• Jonathon Creighton Crockett Jr.

    Jonathon and Amber Crockett, Braxton, Kaitlyn and Allyson of Evening Shade have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on March 19, 2009. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 2.1 ounces and has been named Jonathon Creighton Crockett Jr.
    Grandparents of the child are Bo and Michelle Crock, Brad and Sonia Crabtree and Lisa Crockett.
    Great-grandparents are Elewesse Burrus, Mike and Carol Franks, Ralph and Gloria Parsley, John Crockett, Lannie Crock and Jerry and Carolyn Nance.

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  • Zandrea Stacy Lee Cousins

    Earl and Beverly Cousins, Zaylee, Meagan, Jarrett and Ronnie of Floral have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on March 19, 2009. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and has been named Zandrea Stacy Lee Cousins. She is also the sister of the late Zachary Cousins.
    Grandparents of the child are Jimmy and Karen Thomas, Jimmy and Frances Gould and the late Roger Cousins.
    Great-grandparents are the late M.E. Thomas, the late Leta Lambert and the late Minerva Wilcox.

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  • Tall, tall trees

    One of the most magnificent sights in the world is the breathtaking redwood trees on California’s Redwood Highway.
    Equally breathtaking is the Pacific Coast Road, which in 1971 my wife, Wanda, and I, along with her family, drove on our quest to reach the next migrant workers’ paradise — The Dalles, Ore. We had been picking Bing cherries near Linden, Calif.

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  • Public invited to view NASCAR mural at BRTC

    POCAHONTAS — The history of NASCAR is featured in the form of a mural painted on the lobby walls of the Automotive Complex located on the campus of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.
    For nearly three months this past semester, Dr. Sandy Davis-Baltz, fine arts instructor at BRTC, and her Design I students spent a combined 352 hours creating the NASCAR mural, which will be open for public viewing next week.
    Davis-Baltz was asked to paint the wall as a class project for one of her studio groups.

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  • Wrong lane use leads to DWI arrest

    A Pleasant Plains man is facing several traffic charges following an alleged incident of driving in the wrong lane of traffic.
    Independence County Deputy Dale Jackson said he was dispatched to a possible drunk driver on Highway 167 north around 12:30 this morning and while en route encountered the vehicle, a red Ford Ranger pickup, sitting in the southbound lane.
    Jackson said he turned around to get behind the truck and as he was making a traffic stop, the truck was traveling south in the northbound lane of the highway.

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  • Gem, mineral club to discuss fossils

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — “Fossils: The Large, The Small and The Interesting,” a PowerPoint presentation by Heather Hoey, will be presented at 10 a.m. April 2 at the Spring River Gem & Mineral Club meeting at Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, president Paul Grindol said.

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  • Award-winning journalist: Seek out truth

    The power of words is an awesome power, according to Mike Masterson. Even the simplest words — “You are beautiful” or “I hate you” — can have a significant impact on others.
    They can also change lives.

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  • Unity Fest to be May 30

    Harmony, oneness, accord, consensus, unification — they all represent the ideals behind an upcoming event at Riverside Park in Batesville.
    The fourth annual Unity Fest on the River will be May 30, a benefit for John 3:16 Ministries, a spiritual boot camp for men with drug and alcohol addictions.
    “We named it (Unity Fest) because it’s all about bringing everybody together for one cause,” explained Bryan Tuggle, director of John 3:16.
    He said every year door prizes are given away, and this year’s prizes are the best yet:

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  • Concord school making progress

    CONCORD — The top administrator at Concord school is optimistic the district will be removed from the state’s fiscal distress list within a few months.
    Any district that is on the list for two years is subject to forced consolidation or annexation with adjoining districts.
    Concord was put on the list last April.
    “On June 30, the end of the fiscal year, they (state Department of Education officials) will look at how we end the year and evaluate where we’re at,” said Dr. Mike Davidson, superintendent.

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  • Weather threatens 3-day racing show

    LOCUST GROVE — By this afternoon, we should have a better idea about the weather-related status of the Mid-America Modified Championships.
    “We will wait until tomorrow afternoon. If we believe we can get in two of the three days, we will go,” Batesville Motor Speedway owner Mooney Starr said by telephone Tuesday night. “A lot depends on how much more rain we get tonight. Right now, I would say it looks like we might be able to get Thursday and Saturday night’s races in.”

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  • Pioneers battle back in windy Wynne

    WYNNE — The Batesville Pioneers survived the Wynne Yellowjackets and the wind here Tuesday afternoon, earning a split in a 5A-East District high school baseball doubleheader.
    The Yellowjackets jumped on the Pioneers early in the opener and cruised to an 8-1 victory.
    The Pioneers made the early moves, then stopped a couple of surges to win the nightcap 6-2.

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