• Family & Friends Briefs

    Bake sales to be Saturday

    Two area churches will be sponsoring bake sales Saturday, and both will feature a wide variety of Easter desserts.
    Southside United Methodist Church will have a bake sale from 9 to 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.
    The church is located on Magnolia Street, off Highway 167 across from Southside schools.
    Also, Desha United Methodist Church will have a sale from noon to 4 p.m.
    The church is located at 145 Jamestown Road.

     

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  • Church begins internship

    Jubilee Family Church in Batesville has started an internship program, according to a news release.
    Jonathan Harrell comes to the church via the New Life Drama Company.  Harrell has traveled and ministered all over the country for the past three years with the drama company and has ministered in Batesville on multiple occasions before interning at Jubilee. 
    The son of Allen and Catherine Harrell, he grew up in Georgia and has eight siblings. 
    For more information, call the church office at (870) 793-9124.

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  • Special church services slated

    Some area churches are conducting special Easter services this week.
    • Cedar Grove United Methodist Church will celebrate Holy Week with a silent prayer and meditation service from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.
    The church will remain in darkness until Sunday morning, when Easter will be celebrated with a service at 9:30 a.m.
    An Easter egg hunt and celebration for children will follow.
    The church is located on Highway 87 West between Pleasant Plains and Floral.

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  • Meharg, Langle will recite vows

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Mr. and Mrs. Sherwin Meharg of Pleasant Plains have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Paige Meharg, to Brandon Langle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Langle of Batesville.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Margie Meharg and the late Herbert Meharg and Gary and Carolyn Wheeler, all of Pleasant Plains.
    She is a 2003 graduate of Midland High School and a 2007 graduate of Lyon College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
    She is a high school mathematics teacher at Southside High School.

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  • Calling government motors

    Ring. Ring.
    “Hello, the Department of Government-Backed GM Warranties, may I help you?”
    “Yes, my new GM car won’t start.”
    “Hold, please … Hello, the Department of the Electronic Ignition-Challenged, may I help you?”
    “I bought a new GM car. It won’t start.”
    “Does it start and stop or not start at all?”
    “It won’t start at all.”
    “Hold, please … Hello, the Department of New GM Cars that Start then Stop, may I help you?”

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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Mother shares story

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  • Area Briefs

    Historical society to discuss settlement of Batesville

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  • DWI, drug paraphernalia charges filed

    A minor accident with no injuries led to a Batesville woman’s arrest on multiple charges Saturday afternoon.
    Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan was dispatched to the rear-end accident at Sidney and Harrison streets around 5 p.m. and talked with Crystal Kimmerling, the driver whose car had been struck in the rear.

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  • UACCB meets need with program

    To compete in today’s highly technical and economically challenging world more and more adults are returning to school.
    The UACCB Adult Education Department provides opportunities to students that wish to further their education through GED programs, English as a second language class for non-English speakers, and job advancement or basic skills preparation for college enrollment.
    Longtime educator Dee Webb is the adult education instructor at one of UACCB’s newest sites this spring at the Bethesda Community Center.

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  • JPs contribute to historic home

    MELBOURNE — Justices of the peace Tuesday evening added to a growing fund to help move and restore the historic Trimble house, which some say is the oldest building in the state of Arkansas.
    Last month, the quorum court discussed a funding request, but it was tabled so the finance committee could meet and discuss it.
    JP James Elbert recommended the county donate $1,000 to the cabin project, and the justices approved it.

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  • Police force discussed

    Newark will soon add a second officer to its police force, but some wonder if the shifts are enough — especially when summer arrives.
    On Tuesday, Newark Mayor Rick Hendrix, Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers and the interlocal committee met in the sheriff’s office conference room to discuss the condition of its police force and the potential of selling a car to the county.

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  • Coroner’s body found in cemetery

    ASH FLAT — For the past several years, Randy McComas was the one to call to pronounce victims deceased.
    This time, his cousin Tim McComas had to do the job.
    Sharp County Coroner Randy McComas was found dead in his SUV Wednesday evening of an apparent suicide in a cemetery near his mother’s grave.
    He was 34.
    “I got a call just before 7 o’clock from Tim McComas,” Sheriff Dale Weaver said. “Tim, of course, is police chief at Ravenden. He is also a deputy sheriff, a cousin of Randy’s and is also a deputy coroner.

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