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A weekly report from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) shows 30 residents at The Springs at Batesville nursing home are infected with the COVID-19 virus. Ten employees at the facility have also tested positive for the illness, according to the report. ADH guidelines allow nursing home …

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LITTLE ROCK — By their very nature, native grasses are suited to survive year-to-year in their native environs. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things the calendar-minded pasture manager can’t do to help maximize a land’s potential.

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Many people have rediscovered the outdoors since COVID-19 arrived and forced most organized sports and gatherings to shut down. Record sales of fishing and camping equipment and crowded boat ramps and trailheads all speak to the renewed interest Arkansans have in our natural world. One conse…

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The Food Protection Program of the Arkansas Department of Health inspects all food establishments in the state to ensure they follow ADH food establishment rules and regulations. The following inspections were completed recently:

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I went on a field walk with a mushroom expert once to learn to better identify these interesting fungi. It helped, for on the trip I learned to identify LBM mushrooms. This is not a kind of mushroom, but a catch all name for “little brown mushrooms,” those pesky look-alike species that are a…

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[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series to help our readers exercise their right to vote.]

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Five graduates of Batesville High School will be receiving the highest achievable degree from the National Future Farmers of America organization. Emalee Tate, Laney Johnson, Alexa Dowell Stoll, Julian Maddox, and Kyler Stolarik, will be honored with the FFA’s American Degree.

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First Community Bank celebrated its 23rd anniversary throughout the month of August. To commemorate the occasion, the bank asked customers to provide feedback about the bank, their favorite employee, and favorite nonprofit organization with the promise that the top employee and nonprofit alo…

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Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said Monday morning that the city council and city attorneys are reviewing an “Independence County/City of Batesville Interlocal Agreement” sent out Friday by Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. The email sent by Griffin also included a copy of Stone Cou…

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The Food Protection Program of the Arkansas Department of Health inspects all food establishments in the state to ensure they follow ADH food establishment rules and regulations. The following inspections were completed recently:

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The process to design and decide on a seal to represent Independence County has started over. Independence County Judge Robert Griffin calls the new county seal design a testimony to the natural resources of the area.

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Sunday was Lloyd Gaithright’s birthday. He turned the big 1-0-3, that’s right, 103.

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California is on fire. Wildfires in the western states are nothing new, but this year seems to be an especially bad one. Fire is a destructive force, but it is a part of the ecosystem that shapes our natural world. There is little doubt the world is changing, and not withstanding man’s own h…

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Showing visitors around Batesville could get a little more fun next year. Historical downtown tours in horse-drawn carriages and classic cars were some of the ideas floated at the Batesville Bicentennial marketing meeting. Volunteers with groups from throughout the city visited Tuesday after…

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In a public display of respect and cooperation Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh shook hands with Independence County Judge Robert Griffin Wednesday, agreeing to negotiate a 50/50 split in funding and operation details of the district court. The disagreement has led to months of legal maneuver…

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A Back the Blue of Independence County event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Riverside Park Pavilion.

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When Independence County Judge Robert Griffin read that the Batesville City Council had approved a motion to offer the county a 50/50 split regarding funding and operations of the district court, he sprang into action.

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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences released another COVID-19 model projection yesterday and Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he has reviewed the report, but to put it in perspective, the June 19 model projected 18,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day in the future, and those numbers haven’…

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Local attorney Alexandra T. Chunn of Blair & Stroud in Batesville has been elected to the Executive Council of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section. Chunn represents District A, which includes 29 counties. Her term will expire in 2023. As a member of the Executive Counci…

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MELBOURNE — Kendra Davis of Cave City and Misty See of Concord have been awarded the annual Dan “Wally” Pittman Endowed Scholarships for the 2020-21 year. Both students will receive $250 for fall 2020 semester and $250 for spring 2021 semester at Ozarka College.

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LITTLE ROCK — Western Governors University, an online, nonprofit and accredited university, is working to close the digital divide by providing Online Access Scholarships to qualified students to help pay for high-speed internet access and technology. Thousands of dollars have been awarded t…

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The Batesville City Council agreed to motion to make an offer to Independence County in their ongoing legal battle regarding funding and operations of the district court.

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WALNUT RIDGE — The Williams Baptist University Board of Trustees conducted its regular fall meeting on the university campus Sept. 11. It marked the first gathering of the full board on campus since December 2019.

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WALNUT RIDGE — The Williams Baptist University Board of Trustees conducted its regular fall meeting on the university campus Sept. 11. It marked the first gathering of the full board on campus since December 2019.