• Pageant registration announced

    Registration for Batesville pageants hosted by the White River Pageant Association will be from 2-4 p.m.  July 29 at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, according to a news release. Contestants may practice walking on stage during …

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  • State employees chapter to meet

    The Independence County chapter of the Arkansas State Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the China King restaurant, 1238 N. St. Louis St., in Batesville. The program will be “A Cure for What Ails You” and will feature a representative from ComPsych …

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  • Cancer program set

    White River Medical Center will host “Decreasing your medical risks,” a free community health education program at noon Tuesday. Dr. Greg Neaville will present the program at the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging in conference room B. Lunch will be provided.

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  • Maple Springs holds VBS

    ROSIE — Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. July 9 through 13. The theme is “Bug Zone — Transformed by Our Big God!” The church is located at 4225 Newport Road in Rosie. For a ride …

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  • Hutchins wins award

    Kaleena Hutchins, a former Lyon College student,  was one of five young harmonicists in the United States chosen to receive the William Rosebush Youth Harmonica Award, according to a news release. Winners of the award will perform in Dallas  for the annual convention of the …

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  • Sharp JPs to hear ordinance

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the Sharp County Courthouse to handle a couple of items of old business, said County Judge Larry Brown. The court will consider a proposed ordinance, tabled last month, concerning the district …

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  • Quorum court meets tonight

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the Jess B. Carpenter building. An agenda will include a handout concerning a liquor tax on the general election ballot, fire department sales tax ballot information and approval of a city and county interlocal …

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  • Fire destroys truck, trailer, hay

    Fire from an undetermined source destroyed a pickup truck, flatbed trailer and its load of hay Thursday afternoon, according to Marty Melton with the Newark Volunteer Fire Department. Melton said Chad Smart was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with about two dozen hay bales when …

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  • Church sets Rock This House for Aug. 24-25

    ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Church of Christ is making plans to once again Rock This House during its annual women’s conference Aug. 24 and 25. The fourth annual, two-day event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 25 …

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  • Volunteer uses art to provide comfort

    Sitting on a bench in the breezeway at White River Medical Center, hospital volunteer James Boyett stares at the paper on his lap with great concentration and delicately sketches different shades of black and gray with his pencil. Although drawing is a lifelong passion of …

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  • Medical bill to seniors may be scam

    The design and wording of a recent $1,125 medical bill to a Batesville senior citizen from Penn Medicine of Philadelphia, Pa. looked very authentic. An account number in her name, along with a physician’s name and a list of services rendered, including immunocytochemistry (a laboratory …

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  • Driver charged with DWI before noon

    Stopped for reckless driving and speeding around 11:30 Monday morning, Hector Santizo, 31, of Batesville reportedly registered a blood-alcohol concentration of .20 percent during a breath test at the Independence County jail. The legal limit in Arkansas is .08 percent. Independence County Deputy Wayne Green …

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