• Portfest 5K scheduled

    NEWPORT — The Portfest 5K Walk and Run will be held Saturday at Arkansas State University in Newport. Individual registration starts at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 behind Walton Hall. Plaques will be awarded to the fastest male and female runner and …

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  • Willison talks ‘Common Core’

    The Batesville School District, like every other district in Arkansas and 44 other states and the District of Columbia, is charged with implementing the Common Core State Standards. We have chosen the book “Focus” by Dr. Mike Schmoker, as our blueprint. In his book, Schmoker …

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  • Kiwanis awards students

    The Batesville Kiwanis Club recently awarded college scholarships to three local Key Club members. They include: Devin England     Devin England, a senior at Southside High School, $1,000 Kimberly Moore Memorial Scholarship       Russ Hughes     Russ Hughes of Batesville High …

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  • Church awards scholarships

    DESHA — Desha First Baptist Church has awarded scholarships to four area high school graduates. Scholarships for $1,000 have been awarded to Justin Mohlke, a graduate of Batesville High School, and Jordan Hicks, Logan Brown and Gayla Brown, graduates of Southside High School. The Desha …

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  • Board to discuss new sign

    The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building, 955 Water St. Agenda items include discussion of the purchase of a new LED sign for the junior and high schools, food bids and student recognitions. Meetings are open to the …

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  • Newark offices closed Monday

    NEWARK — In honor of Memorial Day, a federal holiday, Newark’s business office will be closed Monday and no trash will be picked up Monday. Trash pickup will take place Tuesday and regular city hall hours will resume that day as well.

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  • Burn ban issued in Sharp Co.

    ASH FLAT — Sharp County Judge Larry Brown issued a burn ban this morning, effective immediately. The ban will remain in effect until Sharp County experiences significant rainfall, he said.

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  • ‘Ms. Kathy’ retires from education after 38 years

    By 3:30 p.m. on most school days the halls are quiet and the rooms are bare — a stark contrast to the morning and early afternoon hours when laughter and learning are all in day’s work for Eagle Mountain Magnet kindergarten teacher Kathy Varnell. And …

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  • Yelcot seeks parcel by new soccer field site

    The city of Batesville is selling a tiny parcel of the 52 acres it purchased for new soccer fields. Tuesday night Shawn Lane, representing Yelcot (an optical cable company), came before the city council with a request to purchase a 50-foot-by-50-foot parcel of land (or …

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  • Election day an early night for many

    Less than two hours after polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and with all votes in Independence County tallied and accounted for in the 2012 primary, it was a relatively early night for those county employees who in elections past have been no stranger to …

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  • Sharp Co. races tallied

    ASH FLAT — Ballots cast in Tuesday’s primary election totaled 1,671 among the 10,810 registered voters in Sharp County, according to unofficial results from the county clerk’s office. Early votes totaled 444 with 1,180 being cast on election day and 47 as absentee. Incumbent Doug …

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  • Unity Fest is this weekend

    Another item has been added to the seventh annual Unity Fest on the River live auction this weekend. Besides the 1922 Ford Model T, three Bad Boy Mowers, 1949 Dodge pickup and a restored camper, there will also be a 6,500-watt generator up for auction, …

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