• State Legislature candidates spar at open forum

    It wasn’t exactly a debate but four state legislative candidates sparred in an open forum at a CEO luncheon Wednesday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. About 30 people attended the luncheon, which is sponsored monthly by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. James McLean and …

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  • Bomb threat closes school

    CALICO ROCK (AP) — Calico Rock Elementary School sent students home early Wednesday after someone called in a bomb threat. Superintendent Jerry Skidmore said students were evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was called in to someone not associated with the district — and …

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  • Drunk arrested in street

    Minutes after being kicked out of a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Chaney Drive, a man who lists Chicago as his home, was arrested for public intoxication while walking in the middle of the street. Deputy Patrick Collins said he was dispatched to …

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  • Lyon homecoming events begin Friday

    Lyon College will hold its annual homecoming this weekend with events set to get under way Friday with the crowning of homecoming royalty at the men’s basketball game that night in Becknell Gymnasium. The Scots will take on Ecclesia College in the homecoming matchup. Saturday …

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  • Armed men break in, take money

    Three Batesville men were robbed and two of them beaten with guns during a home invasion on North Heights Street early Monday morning. Police were called to the home of Nathaniel McCure, (age 19) Randy Johnson (18) and Zack Webb (19) around 12:15 a.m. after …

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  • Loss of fire dues could be gain for CCFD

    CAVE CITY — If Independence County voters approve a sales tax for local fire departments the Cave City Fire Department will no longer receive dues paid from that county, but the money it stands to receive has the potential to make up for it, according …

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  • Barnes elected ACP Fellow

    Dr. Seth Barnes, an internal medicine physician and chief of staff at White River Medical Center, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the leading professional organization for internal medicine. The distinction recognizes achievements in internal medicine, the specialty of …

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  • Woman jailed for parole violation

    Police arrested Justine M. Villanueva, 26, at her home on Haynie Drive around 9 a.m. Wednesday after local parole officers Jeremy Canard and Krista Winchester allegdly found drugs during a surprise home visit. Deputy Jonathan Brown said he assisted the parole officers who told him …

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  • Locals win state literacy awards

    Ozark Foothills Literacy Project nominees took home three of the seven 2012 Arkansas Literacy Council awards at the annual Arkansas Literacy Councils Conference, held Oct. 12 in North Little Rock. Batesville English language student Migdalys Mobley, originally from Venezuela, was selected as the statewide 2012 …

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  • Ash Flat library presents artist Glenda Plumlee

    ASH FLAT — Glenda McCullough Plumlee is the artist of the month for November at the Ash Flat Public Library, said Ina Gill, publicist. “After growing up in Salem, Glenda attended the University of Arkansas, married and moved away from this area for the next …

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  • Hutchinson Mountain dinner planned

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will hold a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. The all-you-can-eat buffet including drink and dessert is $10 for those 12 and older and free for those 11 and under. Proceeds go to …

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  • Guard collecting food, other items for John 3:16

    It’s a time for giving and receiving at the Batesville Daily Guard. As a way of giving back to the community, the Guard is asking for donations to help John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte. During the months of October and November, those who bring in …

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