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Lights at Riverside Park

Thousands of Christmas lights reflect off the White River next to Batesville’s Riverside Park. In addition to a large display of holiday lights, there is a synthetic ice-skating rink and horse-drawn carriage rides. White River Wonderland is expected to continue until Jan. 4.   (photo by Kris Caraway)

In Other News

City’s 2015 budget includes new police department, additional parks personnel

The city council’s decision to split from the county sheriff’s office will affect the budget besides a police start-up cost. …

Senior citizens share their best gifts, memories

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Threat to cops ends in arrest

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FBI asks agencies to watch Memphis bridges

LITTLE ROCK — The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis to help …

Casting call announced for new CMT show

SEARCY — CMT is currently looking for singles ages 18-32 in small towns for a new series, and will hold …

Letters to Santa

Editor’s note: The following letters to Santa were written by students in Amber Neal’s first-grade class at Newark Elementary.   …

Severe weather slams southern U.S.; 4 killed

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped …

NORAD tracks when Santa is comin’ to town

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are getting ready to monitor Santa Claus as …

Sports

Melbourne’s Romero, Haney get top honors

Dalton Romero and Kenny Haney were recently named to the Class 3A All-State football team after leading the Melbourne Bearkatz …

Cavemen eliminated from NEA tourney

JONESBORO — The Manila Lions defeated the Cave City Cavemen 68-58 Tuesday in the first round of the Northeast Arkansas …

Sports Calendar

Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, December 26 – Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Mariota named player of the year

The only thing left for Marcus Mariota to win at Oregon is the national championship. The Ducks’ star quarterback is …

Nine Denver Broncos selected for Pro Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) — The AFC West champion Denver Broncos led the NFL with nine players selected for the Pro …

Sports stories we want to remember from 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the …

Louisville’s Dyer ineligible

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville says that senior running back Michael Dyer is academically ineligible and will miss the Cardinals’ …

Sports Briefs

Pro football SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith acknowledged Tuesday that he visited Ray McDonald’s …