• County bee rescheduled

    The Independence County Spelling Bee will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College of Batesville. The event, which had to be rescheduled to due inclement weather, is open to the public.

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  • Board to honor LEGO team

    The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school cafeteria. Agenda items include recognition board members and Central Magnet Elementary LEGO robotics team, construction and curriculum updates as well as need for an executive session for the superintendent’s annual evaluation. …

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  • Highway work public meeting set for Thursday in Cave City

    CAVE CITY — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will hold a public involvement meeting in Cave City to discuss plans for improvements to Highway 167 from County Road 80 to the south of Cave City, said Jeff Whatley, public information officer. The meeting …

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  • Hardy native enjoys doing appraisals for PBS show

    MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -— An old steamer trunk. A $200,000 painting. A copy of the Declaration of Independence. A baby dinosaur skeleton. Hardy native LaGina Austin never knows what she’ll come across while appraising or auctioning antiques and collections. Austin has been an appraiser for “Antiques …

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  • HRA fires felon

    Another one bites the dust. Jim Clark of Searcy was fired from his unspecified post with Health Resources of Arkansas, a quasi-governmental agency with a budget of $22 million per year, by unanimous vote during a special board meeting Thursday. Clark’s position with the agency …

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  • Ash Flat gets beer

    ASH FLAT — Not only can customers get their groceries, oil changed and prescriptions at Walmart as of Thursday they can now get their alcohol too, at least in Ash Flat. The big-box retailer along with the Rebel Station, 4201 Highway 62/412, at Hardy are …

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  • Cave City hires new police chief

    CAVE CITY — The resignation of Cave City Police Chief Aaron Presser was accepted during a special council meeting Monday and Independence County sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Stephens was hired to fill the position, said city Finance Manager/Recorder Krystal Schreiner, who has been moderating council meetings …

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  • Cedar Ridge school may hike millage

    NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb will recommend the Cedar Ridge School Board consider a millage increase, that if approved, would allow the district to hire two full-time resource officers starting next school year. Members will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday …

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  • Sandage to retire, again

    After Larry Sandage retired in 2002, he found himself working harder than ever. So, he went back into the workforce. Now, he’s decided to give retirement another try — and hopefully, take things a little more leisurely this time. Sandage is retiring from White River …

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  • Personnel to be discussed

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle school library to discuss the possibility of hiring a resource officer for the 2013-14 school year, according to an agenda for the meeting. Superintendent Steven Green’s contract for …

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  • Contract to be considered

    CONCORD — The Concord School Board will discuss Superintendent Dr. Michael Davidson’s contract for the 2013-14 school term when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center, according to an agenda for the regular meeting. In other personnel discussions, the directors …

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  • Airport eyes wash station

    The Batesville Airport Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the terminal building. Engineer Bob Chatman will give an update on the runway safety project. The commission will also discuss the 2013 budget, tree removal in approaches and plane wash station as proposed by …

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