• Ayden Dwight Franks

    Adam Fitzsimmons and Reba Franks of Cushman have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Oct. 26, 2009. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and has been named Ayden Dwight Franks.
    Grandparents of the child are Kim Fitzsimmons, Billy Fitzsimmons, Danny and Kathy Neal and Lenord and Stephanie Sparks.
    Great-grandparents are Al and Darlene Pritchard, Gary and Freda Franks, Chuck and Gaye Green and Jimmy and Marlene Sparks.

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  • Painter coming to BAAC gallery

    The Batesville Area Arts Council will be providing an acrylic painting workshop with instructor Cathy Demko from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Batesville Area Arts Council gallery on Main Street, according to council director Colleen Jackson.
    “Cathy is an area artist currently featured in Who’s Who in America and juried the 2009 Arkansas Governors Mansion Engagement Calendar, publishing ‘Eagle Dancer,’” Jackson said.

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  • Church to host event

    DESHA — Desha First Baptist Church will host a fall festival and “trunk or treat” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
    There will be chili, hot dogs, chips and drinks, games with prizes, bounce houses, a hayride and a special visit from Rusty the puppet and Doc Spurlin.
    The event is free and open to the public.

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  • Folk center extends season

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center will kick off its extended season in the Craft Village on Sunday. The village will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many of the craft shops will be open, with crafters creating and selling their unique items.
    Starting Thursday, the craft village will be open to visitors from 10 to 4 Thursday through Saturday.
    Attendees may visit with the crafters and learn the history and challenges of creating quilts, knives, brooms, candles and many other useful and beautiful crafts, according to Melody K. Miller, office manager.

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  • AARP executive meeting set

    A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.
    This event is open to committee members and AARP members.

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  • Blanchard lists hours

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Although some visitor attractions close for the winter Blanchard Springs Caverns, which is operated by the U.S. Forest Service, stays open five days per week, Wednesdays through Sundays.
    This schedule begins the first full week of November and stays that way through March. Located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, Blanchard is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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  • Local couple to celebrate anniversary

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Max and Dinah Bishop of Hutchinson Mountain will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Saturday.
    They were married Oct. 31, 1969.
    They have three children and their spouses, Max Neal and Winnie Bishop, Kim and Lee Cartmill and Kristy and Davey Shockley; five grandchildren, Kendra Thomas, Kayla VanWinkle, Dustin Shockley, Haley Shockley and Ashley Bishop; and three great-grandchildren, Keely VanWinkle, Kaegen Thomas and Chase Bullard.

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  • 2 tornadoes reported plus more heavy rain

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Storms that passed through Arkansas on Thursday brought heavy rainfall and at least two tornadoes, but there were no reports of injuries.
    The National Weather Service said flash flooding was likely as a major storm dumps more rain on areas already soaked by weeks of record-setting precipitation. Forecasters say 5 to 7 inches of rain is expected in parts of central and southern Arkansas through today, with the heaviest rain on a line from Salem to Little Rock to Camden. Areas east and west of that boundary should see 3 to 5 inches of rain.

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  • First Amendment guarantees

    Every American is protected by the guarantees of the First Amendment, but protections for religious liberty and free expression apply only when government actions are involved — and therein is the rub for some of our fellow citizens.
    • A former Home Depot employee raised freedom of religion as a defense last week after he was fired for wearing a “One nation under God” button on his company apron. The worker says he was just showing his love of God and country, and showing support for his brother, who is about to begin a second National Guard tour of duty in Afghanistan.

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  • Surviving breast cancer

    Every yearly mammogram came back normal.
    She never felt a lump and no one in her family had ever been diagnosed with it.
    But in August 2008 Tamara Griffin heard what no one ever wants to hear. She had breast cancer.
    Griffin recognized something was wrong in June when her right breast became swollen. Thinking it might be a mild infection her doctor prescribed antibiotics.
    “After a couple of weeks it had gotten better,” she said, but there was a small knot and “Dr. (Clint G.) Melton was insistent on me having a mammogram.”

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  • Hometown ‘miracle’

    EVENING SHADE — Matt Melton knew he was getting to come home from Arkansas Children’s Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
    He just didn’t know he’d be coming home to more than 50 family, friends, neighbors and classmates waiting in his driveway.
    Stepping out of the burgundy Ford pickup, wearing a denim shirt, Wrangler jeans, boots and a black cowboy hat, 15-year-old Melton walked toward the crowd of people who had traveled by car, truck and school bus for the welcome home surprise complete with banners, balloons and cake.

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  • Station 3 now open

    It may be a building to house the city’s firefighting team, but Thursday afternoon’s grand opening of Fire Station No. 3 was really a victory for the citizens of Batesville.
    It was the citizens who passed the one-eighth sales tax in a November 2006 special election, and it is the citizens who are benefiting from a lower ISO fire rating, which needed both the new fire station and tower truck to be maintained.

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