• West librarian nets national recognition; Batesville to purchase new track equipment

    One of Batesville School District’s own is receiving statewide recognition. West Magnet Elementary library media specialist Ashley Cooksey has been awarded the Retta Patrick Award from the Arkansas Library Association and on Monday was among two staff members recognized at the Batesville School Board’s monthly …

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  • School looking into claims bus driver slammed brakes

    The Batesville School District is investigating claims that a student was hurt when a school bus driver slammed the brakes Wednesday, according to published reports. A parent, Dewayne Taylor, told KAIT8 that his two daughters got off the bus and ran straight inside to tell …

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  • Southside hopes funding will spark interest in science

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside Middle School has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education and will use the money to update lab equipment by purchasing Chromebooks and Full Option Science System (FOSS) modules. These advancements will transform learning for students in the classroom. …

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  • ‘Late bill’ scam reported

    Grandparents and those who have Entergy accounts are being scammed statewide, according to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. Jeffery said Entergy has advised that people are being called and told their bill is late and that within 30 minutes the power will be shut off …

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  • City council committee to discuss law enforcement

    The Batesville City Council’s committee on law enforcement will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at city hall. Committee meetings are open to the entire council as well as the general public. On Nov. 12, Davis Business Planning, LLC consultants came before the council with their …

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  • Financial programs available for low-income families

    The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Inc. (NADC) has announced two new programs aimed at helping low-income families by offering financial counseling and an incentive to save money, according to Kathy Ruminer, NADC special grants coordinator. The Individual Development Account (IDA) is an interest bearing saving …

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  • Holiday bazaar to be held

    A holiday bazaar will be held by the United Methodist Women from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at First United Methodist Church, located at 615 E. Main St. in Batesville. The arts and crafts room will feature gifts and crafts for Christmas and other seasons, …

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  • Thanksgiving supper, singing scheduled

    BETHESDA — A Thanksgiving supper and gospel singing will be held Saturday at New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Supper will be served at 5 p.m. Singing featuring the Tiptons will begin at 6. The church is located at 3655 Bethesda Road.

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  • Soup/chili lunch planned

    DESHA — Desha United Methodist Women will have a soup and chili lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Desha United Methodist Church, located on Jamestown Road. Donations will be accepted. A bake sale will be held in conjunction with the event.

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  • E-Shade slates art/craft event

    EVENING SHADE — The city of Evening Shade will present its first Art Show and Craft Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium, located on Main Street. Vendors will display local art, crafts of all kinds, baked goods and other …

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  • Bake sale to benefit youth

    SIDNEY — Grace Country Church youth group in Sidney will host a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hometown Market in Melbourne and Cave City and at Mark’s Pharmacy and the Son Shine Shoppe, both in Melbourne. Donations will go toward …

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  • Student named to ‘Who’s Who’

    JONESBORO — Twenty-eight outstanding upper-level students at Arkansas State University have been named to the prestigious “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for 2014‑15, according to a news release. “Who’s Who Among Students, an organization recognized on campuses across the nation, holds …

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