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The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce's (BACC) Annual Meeting and Gala was held on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Batesville Community Center. The venue was transformed to reflect "The White River Lodge" theme for its 450 guests.

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The Batesville City Council will consider several items when it meets on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Millions of men, women, and children are trafficked every year. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, reports of trafficking can be found in every state including Arkansas. In fact, 121 calls from Arkansas came into the hotline last year resulting in 41 possible cases identified.

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville board of visitors heard presentations concerning the growth and strategic planning happening on campus at its quarterly meeting Jan. 16 in Independence Hall.

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LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Levee Task Force has completed its final report, with recommendations on how to pay for maintenance and repairs, and how to best gauge the current condition of levees.

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Just because a mentor starts unconsciously humming Motown tunes during a heart-to-heart talk with you about temptations, that doesn't mean his advice is irrelevant.

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Batesville Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Owens attended a tree board meeting recently to request that out of the 500 trees on the Batesville Municipal Golf Course, he would like 200 of those trees cut down.

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Quenton Harris grew up in Russellville, was a chef at Arkansas Tech University where he stated, "You know, I learned alot working there, but the corporate world of cooking was not for me."

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For most baseball fans, the season ends when the World Series final putout is made. But in 1946, the lucky residents of Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Des Moines, Denver, San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco and, finally, Long Beach had the o…

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How's your life? Quite the question I think. Have you stopped to consider your life and its impact? Yes, impact! Whether you like it or not, you have an impact on everyone you come in contact with. So take a minute and think, "how is my life?"

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Independence County Library Director Vanessa Adams has something to be proud of as The Independence County Library recently received an Arkansas Preservation Honorable Mention for Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation from Preserve Arkansas. The awards ceremony is presented yearl…

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In a motion filed by attorney Clinton Lancaster, Hunter Biden is alleged to have missed a deadline set by Judge Holly Meyer to comply with past due discovery no later than Jan. 16.

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Located near the town of Cushman and 6 miles northwest of Batesville, Spring Mill stands out on the side of the highway with a white building that simply says,"Spring Mill. " When the spring is flowing, the crystal clear blue-green water can be seen from the road, and standing above the wate…

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I have been an avid supporter of Asa Hutchison since his announcement to run for his first term as governor of the State of Arkansas. He has implemented polices and made decisions for the greater good of the state. There are a few things that I disagreed with him on, but as I am an open-mind…

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Independence County Deputy Timothy Cunningham initiated a traffic stop on Monday on AR Highway 69 in which the driver pulled over to the shoulder.

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An accident involving a Hoxie school bus and a gravel truck on Highway 63 between Hoxie and Sedgwick resulted in injuries. Nine total injuries -- seven kids and two adults, both drivers. Ambulance services from Craighead and Lawrence counties responded.

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In a vote that has been anticipated for months, the Batesville School Board met last night at the Batesville High School Cafeteria.

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Hal Hooper is a lifelong resident of Batesville, and owns A-1 Truss Company, A-1 Septic and A-1 Affordable Portables, and can now add restaurant owner to his list of businesses as he has taken ownership of Southside's Backwoods Steakhouse and Grill.

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One of the final wishes of Sheriff Earnie Blackley before he lost his fight with cancer was that his friend take his place after he was gone.

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Research tells us that 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes. Middle-income homes have an average of 13 books per child.

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LITTLE ROCK -- Thanks to legislation enacted in 1993, Arkansas continues to experience a competitive market for workers' compensation insurance.

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Ivanka Trump wasn't in the Golden Globes audience when master of ceremonies Ricky Gervais delivered his scathing indictment of celebrities and Hollywood elite. Trump would have been well advised to heed Gervais' message. Gervais urged the assembled actors to, if called on to accept an award,…

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As comedian Ricky Gervais said so pointedly during the Golden Globes, Hollywood is full of people with no experience in the real world who think they should tell the rest of us how to live.

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Leigh Keller grew up in Alma, a small town in the located within the Arkansas River Valley at the edge of the Ozark Mountains near the Fort Smith area.

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January 7 was a busy day in the Independence County Circuit Court. According to a press release from the 16th Judicial District, 29 felony cases were pleaded, many of them included substantial sentences to the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

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In an affadavit, Deputy Adam McGilton said he was patrolling on Camp Tahkodah Road on Wednesday traveling east when he observed a black Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling west. Deputy McGilton recognized the person operating the motorcycle as Travis Hutson. McGilton knew that Hutson was wa…

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MAGNESS -- Friday the 13th could be considered an unlucky day for those who are superstitious; however, Friday, December 13, Melinda Talley of Magness lead a project that could turn an unlucky day into a blessing.

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After reports from City Engineer Damon Johnson and Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn, during Tuesday's Batesville City Council meeting, City Landscape Supervisor Johnathon Abbott spoke about the record breaking year for the Christmas light display.

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Adventure, sex, love the internet is the path that many follow to fulfil their desires, but it can also mean prison time, if you're breaking the law. Local law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys are taking internet crimes seriously.

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The Independence County Quorum Court met on Monday and briefly brought up the lawsuit that was recently filed against the city of Batesville. The ongoing issue between the city and the county has been a thorn in the side of each body of government for some time.

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On Tuesday, the Independence County Sheriff's Department responded to 2775 Floral Road in reference to a domestic incident. While a deputy was enroute Independence County Central Dispatch advised that the male subject Braydon White was outside and the female Christy Midlin was inside the res…

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When I talk to people who no longer attend church, I often find their reason has nothing to do with God. Most often the reason people went to church and then stopped is due to the people in the church. I am most often told of hurt feelings and hypocritical people. Sometimes I am told of doct…

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Today's title is a bit ambiguous, so I'll begin with a passage from John 13:34. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

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On Jan. 12, Independence County Deputy Adam McGilton was patrolling Locust Grove Road when he encountered a grey Malibu traveling west bound with no license plate. McGilton attempted to catch the vehicle, and at the intersection of Locust Grove Road and Heber Springs Road, he could see that …

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In an affidavit filed yesterday in Jackson County, Rebecca O'Donnell, the woman who faces charges in the death of former state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, is now facing additional charges as well.

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The city of Batesville's tree board met last week to address the removal of trees from the municipal golf course.

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We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It's my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It's a chance to break away from work, and to touch base with my only child. She's 14 now. And it won't be long before she's driving herself. I treasure these moments.

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Independence County Deputy Adam McGilton was dispatched to Custom Craft Poultry on Jan. 10 in reference to a woman passed out from inhaling air duster.

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As expected, the lawsuit filed by Independence County was an early topic during the Independence County Quorum Court, which met last night.

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Mark Rorie grew up in North Little Rock.

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The Cedar Ridge School District has launched a groundbreaking branding campaign for the district which includes a user-friendly website and mobile app that will help connect the Cedar Ridge School District with the community.

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LITTLE ROCK ­-- Over the past decade, greater numbers of Arkansas children have been diagnosed with disabilities that require them to receive education.