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Lyon College began distributing shots to faculty and staff this week as the state continues efforts to get the vaccine out to high-risk groups, such as educators.

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LITTLE ROCK — New editions of the most widely used publications from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are now available and offer the latest research-based recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases in row crop agriculture, as well as fruit, vegetable and…

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin received a $10,000 donation Wednesday for the sidewalk and biking trail project along Polk Bayou. Griffin will ask County Treasurer Paul Albert to create a specific fund for this donation.

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According to the Arkansas Center for Health Initiatives, the seven day trend for COVID-19 cases in Independence County is trending downward and that’s good news.

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Friday A 20 percent chance of showers before 7am. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 52. 

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During these shut-in days of the pandemic I’ve noticed, as reporters and talking heads do their pontificating from their homes, that the white phalaenopsis orchid is by far the most popular flowering houseplant I see. I too like the phalaenopsis orchid and consider it perhaps the best value …

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Farm Bureau hired Jessica Richard as director of Commodity Activities and Economics in the organization’s Commodity and Regulatory Affairs Department.

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On Saturday, Jan. 9, Detective Michael Moody and Deputy Bobby Tate were dispatched to 20 Brashears Lane in reference to Jacob Rex Bales, 18, destroying things and acting out of control toward the family including his grandmother, Glenda Blue, 78.

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

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On Thursday, Izard County Deputy Sean Tomlinson was patrolling in Melbourne when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and a headlight that was not working according to a report submitted by Sheriff Jack Yancey.

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During the Batesville City Council meeting last week, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh read aloud this proclamation denoting Tuesday, Jan. 19 as National Day of Racial Healing for the city.

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LITTLE ROCK — Two hundred one Arkansas school districts – 86 percent of the state’s districts, a new high – have COVID-19 infection rates of 50 or more new known infections per 10,000 district residents over a 14-day period, up from 179 a week ago, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement …

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Less than a week after an angry mob of insurrectionists almost took over the nation’s Capitol, the beleaguered Capitol Police started requiring lawmakers to pass through metal detectors on their way to the floor of the House of Representatives.

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The Humane Society of Independence County is conducting a raffle for a Valentine package consisting of items donated by Main Street Batesville vendors to raise funds for a new heater for the building that the dogs are housed in.

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I had my blackeye peas for lunch on New Year’s Day. Did you? Superstitions are hard things to shake. Most of us would never profess to believing in magic, but it is always a bit startling to see how easily we fall into lockstep with superstitious notions that must date back to a time when we…

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The Batesville City Council met virtually at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The city was unable to get their plan for an in-person meeting with more than 10 people approved by the Arkansas Department of Health, but will be submitting those plans for future meetings.

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White River Health System (WRHS) announced the opening of the WRMC Medical Detoxification Unit located inside White River Medical Center (WRMC). The WRMC Medical Detox Unit is a 3-5 day program for adult patients voluntarily detoxing from prolonged substance abuse or alcohol abuse. The unit …

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On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Deputy Zachary Spohr of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Reserve Deputy Jeremy Spohr in regards to numerous pieces of mail found in the ditch by multiple businesses along Batesville Boulevard. The located mail has been returned, however …

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According to the Arkansas Department of Health, in Independence County there have been 75 confirmed deaths linked to COVID-19 and 25 probable deaths linked to the virus. As of Tuesday, there are 292 active cases reported in the county. Independence County’s infection rate per 1,000 is curren…

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Independence County Tax Collector, Paul Albert, has teamed up with two Arkansas companies, Arkansas CAMA Technology and DataScout, LLC, to help the taxpayers of Independence County pay and review property through a “one stop shop” using the website www.actdatascout.com/independencear. This s…

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North Central Arkansas Development Council Inc. has contracted with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for local administration of the 2021 Low-income Home Energy Assistance Winter Program. The Regular Assistance Program began Jan. 11 and will run through April 30 or until fund…

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Municipalities across the area are getting back to business this week.

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Despite the freezing temperatures and blustery wind, a large crowd gathered at the Sharp County Detention Center Jan. 8 for the grand opening ceremony and to tour the new facility.

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A traffic stop on Highway 167 near Pleasant Plains put a Batesville man in jail and yielded authorities with a bounty of drugs, some cash and a stolen weapon.

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Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh confirmed Friday afternoon that he and wife, Margaret, have tested positive for COVID-19, but both are doing better.

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WASHINGTON — Thirteen individuals have been charged so far in federal court in the District of Columbia related to crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. In addition to those who have been charged, additional complaints have been submitted and in…

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

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2020 is a wrap! It was a great year for gardening, simply because so many people were stuck at home!

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A large crowd was on hand Friday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Sharp County Detention Center, 84 Arnhart St. Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Cody Hiland, and Sharp …

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After waiting two days past her due date, 24 hours of labor, and a New Year’s kiss at midnight, Khione’ Noelle Hartness-Burkhardt made her arrival as the first baby born at White River Medical Center in 2021. Khione’ was born at 2:28 a.m. on New Year’s Day weighing in at 8 lbs. 8 oz. and 19 …

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[Editor’s note: We reached out to several leaders across the county for a look back at 2020 and a look forward at the year ahead. We had a few words from Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, Pleasant Plains Mayor Ken Burns, and Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh. Today we’re hearing from D…

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On Sunday, Dec. 27, Arkansas State Police made a traffic stop on a vehicle in Pineville for improper window tint. There were three occupants in the vehicle, Jesse Bowman, 31, and Jolynn Mandel, 36, both of Norfork, and Brandon Stanley, 47 of Pineville. During the stop the trooper reported sm…

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[Editor’s note: We reached out to several leaders across the county for a look back at 2020 and a look forward at the year ahead. We had a few words from Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, Pleasant Plains Mayor Ken Burns, and Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh. Today we’re hearing from C…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas Michael John Gray is calling for Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is the head of the Republican Party of Arkansas, and their Chair Jonelle Fulmer to immediately request the resignation of Congressman Rick Crawford. Representative Cra…