• Family & Friends Briefs

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  • Couple will mark 65th anniversary

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — James and Betty Daniel, formerly of Batesville, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a private family gathering April 28 in Sunnyvale, Calif.
    Elizabeth Macalee Simpson and James Daniel were married in a private ceremony April 28, 1944, in Pontiac, Mich.

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  • Assault weapons ban

    Escalating violence in Mexico and border towns in the U.S. from the growing drug trade has increased a call to reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban against some semi-automatic and automatic weapons. The 1994 ban passed by Congress was allowed to expire under the last administration but after investigations proved that many of the guns being used in the recent drug wars originated from sales in the U.S. more groups began calling for Obama to make good on a campaign promise.

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  • Going to Pirate School

    It’s bad enough Obama has to juggle two wars while scrubbing the floor of the White House trying to clean up the domestic mess left by the previous tenant, but as soon as he looks out the door, what does he see. Pirates. That’s right. Pirates. And no, I’m not talking left-handed relievers from Pittsburgh or a limo full of Bernie Madoff wannabes or some Hong Kong cartel peddling bootleg copies of the “Watchmen” sequel. Actual bilge-sucking pirates. With guns and boats and rum and Davy Jones’ Locker and everything.

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  • How many me’s?

    There are 26 people in the United States named Andrea Bruner.
    That is according to HowManyOfMe.com, which states, “There are 306,212,373 people in the U.S. How many have your name?”
    So while there are 50,566 people named John Smith in the United States, 1,070 people named James Bond, 115 people named Harry Potter, 514 people named George Bush, and 39 named Johnny Cash — there are only about two dozen Andrea Bruners.

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  • Area Briefs

    Part of Harrison Street to close

    The north lane of Harrison Street in Batesville will be closed approximately four blocks on Thursday as work continues on the street widening project.
    Officials with the contract crews said the work should take about a day.

     

    Burglary, thefts reported

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  • Condemned house saga drawing to a close

    “Abatement of the nuisance is on its way.”
    That was the statement made by Batesville City Attorney Scott Stalker at last week’s city council meeting.
    He was referring to a house at 1089 Grace St. owned by Connie Blevins of Gravette.

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  • Southside to host fundraising walk

    With the belief that one day all babies will be born healthy, supporters of the March of Dimes organization will be hitting the pavement, rain or shine, Saturday.
    The Southside High School track will be host again to March for Babies, with a children’s carnival beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration is scheduled for 9, followed by team pictures at 9:30. Participants will begin walking at 10.

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  • Old-fashioned values

    For 53 years Jimmy Jackson couldn’t stand to be cooped up inside all day — he wanted to be in the fresh air and surrounded by nature.
    Thursday morning, he was doing just that when he died while working on a county chipping crew on Gainesboro Road.
    “He was a good husband, a good dad, and a good ‘Pa,’” said his wife of 35 years, Venita Perkey Jackson. “We were looking forward to spending our golden years together. It doesn’t seem real. I keep expecting him to walk inside that door.”

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  • Store owner escapes robber

    Except for the pistol in his hand and a stocking over his head, the man who walked through the front door of Midway Sales and Pawn Monday afternoon might have looked like any other customer.
    Store owner Johnnie Ralph Miller was at his Pleasant Plains business at 7615 Batesville Blvd. around 1:30 p.m. when he saw a red pickup truck pull up outside. He said a man dressed in a camouflage hooded coat, along with the nylon stocking, carrying a .22 caliber pistol and some wire, then walked in, according to a police report by Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown.

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  • Speaker to tell Roadrunners about training, eating right

    The White River Roadrunners will hear from a guest speaker on training and nutrition for runners and walkers at the club’s monthly meeting Tuesday, according to a news release.
    Jeff Callahan, a trainer who works with distance runners in Little Rock, will speak.
    The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Annex. Club members and visitors will meet an hour earlier at the annex for a run.

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  • CAC Mustangs edge Pioneers in eight innings

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Mitchell Powers pitched the eighth and sent an eighth-inning pitch over the left-center field boards here Friday in Burns Park to lift the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs over the Batesville Pioneers for a 6-5 victory in a nonconference high school baseball game.
    “We left nine runners on base; CAC left 10. It was a war of attrition,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We didn’t execute. We blew several sacrifice bunt attempts and we committed a key error in the fourth.”

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