• County judge bills public defender for $36,000

    Independence County has sent public defender Beverly Claunch a bill for more than $36,000, saying Claunch has charged the county for personnel that was never authorized. In Monday night’s Independence County Quorum Court meeting, Judge Robert Griffin told the court there is no contract with …

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  • City offered Batesville Country Club for $2.2M

    Stockholders of the now defunct Batesville Country Club want the city to take the 72-acre facility of their hands. Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the city council that the stockholders have approached him about the possible sale of the property, located right in the …

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  • Antique/craft fest planned

    The annual Batesville Autumn Antique and Crafts Festival celebrates its fourth anniversary with a new name and a new addition to its offerings. The new Autumn Antique, Arts and Crafts Show will kick off Oct. 12, with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Batesville …

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  • Business boot camp offered

    The Independence County Entrepreneurship Boot Camp will be offered once again, beginning Oct. 11. The camp is for anyone wishing to start a business and will include six nights of training and business plan development led by successful area business people, economic development specialists sand …

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  • Student expelled

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board met in special session Sept. 6 to approve Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb’s recommendation to expel a 14-year-old boy for the remainder of the school year for being caught Aug. 23 for possessing and using marijuana. The board also …

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  • Clinic to host after hours

    The Batesville Christian Health Center will host “business after hours” from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at its future site located at 750 Lawrence St. The CHC’s mission is to provide medical services to uninsured adults. Its goal is to offer comprehensive care by not only providing …

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  • Civil War speaker to discuss battle near Newark

    The Batesville Area Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rider Room, First Community Bank, St. Louis and Harrison streets, Batesville. The program will be on the skirmish at Paraquet Bluff in 1862. Located in Independence County east of Newark, …

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  • GAP to meet

    The Batesville School District’s Grandparents As Parents group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the resource room of the Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St. This meeting is for any relative who is helping raise a child in their care. Refreshments will …

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  • Panel to meet for school election

    The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the courthouse basement to count votes from the school election. The commission will meet again at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at the county clerk’s office to certify the election.

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  • Performing arts series begins Oct. 2

    Area residents will again have the chance to see a variety of entertaining performances without traveling to a bigger city, thanks to a performing arts partnership between the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and First Community Bank. The performing arts partnership was forged …

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  • Parks to close for season

    HEBER SPRINGS — Many Greers Ferry Lake parks will end services Monday for the season. Due to low lake levels, some of the boat ramps are closed until enough rain is received to reopen them. Recreation information may be found at www.swl.usace.army.mil.

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  • Girl Scouts begin 100th season

    Girl Scouts is beginning its 100th fall season of scouting. Girl Scouting is open to girls grades kindergarten through 12th grade and qualified adult volunteers of any age. Through scouting, girls learn important life skills, create lasting memories and forge a strong sisterhood with their …

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