• Diabetes support group to meet

    The diabetes support group sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences North Central will meet at noon Thursday at Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The speaker will be Dr. Mark Davis, who will discuss vision health related to diabetes. The meeting is free …

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  • District fair axes pageants

    MELBOURNE — North Central Arkansas District Fair officials have made the decision to cancel all district fair beauty pageants and the youth talent contest this year, according to a news release. Independence County is part of the northcentral district. “This cancellation is due to the …

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  • Ask A Master Gardener: Mildew on crape myrtles, indoor plant lighting, taking soil samples, blue smoke trees

    I have something white on my crape myrtles. It looks kind of like powder. What is it and will it hurt my plants? The substance is most likely powdery mildew. It forms whitish spots on the surface of the leaf, causing interference with the plants …

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  • Thousands of school supplies, hundreds of shoes collected

    Confidence for a child may come in the form of a new backpack or pair of shoes. For parents unable to afford them, it could mean struggling to find a way to pay. First came the collecting, then came the distributing, but for Deanna Green, …

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  • Felon gets 60 years for kidnapping

    It’s the reason many people are afraid to answer their door to a stranger. Last October a woman answered her door to an unknown man and was then kidnapped and assaulted. The crime shocked the community and on Thursday Jeremiah Thomas Childers was sentenced in …

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  • Annexation opposition to meet

    SOUTHSIDE — A group has been formed opposing the city of Batesville’s proposal to annex an area south of the White River. The Keep Southside Free from Annexation group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Family Life Center at Allen Chapel Free Will …

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  • Woman flashes motorists, but not with headlights

    When an officer asked if she had anything illegal on her, Elizabeth Pena’s response was to flash motorists — and not with a vehicle’s headlamps. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Bobby Woods said in a police report he was dispatched Wednesday to an area beside B&R …

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  • School fires employee for wage garnishments

    An employee of the Batesville School District was fired Thursday for debts and creditors she cannot pay. In a public hearing requested by Lisa Meaders, custodian at the district since October 2013, the Batesville School Board voted unanimously to terminate Meaders’ contract on the basis …

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  • Body Fit opens in former Batesville Athletic Club

    It’s a life-changing atmosphere inside Body Fit Gym, according to owner and trainer, Melody Lopez, who along with her husband, Gilbert, also an instructor, have a passion for changing lives. Body Fit Gym recently moved to 3425 Harrison St. The phone number is (870) 569-9852. …

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  • Tail light infraction leads to drugs

    A broken tail light is probable cause for police to stop you for a chat. How the conversation goes from there depends on whether or not you have drugs or a drunk person in your car. Pamela A. Hammer, 45, of Batesville learned this first …

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  • Medical marijuana item certified for 2016 ballot

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas attorney general’s office has approved the wording of an item for the 2016 ballot that would legalize use of medical marijuana. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the proposal meets state requirements to enable the sponsoring group, Arkansans …

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  • Event to raise money for disabled, ill hunters

    MELBOURNE — The second annual fish dinner and auction fundraiser for Dream Catcher Outdoor Adventures will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne. Doors open at 6. Dream Catcher Outdoor Adventures is a nonprofit organization that helps disabled and/or terminally …

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