• Chamber music to be performed

    The Batesville Community Orchestra will present a spring program of chamber music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The varied program will include works of Bach, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Milhaud. Area …

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  • Johnston to celebrate 85th birthday

    Betty Johnston   Betty Johnston will celebrate her 85th birthday with a reception at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center in Batesville. All friends and family are invited to attend. She requests no gifts.

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  • Dockins is hired

    Waynna Dockins The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville welcomed Waynna Dockins last month as a new member of its financial operations team. She was hired as controller in the business office and began in early March. Dockins brings more than 14 years of …

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  • Hickory or pecan? Sweet or hot? Injection or marinade? Barbecue to take center stage at Riverside Park May 4-5

    It’ll be “Smokin’ on the White” May 4 and 5, as professional teams gather at Riverside Park in Batesville for the second annual barbecue competition. Smokin’ on the White is an Arkansas Memphis Style Barbecue State Championship contest, meaning it is sanctioned by the Memphis …

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  • Investigation of break-in finds 2 asleep on floor

    While investigating the possible break-in of a mobile home in west Batesville Thursday afternoon, Independence County Deputy Anthony Carter said he found two people asleep on the floor of a bedroom. Carter said he was dispatched to the mobile home on Ferrell Street after the …

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  • Luxury apartments set to open in June

    There’s just not enough rental property in Batesville. It’s a problem that licensed general contractor Brandon Holmes has dealt with for years, but he’s got some big plans for his property located on Harrison Street (Highway 69) near Moorefield. The Batesville Landing will be a …

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  • Bulletproof vests OK’d

    Bulletproof vests have to be replaced every five years, and now the sheriff’s department has asked to buy 15 new ones. Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery told the quorum court at Monday night’s meeting that the Kevlar vests have a five-year warranty, noting “Sweat breaks …

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  • Two arrested following fight

    MELBOURNE — Two people allegedly involved in a fight in the parking lot of a Calico Rock apartment were later arrested, according to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawerence. He said deputies responded to the fight but learned that two of the individuals …

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  • Upcoming Civil War re-enactment to be discussed

    The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests. Vice president Mark Mobley will discuss the upcoming re-enactment of the Union occupation of Batesville 150 years ago. He will …

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  • Lyon slates orientation day

    The second Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) day will be Saturday during the 33rd annual Arkansas Scottish Festival. A third SOAR event is scheduled for June 1. SOAR participants will get to know their faculty advisers, select and pre-register for their first semester of …

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  • Cash, jewelry, antiques taken in burglary

    A Thursday night burglary at Arkansas Antiques, adjacent to the Batesville Regional Airport on Highway 167 South, netted thieves $200 in cash, along with jewelry and collectable items valued at approximately $1,545, according to Deputy Phillip Pickett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Pickett said …

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  • Man arrested in forgery theft case

    Kalvan Spivey Accused of using a stolen and forged check to buy a Jeep that was later wrecked, a Desha man is facing felony charges, according to Investigator Michael Thatch with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Thatch said that around 3:40 p.m. March 22 Deputy …

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