• Police arrest two men on drug charges 

    SEARCY (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested two men on several felony charges, including possession of drugs and firearms. Jonathan Blaine Spivey, 22, was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop in White County. Police say they then learned Spivey’s driver’s license was suspended and searched …

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  • Stress: It’s all about perception, says RN

    Stress leads to disease and one must learn how to change their perception of circumstances in order to control stress. That was the message Nora Osborne, White River Medical Center director of surgery services and women’s services, brought to the Kiwanis Club of Batesville meeting …

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  • ‘Smart Start’ announced

    CAVE CITY — The Bethany Project will host its third annual “Smart Start” free back-to-school distribution event from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Cave City Elementary safe room. The organization will have school supplies for grades K-12 for those in need; bags will be …

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  • Bilingual insurance agent joins Community Insurance

    Community Insurance Professionals Inc., a subsidiary of First Community Bank, has announced the appointment of Bill Oliva as an independent agent for the organization’s Batesville location, according to a news release. “Because Bill is fluent in Spanish, he has often been called on by departments …

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  • Hillcrest alum named NASA research associate

    STRAWBERRY — Joshua Shaw, a 2012 graduate of Hillcrest High School, has been selected as a 2014 NASA Space Academy research associate at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The NASA Academy for Space Exploration is an intensive resident summer institute of higher learning …

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  • Local bank assistant vp earns national certification

    Craig Amos, assistant vice president and assistant compliance officer at First Community Bank, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. Amos has been with First Community …

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  • Neighborhood watch to meet

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains neighborhood watch will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the community center. Meetings are held the first Tuesdays of each month. For more information call (870) 834-7066.

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  • Citizens Bank awards scholars

    Citizens Bank of Batesville has announced the recipients of two college scholarships as part of the bank’s continuing commitment to higher education, according to a news release. Austin Canard, a graduate of Batesville High School, and Rachel Woods, who graduated from Cave City High School, …

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  • ‘Hillbilly Cousins’ to perform

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Guitarists Randy Buckner and Brian Ison will perform Saturday at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Known as the “Hillbilly Cousins,” Buckner and Ison of Springfield, Missouri, specialize in Merle Travis thumbpicking among other styles. Buckner has been a …

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  • Church offers adult VBS

    DESHA — First Baptist Church in Desha will have an adult vacation Bible school, “Compass,” with speaker Ferrell Miller Aug. 3 through 6. On Aug. 3, an ice cream social and fellowship will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bible study will be from 6:30 to 7:30. …

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  • Homecoming announced

    CAVE CITY — Fairview Church and Cemetery will have homecoming Sunday beginning with singing at 10 a.m. A special message will be delivered by Dennis Gay. Special music will be provided by Megan Milligan Watson, John and Betty Carter and Marcia Street on keyboards. Billy …

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  • Needleworks club to meet

    River Valley Needle Works Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Independence County Extension building, located at 1770 Meyers St. in Batesville. Anyone interested in learning to knit, crochet or do counted cross-stitch is welcome. Those who have these skills and would like …

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