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S-Rock gym repair estimates climb, now set at $370,000

A sinking foundation at the Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary gym has come at a sinking cost, more than the Batesville School Board anticipated but ultimately approved Monday afternoon after months of discussion and research by architects to find cost-saving alternatives. The board agreed to have Jackson Brown Palculict Architects of Little Rock proceed with demolition, repair and renovations to an …

In Other News

Drunk man slings blood on officers

Independence County officers responding to a disturbance found themselves covered in blood and had to be checked at the hospital …

Man killed in wreck

MELBOURNE — A one-vehicle accident around 10 a.m. Wednesday in Izard County claimed the life of a Horseshoe Bend man. …

Area man arrested for Texas theft

MELBOURNE — A Brockwell man was arrested Dec. 15 in connection with the theft of a trailer out of Texas, …

Holidays to change government, trash schedules

Independence County government offices will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday, according to Judge Robert Griffin. County trash …

BPA presents Merit Awards

The Batesville Preservation Association has announced the winners of its 2014 awards for excellence in preservation and restoration. An Honor …

ICED to accept bids on house

It was likely the shortest meeting in Independence County Economic Development history: 18 minutes. But it was long enough for …

First-graders write to Santa

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

Arkansas gas prices at lowest level since 2009

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Holiday shoppers in Arkansas are spending less to drive to their favorite stores these days. AAA’s …

Sports

Lady Pioneers battle from behind for win

HOT SPRINGS — The Batesville Lady Pioneers had to come from behind twice Friday to post a 53-49, non-conference high …

Southside win, lose in district matchup

HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners improved to 2-2 in the 4A-2 District and 7-5 overall Friday at Heber …

Dallas Cowboys win NFC East

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys don’t have to worry about a win-and-you’re-in finale this year. …

Florida State’s Winston cleared of misconduct

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student …

Sports Briefs

Boxing LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught …

Local swimmer to participate in pro-am event

OKLAHOMA CITY — Seth Bailey, a freshman at Batesville Junior High, is scheduled to swim this weekend in the KMSC …

Second-place Scots sweep Owls in Missouri

FULTON, Mo. — The 23rd-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team headed into the holiday break on a roll, claiming its …

Roadrunners present awards, announce 2015 race schedule

The White River Roadrunners recently presented awards and recognized champions of the 2014 Challenge Series at the club’s annual Christmas …