• Principal touts success to junior high’s quality

    Batesville Junior High School is having another banner year. Our academics and extra-curricular activities are second to none. Our parental support is superb and our staff is top notch. Of course, our academic record speaks for itself. This year over 70 BJHS students will be …

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  • Honor Roll – Southside Elementary

    SOUTHSIDE — The fourth-graders listed below made the honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2013-14 school year at Southside Elementary School, according to a news release: Fourth: all A’s — Alex Allen, Sarah Barber, Kyler Bartsch, Jonathan Calhoun, Macy Crider, Lexie Dale, …

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  • Local residents named to Dean’s List

    SEARCY — Three Batesville residents were recently among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the Dean’s List for grades achieved during the fall 2013 semester. They include Briley Burdin, Shelby Ward and Kaitlin Whiteside, all seniors. The Dean’s List is published each semester …

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  • A Glance at Days Gone By

    Yeager Cemetery, Needmore This scenic, peaceful setting, Yeager Cemetery at Needmore in Izard County near the Sharp-Izard county line, is the resting place of numerous Crofts and related families. The back of the church can be seen in the background in this photo taken seven …

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  • Couple donates $10K to Ozarka College capital campaign

    MELBOURNE — Dr. Dennis and Christy Rittle of Melbourne have committed $10,000 to the Ozarka College Student Services Center Capital Campaign. “This donation, which Christy and I have made to the Student Services Center, is foundational to who we are as a philanthropic family,” said …

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  • Former elected official’s case continued 14 times

    Just how much longer a 2012 drunk driving case can be continued in district court is the question.   So far, attorney Jill Blankenship has been instrumental in keeping her daddy out of jail. That could change come Feb. 19. Local attorney Leroy Blankenship, 75, …

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  • Lawyer subject of audit

    A former public defender may need to defend herself. An investigational audit into the public defender’s office has found the previous public defender, Beverly Claunch, and one of her deputies received additional pay, that Claunch charged counties double the rent on a building she owned, …

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  • Toy confiscated after driver found with drugs

    What do parking on abandoned property, a plush toy containing drugs and a hand-rolled cigarette behind the ear have in common? They all add up to three felonies. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Moody said he was sitting at the intersection of North Charlotte Road …

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  • Fingerprinting fundraiser set

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside middle and junior high schools will host a child-safety fingerprinting fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 E. College St. in Batesville with part of the proceeds to benefit the Southside archery program. Electronic fingerprinting …

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  • Midland board hires firm for superintendent search

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School Board in a special meeting Tuesday voted to hire the Iowa-based McPherson and Jacobson firm to conduct its search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Dean Stanley on Jan. 20 announced his plans for retirement at the end of the …

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  • School employee releases first book

    SOUTHSIDE — Cafeteria lady by day. Children’s author in between. For Evelyn Young, a lifelong dream was fulfilled in writing her first children’s book. A food service employee at Southside Elementary for five years, Young has always enjoyed writing and will soon have two more …

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  • Some polling sites may close

    Independence County Election Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at the county courthouse in downtown Batesville to discuss polling site consolidation for the 2014 elections.

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