• TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dies at 91

    LOS ANGELES — Carl Reiner remembers Sid Caesar as a great flame who drew comedy writer “moths” including Mel Brooks and Neil Simon to his side. The genius of 1950s TV comedy is illuminating television even today. Shows from “Saturday Night Live” to sitcoms owe …

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  • Exam results reflect continued growth in schools

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas students continue to make improvements on Advanced Placement exams. According to College Board, which released its 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation today, Arkansas public and private high school students took 13,933 exams in May 2013 that resulted in scores …

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  • Judges, prosecutors get pay raise

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House has passed a bill to fund salaries for the state’s elected officials, including a 1 percent raise for judges, prosecutors and constitutional officers. The raise does not extend to the lawmakers themselves. On a 78-12 vote Wednesday, the …

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  • Council has 2 vacancies

    The Batesville City Council has two immediate vacancies, as two aldermen have moved out of their wards and resigned. Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh announced that Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman Davy Insell has resigned, as he has moved out of the city limits. Insell …

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  • City to buy police dog

    The newest member of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office hails from Hungary. Tuesday night, Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill came before the Batesville City Council with Sir Edward, a police dog. Cockrill said his last dog died four months ago and asked the city about purchasing …

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  • Plans announced for Hog Bash; Coach Bielema to speak

    Hog Bash 2014 is set for March 6 in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesvillle campus, and football Coach Bret Bielema will be the featured speaker. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the Fred’s Fish House-catered dinner will begin …

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  • Sharp JPs amend tax ordinance

    ASH FLAT — An amendment to the 2013 levy of taxes ordinance was approved retroactively Monday by the Sharp County Quorum Court changing the timber tax from 15 cents to 20 cents per acre as per state law and changing the assessment in Ozark Acres …

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  • HSIC seeks teams for Trivia Game Night

    The Humane Society of Independence County will host its fourth annual Trivia Game Night fundraiser March 8 at the Fellowship Bible Church on Main Street in downtown Batesville. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and HSIC will be serving lasagna, garlic bread, salad, sodas/water, …

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  • Lyon prof studying body detoxification

    It’s no secret that we are exposed to a barrage of toxins in our environment. Our own metabolism generates toxins. But how does our body rid itself of these toxins? That is the question at the core of Dr. Tim Lindblom’s research. Lindblom, associate professor …

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  • Ozarka concurrent enrollment hits all-time high

    MELBOURNE — With the spring semester under way at Ozarka College, official numbers show online enrollment continues to remain strong, as well as concurrent enrollment, which are classes offered to area high school students. The number of high school students taking concurrent courses is at …

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  • S-Rock council has light agenda

    SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council will have its regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Monday in the city hall, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite. The agenda includes only the normal business of monthly reports and a review of current bills.

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  • Cushman reschedules trash

    CUSHMAN — Due to recent winter weather, Cushman trash pickup will be held Thursday, according to Mayor Jean Weatherford. Meanwhile, the Cushman City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in city hall to hear departmental reports and approve city bills. Meetings are open to …

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