• Godwins to mark 50th anniversary

                    J.T. and Sharon Godwin of Batesville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank in Batesville. Sharon Wadley and J.T. Godwin …

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  • BREAKING NEWS – Teacher/pastor charged with child porn

    Child porn charges have been filed today against a teacher who also is a preacher.

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  • Southside FBLA raises $5K to grant teen’s wish

    SOUTHSIDE — For 4 1/2 years students in Future Business Leaders of America at Southside High School have been raising money for someone they’ve never met. Southside FBLA members have been selling candy, discount cards and anything else to raise the $5,000 needed to be …

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  • Boyfriend gets 15 years for stabbing

    A man who stabbed his girlfriend multiple times, ran from the law and was later captured with three knives will get to spend several years cooling off in prison. Gavin Reese Lovrien was riding in a vehicle with his girlfriend when he began stabbing her …

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  • Native named runner-up for Ala. teacher of year

    A Batesville native has been named Alabama’s Alternate Teacher of the Year. Chris Payne, who teachers at Dothan High School, was one of four finalists for the 2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year award. Payne was named the state’s secondary education teacher of the year. …

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  • Bradley to celebrate 90th birthday

    Arlene Lance Bradley will celebrate her 90th birthday Sunday. She is a resident of Wood-Lawn Heights nursing home in Batesville, where she enjoys reading the Guard, talking with her friends and watching Wheel of Fortune. Bradley is originally from Cord. She was a homemaker for …

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  • Jennings Lane to be closed

    Spurlock Inc. will be closing Jennings Lane starting Monday, Batesville city officials have announced. “They will be placing sewer line across the street and are unsure how long it will take, due to depth and rock,” City Engineer Damon Johnson said. Based in Searcy, Spurlock …

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  • Prison terms set in FS meth case

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The final cases from a multistate drug investigation wrapped up this week when the final three defendants were sentenced to prison terms for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Phillip Knox was sentenced to 120 months in prison, Leslie Kaelin was sentenced to …

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  • Council to hear second reading of utility rate ordinance

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes the second reading of an ordinance to modify water and sewer rates, a resolution to apply for an Outdoor Recreation Grant from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, a …

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  • Senator to try for anti-gay marriage resolution

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state senator will try again to win passage of a resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. In May, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled the state gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Over …

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  • Churchyard murderer convicted

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Blytheville man whose body was found in a Blytheville churchyard. Prosecutors said Jimmy Northern of Blytheville was convicted Thursday in the 2012 death of 23-year-old Thomas Essig …

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  • Beebe proposes $6.3M for prison beds

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe’s office says it has found $6.3 million in the budget to fund up to 600 additional prison beds. Beebe’s office said Thursday that the additional funding will relieve some backup of state prisoners in county jails, assuming it …

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