• UACCB student added to staff

    Christian Varner has been hired to work as institutional services assistant in the evenings for the maintenance department at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Varner is a 2012 graduate of Batesville Christian School. Prior to graduation, he contacted UACCB and scheduled a …

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  • BHS student accepted to academy

    Kali Richardson, a junior at Batesville High School, has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar set for June 15-20 in Annapolis, Md., according to a news release. “The seminar is a fast-paced, intense introduction to the academy. Richardson will be one of …

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  • Governor signs sex offender restrictions into law

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law legislation banning certain sex offenders from swimming areas and playgrounds in state parks and another bill imposing a fee on sex offenders who move to Arkansas from another state. The measures are among 28 …

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  • Gov. Beebe to discuss steel mill with House

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe and state economic development officials are scheduled to answer questions from the state House about a $1.1 billion steel mill that Big River Steel says it wants to build in northeast Arkansas. Beebe is to speak at a …

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  • Governor says he’ll OK abortion coverage ban

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday he’ll sign into law legislation prohibiting insurers from covering most abortions in an exchange created under the federal health care law, as lawmakers advanced a separate measure banning the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy. Beebe …

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  • Capitol’s spring exhibit features Arkansas Post

    LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin has announced that the Capitol’s spring exhibit explores Arkansas’ first settlement and capital. “This is a fascinating chance to learn about Arkansas Post,” Martin said. “The First Post exhibit includes artifacts recovered during nearly five decades of …

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  • Technology coordinator ‘does anything’

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Considering the work he performs at the Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, it’s probably appropriate Jeff Putman has nicknames instead of an official title. His business cards say “investigator/information technology.” “But that’s kind of self-proclaimed,” Putman, 39, said. Although Prosecuting Attorney …

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  • Parents of cancer victim form group

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Austin Snyder, a 10-year-old Mountain Home boy, has a few things in common with Hayden Graham Padgett, a 9-year-old Mountain Home boy. Both boys attended Mountain Home schools. Both have siblings. And both were diagnosed with cancer and treated at St. …

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  • Arkansas House rejects school consolidation bill – Hillcrest superintendent attends discussion

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas House panel rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have allowed school districts whose low student populations put them in danger of consolidation to bolster their enrollment numbers by counting home-schooled students. The rejection by a bipartisan majority of lawmakers …

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  • Ark. committee advances bill on gun list

    LITTLE ROCK — The names of about 130,000 Arkansas residents permitted to carry a concealed handgun would be kept secret under a proposal endorsed by a Senate committee Tuesday, over the objections of media organizations that say the information should remain public. The measure is …

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  • Senate panel approves death penalty bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a proposal to rewrite the state’s lethal injection law after it was thrown out by the state Supreme Court last year. The bill spells out in greater detail the procedures the state must follow …

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  • Searcy High hosts women’s scholarship program

    SEARCY — Twenty-one high school seniors from across the state will compete in the 56th annual Arkansas’ Distinguished Young Women Scholarship program at 7 p.m. Saturday at Searcy High School Performing Arts Center. Each contestant will be vying for the title of Arkansas Distinguished Young …

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