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Autistic daughter inspires pageant for special needs

Four years ago, when Jessica Ross found out she would be having a daughter, she began to dream of raising a “prissy girl,” with bows and frilly, lacy dresses, entering pageants and doing all things girly. But those dreams were crushed when she learned her baby had epilepsy and would be developmentally delayed. “I never got to have that experience …

In Other News

Man accused of raping girl

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a …

Child sex offender moves to Melbourne

MELBOURNE — A man convicted of engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl has moved to 712 Dream Riders …

Sheriff: Meth, pot, pills found

ASH FLAT — On Wednesday, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the Cave City Police Department executed a search warrant …

Arkansas Parole Board votes against felon’s commutation

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found the request of a man with convictions in multiple counties to …

Drug prevention calendars legit

It’s legit. Independence County Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls said he wanted to reassure those calling about donations sought for the …

Mt. Pleasant named ‘high achieving’ school

MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary has been identified by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas …

Depot Days music festival to rock Newport Sept. 27

NEWPORT — The 17th annual Depot Days music festival is set to take place on Sept. 27 on historic Front …

Body in Arkansas River said to be missing man

FORT SMITH (AP) — Sebastian County authorities say a body found in the Arkansas River has been identified as that …

Sports

BJHS remains undefeated as defense stalls Cyclones

The Batesville Junior Pioneers relied on a swarming defense and an offense that won the time of possession to collect …

Sederberg places fifth in world biking event

After a third-place finish in the USA cross-country mountain biking competition, Dr. Rick Sederberg recently finished fifth in the Master’s …

Guard-area gridders to finish non-league warmers tonight

Warm it up one more time, please. That’s the scenario tonight for most Arkansas high school football teams all of …

Cedar Ridge, S-side juniors remain unbeaten

MELBOURNE — In a junior high football game with lots of big numbers, it was a zero that counted most. …

Lady Pioneers v-ballers collect key league win

JONESBORO — Led by the attack combo of Kendra Kelley and Hannah Qualls, the Batesville Lady Pioneers posted a key …

Lady Southerners sweep Lady Cougars

SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners swept the West-Helena Lady Cougars 25-5, 25-9, 25-7 in a 4A-Central Conference volleyball match …

Melbourne golfers win three district titles

MELBOURNE — Melbourne swept the 3A-2 District Tournament team golf titles and a Lady Bearkat won medalist honors at Cooper’s …

Sports Calendar

Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, September 19 – Saturday, September 20, 2014.