• Donations sought for food pantry

    NEWARK — The employees of Merchants & Planters Bank are taking donations for the Cedar Ridge food pantry. Pre-packaged, non-perishable food items, canned goods, cleaning supplies and paper products will be accepted. All donations will go to help area families in need. The bank collected …

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  • County economic commission offers grants

    In its regular meeting Thursday afternoon, the Independence County Economic Development Commission reviewed a slide presentation from an Arkansas company being considered to create a new website for the both the commission and Independence County. The prospective company was chosen for the presentation out of …

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  • Independence Co. lifts burn ban

    Independence County Judge Robert Griffin has lifted the burn ban in the county for the time being. “Our area along with most of north Arkansas is still in an extreme drought condition and we appreciate our county residents’ patience during this burn ban over the …

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  • Newark homes hit by burglars

    Suspects have been named in two separate incidents of home burglary, according to police reports. In the first incident, Deputy Nathan Stephens said he took a report from Cindy Sullivan of Long Street in Newark who said her home had been broken into sometime between …

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  • What I want to be when I grow up

    Designated a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day was established to honor the hard-working men and women of America, and while many are wrapping up a three-day weekend today, students at Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary recently considered what they want to be when they grow …

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  • Dynamite found in outhouse

    A photograph of an ice chest sent to the State Police Bomb Squad Thursday confirmed Jimmy Moore’s suspicions: The contents were dynamite. Moore told Deputy Nathan Stephens he had been called by Francis Ellison, who lives at 1140 Big T Road, to come give his …

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  • Winging it!

    Don’t call them chicken. Thirteen people have made it to the finals in the first ever hot wing eating contest “The Bone Collector.” The winners will go on to the Grand Finale, set for 8 p.m. Saturday during the White River Water Carnival at Riverside …

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  • Batesville’s ‘Pete Whetstone’

    Charles Fenton Mercer “Fent” Noland was born on his father’s Virginia plantation in 1810. After being dismissed from West Point, Noland ventured west to Batesville in 1826. He studied law under James Woodson Bates, for whom the town was named, and entered politics. Noland was …

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  • Story time to return

    The Independence County Library will host a story time program for preschoolers beginning Wednesday. The event will be held at 10:30 Wednesday mornings through May and include activities in the children’s department at the library located at 368 E. Main St. in Batesville. For more …

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  • Prayer shawl group to meet

    BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crocheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. Williams also offers free knitting and crocheting lessons. Besides making prayer shawls, the group also makes …

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  • Mobley attends state meeting

    The need for natural gas refueling stations for vehicles in Arkansas was discussed at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices in Little Rock. Batesville area committee member and local architect Zack Mobley attended the meeting. The …

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  • Grace Communion offers clothing

    A community outreach clothing giveaway is held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. each second Saturday at Grace Communion Fellowship, located at 790 Allen Chapel Road. The church requests no vendors.

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