• Rounds, Lowtharp to solemnize vows

    Sarah Michelle Rounds and Thomas Kyle Lowtharp have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.
    The bride-elect is the daughter of David and Debbie Rounds of Pocahontas and Tammie Martin of Batesville. She is the granddaughter of Charles and Bertha Rounds and Marie Martin, all of Batesville.
    She is a 2006 graduate of Pocahontas High School. She is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing and plans to graduate in May 2010. She is employed at St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro.

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  • Deeter, Wright slate wedding for July 4th

    LYNN — Mr. and Mrs. Bill Deeter of Lynn have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Deeter, to Brandon Keith Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Wright of Strawberry.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jeffery of Melbourne and Lorene Deeter of Lynn and the late Lowell Deeter.
    She was the 2007 valedictorian of Hillcrest High School in Strawberry. She will attend the Pharmacy School Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock this fall.

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  • TLC needs a reality check

    There is always an aura of unreality that surrounds “reality shows,” but nowhere is that more apparent than on TLC’s expanding cable network, which features shows such as “Jon and Kate Plus 8” and “18 Kids and Counting.”
    The world is careening toward a climate disaster; an international food crisis looms on the horizon; and scarcity of fresh water, oil, and other resources are dampening future economic growth prospects, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 18 children are doing just fine, thank you.

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  • Relationship priorities

    This is for you “baby daddies” out there — for you and for those who know and love a man who has become a “baby daddy.” It’s Father’s Day, after all, and being a “baby daddy” seems to be a growing form of fatherhood. For those who don’t know the term, it describes a man who fathers a child when neither he nor the mother intends to marry or even stay together.
    I understand the cultural changes behind becoming a baby daddy. Some of them are positive changes.

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  • Area Briefs

    Car wash to be Saturday

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Optimist Club will be sponsoring a free car wash 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Hawgs Exxon in Batesville.
    Donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go for the youth programs the club sponsors for the local community.

     

    Church offers reading program

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  • Searcy man arrested in Pleasant Plains burglary

    Clocked by police radar at 115 miles per hour, a Searcy man was arrested for burglary at a Pleasant Plains store Wednesday afternoon. He was later listed as the suspect in a residential burglary in the same area, according to local authorities.
    Michael W. Boozer, 36, who has an address of 512 Crain Drive in Searcy, was arrested after a burglary and theft was reported at the Corner Store just before 2 p.m. in which the suspect fled north in a Chevrolet Blazer, and followed by a store employee, Luke Nicholson.

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  • Odyssey team competes at world finals at Iowa State

    Seven middle-school students from Eagle Mountain Magnet have spent much of their free time over the past several months working on a skit based on “The Wizard of Oz” and the work has paid off.
    The Odyssey of the Mind team placed first at state competition, then went on to place 21st in its category at the 2009 World Finals held May 27-30 at Iowa State University.

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  • Four arrested during search

    Four people were arrested, including a woman hiding under a pile of clothes in a closet, Tuesday evening on drug and gun charges following a probation home visit.
    Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said around 3 p.m. he and Cpl. Wayne Green assisted probation officer Jimmy Moore in conducting a residential visit at the home of 18-year-old Kalob West at 225 Community Drive.
    West was given a portable breath test and reportedly registered .008 per cent, but West claimed he had not been drinking, but had just brushed his teeth, according to Friar.

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  • Date set to ‘buckle up’

    LITTLE ROCK — Beginning June 30, Arkansas’ seat belt law changes to permit a law enforcement traffic stop based on the primary violation of a motor vehicle driver or front-seat passenger who is not buckled-up. Arkansas becomes the 27th state to enact primary seat belt legislation.
    Presently Arkansas law enforcement officers may only cite a seat belt violation as a secondary offense. In other words, the traffic stop has to be initiated based on a separate primary violation such as speeding, failure to yield or driving while intoxicated.

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  • Death of Locust Grove man believed natural

    Foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a Locust Grove man whose body was found in his home by a neighbor Thursday afternoon, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Bittle.
    However, due to a possible history of family violence the body of 52-year-old Billy Williamson, of 770 Mountain View Road, is being sent to the state crime lab for exact cause of death, Bittle said.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Friday
    American Legion baseball: George Kell Wooden Bat Classic in Newport — Batesville vs. Dunklin County, Mo., 8 p.m. 
    Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8

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  • Forecast favors BMS racing

    LOCUST GROVE — Rain washed out points racing last week at Batesville Motor Speedway, but the forecast looks favorable for racing Friday night.
    Andy Carpenter (factory stock), Joe Payne (street stock), Ronnie Jones (front-wheel drive), Brandon Smith (modified), Joe Forman (economy modified) and Jason Wilkey (NeSmith Late Models) are the current points leaders.
    Friday’s grandstand tickets are buy one ($10), get one free. Fans 11 and younger are admitted free.
    For more information, visit www.bms-ar.com or call (870) 251-0011.

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