• Governor lauds $13M Peco expansion

    Local dignitaries and Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe were on hand Wednesday for the official announcement of Peco Foods $13.8 million expansion of its feed mill in Newark and processing plant in Batesville. The expansion will add 300 jobs bringing Peco’s total employment to 866 in …

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  • Chief discusses fire tax

    Independence County voters — whether they live in town or out — are being asked to approve a sales tax for the local fire departments. For the first five years, the tax will be a half-cent; after that it will drop to a quarter-cent and …

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  • Election 2012 – Arkansas House of Representatives (District 63)

    Incumbent James McLean is being challenged for his District 63 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives by Charlie Fuqua. Both are from Batesville. Fuqua chose not to participate in the Guard’s election coverage but has drawn fire in the local, state and national media …

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  • Kiwanians get wild – AG&FC officer discusses squirrels, deer, etc.

    From an out-of-control squirrel population to a bear at Kennedy Park in Batesville — Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Wildlife Officer Shad Pearce had lots to tell the Batesville Kiwanis Club at its luncheon Friday.   Wildlife populations Employed with the Game & Fish for …

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  • School locked down during police chase – Conway man arrested after fleeing

    A cautious clerk who called police about suspicious checks aided in the capture of a wanted man Wednesday afternoon. Shannon Fitzpatrick of Merrill Check Cashing service, 1009 Batesville Blvd., told police that a man, later identified as Ricky Lee Lynch, 29, of Conway, came into …

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  • C-Ridge appoints new board member

    NEWARK — A new board member has been appointed to serve in the Zone 7 seat on the Cedar Ridge School Board following the resignation of Pat McCoy on Oct. 16. Jason Barber was appointed to the Zone 7 position and will serve until the …

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  • Woman drives into passing train, making her fourth DWI offense

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Lawrence County deputy arrested a Hoxie woman Tuesday after seeing her drive a vehicle into a passing train, then learning the vehicle was stolen. Sheriff Jody Dotson said 29-year-old Amanda Graves faces charges of theft of a motor vehicle, driving while …

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  • FFA benefit rodeo set for Friday, Saturday

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School FFA will host a benefit rodeo Friday and Saturday night at the Pleasant Plains arena on Highway 167, according to a news release. Start times are 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The rodeo will feature events for all …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, 2012.

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  • Sheriff elected to board – Izard’s Tate Lawrence voted in to 3-year term

    Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence has been elected Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches’ board of directors for a three-year term, according to a news release. The board is responsible for setting the policies that govern the operations of the ranches, provide input on all of the …

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  • Stubbs benefit dinner set

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Gospel Opry, located at 308 School Ave. in Mountain View. A concert will begin at 7. Proceeds will go to help with medical expenses for Steve Stubbs. …

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  • ‘Reducing stress’ to be topic

    MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Institutional Professional Development Committee will host “Reducing Stress in Today’s Busy World,” from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the lecture hall of the John E. Miller Education Complex on the Melbourne campus. Tom Stalf, director of Senior Haven of …

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