2021 during the university's 168th Commencement exercises this spring.

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Ouachita Baptist University celebrated 364 graduates from the class of 2021 during its 134th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8. University officials conferred Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Associate of …

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Starting fall 2021-2022 school year, Tim Massey will be the new high school principal at Melbourne High School. Massey is a 1985 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School and has served Melbourne School District for 16 years and is starting his 29th year in public education. He is married to Jenn…

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The Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) Alumni Association Board of Directors would like to announce the first recipient of the ASUMH Alumni Association Scholarship. Lorynda Tye received a $500.00 scholarship to be used for further education or for needs to help with future employment.

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A new community service project is taking root at White River Medical Center (WRMC). Thanks to the efforts of the Information Systems (IS) staff and WRMC Auxiliary volunteers, patients at WRMC and Stone County Medical Center are receiving vases of colorful zinnias to brighten their day.

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The Old Independence Regional Museum will be hosting its Happy Hour with a Historian series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29. The program will be “Firsts, World Records and Other Oddities” – Dr. Brooks Blevins and Dr. David Hutchison will discuss the more unique aspects of Lyon College’s long his…

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Stella the dog celebrates Stella's Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro's one year anniversary. The restaurant also has sandwiches, cheesecake, and gelato. 

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There will be a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31, to help build a skate park within the downtown district. There will be temporary skate ramps, food, and vendors.

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Lyon College is partnering with Economart Pharmacy to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 -11 a.m. for students, faculty, staff, and the public.

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An investigation is underway involving a shooting in Fulton County. On Tuesday, 911 operators received a call about an accidental shooting on Nine Mile Ridge. According to a release from the Fulton County’s Sheriff’s Office, according to the victim, 33, she was sitting outside in a chair wit…

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Need to keep it low-carb? Big's has that, and gluten-free choices as well.

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Stella’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro, 250 E. Main Street is celebrating their one-year anniversary this week, and quite the year it was. Owners Laurie and Dr. Doug Gottschalk opened their restaurant on Main Street in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, at a time when many businesses were s…

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Scammers have resorted to new lows in an age-old scheme to steal consumers personal information. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is once again warning Arkansans of phishing schemes where scam artists will send a link through text or email hoping the cell phone users will allow access to inf…

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Arkansas’s unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent for the third straight month, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, which the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services released Tuesday. Arkansas’s unemployment rate is three and four-tenths of a p…

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Applications are being taken in Independence County for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others. Independence County Extension Office will be offering Master Gardener Training starting September. Each Wednesday, beginning Sept. 22 and…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $200 million to provide relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that have experienced losses due to COVID-19 as part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Loggers and truckers can ap…

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About 3:30 a.m. Monday officers were dispatched to the area of Kent’s Firestone, in regards to a man walking around the building. According to the affidavit for arrest, officers made contact with Randy L. Barnes, 35.