• Dry Run Circle to be resurfaced

    The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has opened bids for improvements to a road in Independence County, according to County Judge Robert Griffin. About 1.3 miles of Dry Run Circle on Ruddell Hill, west of Batesville, will be resurfaced. Atlas Asphalt Inc. of Batesville was …

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  • ‘Smarter than fifth-grader?’ event set at Cave City school

    CAVE CITY — Three contestants will compete in an “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-grader” contest beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Cave City Middle School cafeteria to raise funds for the Third Judicial District’s Court Appointed Special Advocates for children program, said Ed …

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  • School, farm equipment stolen

    An official with Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Newark arrived for work Monday morning to find a building had been broken into and computer equipment stolen. Principal Kathy Magness said someone entered the Alternative Learning Environment building through the back door and investigation later found …

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  • Southside School Board discusses bonds

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside School District’s most recent assessment report puts the district at $55.1 million with an annual payroll just over $7 million and budget just over $13 million with 212 employees, Superintendent Roger Rich said during the district’s annual report to the public on …

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  • Ash Flat Library hosts reception

    ASH FLAT — A reception for September guest artist Royston “Roy” Morris at the Ash Flat Public Library will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday and those planning to attend may also view his artworks on display in the library, said Ina Gill of …

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  • Library discusses activities

    The Independence County Library had 455 children participate in this year’s summer reading program, librarian Vanessa Adams announced at the library board’s recent meeting. Story time for preschoolers continues at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and attendance for computer classes “is picking up now that summer has …

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  • NAESC board to meet

    MELBOURNE — The Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative board will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 1013 Haley St., Melbourne. Agenda items include personnel reports, consideration of the 2012-13 budget, discussion of school board member training on Oct. 15 and 22.

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  • Separating the sexes – Gender-based classes getting trial run at Newark Elementary

    NEWARK — This school year Newark Elementary sixth-grader Hayley Newberry might be less afraid to answer a question — worried she’ll be teased by a boy if it’s wrong. “(Last year) I got an answer wrong and they laughed at me,” she said, sitting with …

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  • Free prostate cancer screening a success

    A total of 269 men participated in Tuesday’s free prostate cancer screening held at White River Medical Center. The event was hosted by WRMC, Dr. John Allgood, Dr. Hunter Brown, Dr. Rob Emery, Dr. K. Raman Desikan and Dr. Muhammad A. Khan. “We appreciate the …

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  • Film recalls president’s visit to city

    A locally-produced 10-minute documentary of President Harry S. Truman’s visit to Batesville in the early 1950s will be shown for the first time at the Old Independence Regional Museum’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the event is open to the …

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  • ‘El Pionero’ raises $700 for literacy

    The “El Pionero” Pioneer Bike Ride for Literacy, organized by Centro Cristiano in honor of the church’s eighth anniversary, raised $700 for the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. Approximately 40 adults and 10 children turned out for the Aug. 25 ride. Both novice and experienced bikers …

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  • School elections to be Tuesday

    Arkansas’ annual school board elections will be held Tuesday. The Batesville School District has the only area school board that will have a polling site open until 7:30 that night. It will be at the First United Methodist Church, 615 E. Main. Early voting ends …

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