• Mountains, Music & Motorcycles to be this weekend

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Music and motorcycles are returning to Mountain View this weekend for the annual Mountains, Music & Motorcycles extravaganza featuring biker games, a bike show and live music.
    Beginning at 7:30 tonight there will be a special music show at Cash’s White River Hoedown and then on Saturday, the entire court square will be designated as a motorcycle parking lot, along with biker and food vendors, biker games, and live music all day.
    Registration begins at 9 a.m. and a bike show begins at 10.

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  • Conservation program begins

    Ash Flat — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will begin continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30.
    To apply, individual producers, legal entities and Indian tribes will be encouraged to use a self-screening checklist first to determine whether the new program is suitable for them or their operation. The checklist is available on NRCS Web sites and at NRCS field offices. 

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  • BCT to hold ‘Aladdin’ auditions

    In conjunction with the Batesville School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Batesville Community Theatre will be holding open auditions for Disney’s “Aladdin” Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. 
    Roles up for grabs include the parts of Jasmine and Aladdin, the Sultan, Jafar, singing Genie, Iago and harem girls, as well as the magic carpet, Abu, guards, shopkeepers, narrators and princes.
    Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. at the Batesville School Auditorium located on Water Street with call backs set to begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 3.

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  • UACCB offers hunter’s ed

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education Division will offer a Hunter’s Education class Saturday and others on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, said Tina Paul, assistant to the chancellor.
    Each class will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Students will learn firearms safety, general woodsmanship and basic outdoors survival skills.

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  • Two admittedly ‘high on meth’

    A Calico Rock man and woman have been charged in a home burglary and damage to farm equipment in the Locust Grove area.
    Independence County Detective Rob Leonard identified the two as 30-year-old Travis L. Cagle and 18-year-old Shelby May.
    Leonard said that around 9 a.m. Tuesday, Cpl. Wayne Green with the sheriff’s office responded to a call of a man trying to get into the home of Shelly Swaim at 170 Loop Road.

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  • Schwan’s delivery truck lands in creek

     Two men escaped unharmed after their Schwan’s Ice Cream truck overturned into a rain-swollen ditch Thursday morning.
    The driver, Matthew Dale May, 24, of Jonesboro, and his passenger, 26-year-old James C. Brown of Magnolia, were both wearing seat belts and crawled from the cab of the truck unharmed, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Ronnie Qualls.

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  • Cowboy up Nixon, sister are back in the saddle

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — If your horse bucks you off, you get back on. That’s the cowboy creed.
    Dr. Bill Nixon lives by it. He was thrown from his horse four months ago in a rodeo competition, but he got back in the saddle and was riding again — as soon as the docs took off the body brace, that is.
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    Nixon has been rodeoing all his life.

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  • Report: Memphis to vacate Final Four season

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis will be forced to vacate the record 38 victories from its Final Four season of 2007-08, according to a report by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
    The newspaper, citing a source close to the situation, said on its Web site Wednesday night that the NCAA will release findings of its investigation into violations committed by the program today.
    The NCAA investigated whether someone took the SAT exam for a player on that Final Four team. Memphis was notified of potential violations in January and met with the NCAA in June.

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  • ICYAA swimmer wins Jr. Olympics gold, silver

    Jake Deskin, a sophomore at Batesville High, recently won gold and silver medals at the Amateur Athletics Union Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa.
    The 15-year-old teamed with Southwind Arkansas teammates Corey Scott, Dillon Davis and A.J. Stutts to win the 200-meter freestyle relay. The foursome also won silver medals in the 400- and 200-meter medley relays and the 400-meter freestyle relay.
    Deskin also won a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly, considered to be one of the toughest events for younger swimmers.

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  • Former Pioneer added to UofA football roster

    Former Batesville High Pioneer Price Holmes has been added to the Arkansas Razorback football roster.
    An all-state selection for the Pioneers last fall, and a 2-time all-district choice, Holmes walked on in Fayetteville and was officially added to the 105-member roster this week, according to Zack Higbee, a member of the University of Arkansas Media Relations Department.
    Walk-ons who make the team roster usually dress out for home games, but that is determined on a game-by-game basis, Higbee said.

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  • Batesville resumes classes

    Batesville School District students started classes Wednesday.
    Ted Hall is superintendent.
    The number of students enrolled last year was 2,623. There were 155 graduates with 88 percent of the class graduating. College attendance rate is 85 percent.
    The school district employs 573 people.
    There are 36 bus routes with 83 percent of students being transported.

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  • Blanchard Springs to discuss history

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release.
    Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff.
    This week’s topic is Arkansas history, and programs are:

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