• Knitting, crocheting to be taught

    A knitting and crocheting class is forming at the Paper Chase Book Store in downtown Batesville. The first meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday. For more information call (870) 793-4276.

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  • Boat sucked into lock

    A party barge that got away from its owner late Monday afternoon at Kennedy Park and spent the night hung up on a safety catch line, later ended up in the Batesville hydroelectric system intake lock. Authorities say the barge, without passengers, slipped off its …

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  • Utility rates to rise

    Utility rates are going up for Batesville customers. Tuesday night, the city council met and approved by a unanimous vote the third and final reading of an ordinance modifying fees and rates charged by the Batesville Water and Sewer Utilities. Among the other changes, rates …

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  • Meeks wins car at ‘Celebrate America’

    Billy E. Meeks was shooting off fireworks for friends and family last Friday night on his farm near Floral when his wife, Jannette, received a text message on her cell phone that he had won a new car in Citizens Bank’s “Celebrate America 2014” drawings …

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  • Man charged in wire theft

    A Batesville man learned a hard lesson in wire theft Thursday: Don’t do it in front of witnesses and don’t leave evidence behind with your name on it. Jeremy A. Taylor, 31, of Edgar Road was arrested Thursday after witnesses called police and reported Taylor …

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  • Sidney pastor marks 50 years in ministry

    Sidney — Doyne Robertson didn’t plan on becoming a preacher. His father, Homer Robertson, was a Southern Baptist pastor from 1940-1978 so he knew the life of a preacher and decided he would rather be a lawyer. Doyne studied economics in college and had his …

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  • 3 veterans to be inducted

    The Independence County Fair Veterans and Military Day Committee has announced the annual Veterans Appreciation Day at the fair will be July 19. Many new activities are planned. The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial Display will return this year. The display is a self-funded traveling memorial …

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  • Haigwood named FNBC branch manager

    Jeff Haigwood of Pleasant Plains has been named branch manager of FNBC’s Batesville office, located at 1388 Harrison St. In this position, Haigwood will oversee the daily operations and planning for the Batesville office. He will also work with Mark Skelton, community president for Batesville, …

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  • C-Ridge eyes new preschool

    NEWARK — A new preschool at Newark Elementary could be in the Cedar Ridge School District’s future, but plans are far from being finalized. The Cedar Ridge School Board at its June meeting heard from Michael McBryde with Stephens Inc. and voted to issue $1,250,000 …

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  • Race forms in school elections

    The filing period for area school board elections ended noon Tuesday, but there is only one contested race, according to information from county clerk offices in Independence, Izard and Sharp counties. That three-way race will be held in Sharp County on the Highland School Board …

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  • Civil War group to hear female soldiers, spies

    The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests. Ruth Browning and Mary Hale will present a program entitled “C.S.A. Women Soldiers and Spies.” These sisters both live in …

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  • Izard historical group meet

    BROCKWELL — The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Izard County Senior Center on Highway 9 south of Brockwell. The meeting is open to the public. Guest speaker will be Holly Hope, a special projects historian with …

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