• 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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  • Prisoner accuses sister of taking truck, title

    Michael Meilke, 40, called the sheriff’s office from Atlanta on Wednesday and made a complaint of forgery. Meilke told Independence County Sheriff’s Cpl. Fred Friar he had been sentenced to federal prison in July 2011 and his father had power of attorney over his personal …

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  • Museum offers free optical illusion program to seniors

    A thaumatrope is a toy that became very popular during the 19th century, and in a free upcoming program seniors will learn about them, said Amanda Nikkel, Old Independence Regional Museum humanities educator. “It is a disk with a picture drawn on either side and …

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  • State logs coldest July on record

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Climatic Data Center says last month was the coldest July on record in Arkansas. Research shows that the statewide average temperature in July was 75.7 degrees. That breaks Arkansas’ previous record of 76.3 degrees, set in July 1967. It’s …

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  • Board to hear from architects

    The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the high school cafeteria. Agenda items include a report from Jackson Brown Palculict Architects concerning renovations of the Sulphur Rock Magnet gymnasium, recognitions, maintenance and transportation reports as well as three student transfer requests …

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  • Airport meeting set

    The Batesville Airport Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the airport conference room.

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