• Literacy director named to create strategic plan for county library

    As director of the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, Nicole Stroud knows the importance of a community library just as she knows the importance of making illiteracy a thing of the past, and now she will help the Independence County Library form a plan to ensure …

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  • AF man hires firm to sue investigator

    ASH FLAT — A man who was given a court-appointed attorney to fight his drug charges in circuit court has apparently found enough money to hire a private attorney to sue an arresting officer. Larry Casey, who lists an Ash Flat address, is charged with …

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  • Fraternity sets communitywide chili dinner

    Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Lyon College will host an all-you-can-eat chili dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Batesville. The event is open to the public and the cost is $5, but children 5 years old and younger eat free. Patrons …

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  • Bank promotes 3, hires 1

    Citizens Bank continues to bolster its branch leadership with recent promotions and a key hiring at two of its branch locations in Batesville, according to a news release. Stefanie Canard, a Citizens Bank associate in the retail department for more than 10 years, has been …

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  • Aldermen to hear reports

    OIL TROUGH — The Oil Trough City Council will meet in regular session at 7:15 tonight in the city hall to hear departmental reports, said Recorder-treasurer Amy Goyne. Current bills will also be reviewed.

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  • Cattlemen meeting is Thursday

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Independence-Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Tadpole’s Restaurant in Pleasant Plains. The cost is $5 per person.

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  • NADC board to hold meeting

    The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Inc. (NADC) board of directors will hold a quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Italian Grill in Batesville. Directors will hear reports on programs such as Head Start, low- income home energy assistance and outreach, workforce investment, YouthBuild …

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  • Ozarka College Foundation schedules Ladies’ Luncheon

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Foundation has announced it will host the second annual Ladies’ Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at the Ozark Heritage Bank Student Commons Area on the Ozarka College-Mountain View campus, 1800 College Drive. “This year’s event …

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  • Health insurance options to be discussed at enrollment fair

    Arkansans in need of health insurance are invited to attend an enrollment fair from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Christian Health Center inside of Believers Community Church. Information will be made available about health insurance available through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, and licensed guides …

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  • Arkansas cattle industry on rebound after drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas ranchers are rebuilding their herds after culling animals during a lengthy drought. The state’s cattle industry suffered $128 million in damage in a 2012 drought, the economic effects of which stretched into 2013. Nationally, cattle numbers are the lowest they …

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  • Stirlings donate $2,500 to Ozarka capital campaign

    MELBOURNE — Guy and Joan Stirling of Violet Hill have committed $2,500 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign, according to a news release. “From the first semester I taught at Ozarka College in 1996, I was enthralled with the opportunities it offered …

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  • River Valley Canners meeting set for Thursday

    River Valley Canners Extension Homemakers Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Independence County Extension Office in Batesville. The guest speaker will be Chester Clark, Master Gardener of Independence County. He will be speaking about growing tomatoes. The club will sample some canned …

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