• Chamber seeks nominations

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce board is seeking nominations for board membership.
    The nominee must be from an organization that is currently a member of the chamber and must be willing to exert effort and time in developing the chamber to its fullest potential, said Crystal Johnson, chamber president and CEO.
    Time commitments include activities such as monthly board meetings held at 7 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and participation at other events including business after hours, ribbon cutting ceremonies and grand openings.

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  • Newport man dies in crash

    A 69-year-old Newport man died in a one vehicle crash around 4:40 Wednesday afternoon on Highway 224 at Garfield Street, Newport Patrolman Chris McClellan said.
    According to McClellan, Donald G. Davis was traveling west on Highway 224 near Garland St. when he ran off the left side of the road and went into a ditch. Davis’ 2000 Oldsmobile then rolled twice and came to rest at the intersection of Garfield and Highway 224.
    Weather conditions were clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the accident, but Davis was not wearing his seat belt, McClellan said.

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  • Volunteer meeting slated

    The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its next quarterly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Batesville Area Arts Council, 246 E. Main St. Lunch is brown bag.
    Guest speaker Bonnie Johnson, attorney with Williams & Anderson PLC, will give a program entitled “Legal Issues Facing Volunteer Programs.”
    The meeting is open to volunteer coordinators and anyone who is interested in volunteerism and volunteer management. The group is focused on offering opportunities for networking and sharing ideas for successful volunteer engagement, organizers said.

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  • Son honors late Norman Dozier

    Merle Travis Guitar Thumbpicking Style national champion Danny Dozier of Batesville dedicated his award, won earlier this year, to his father, the late Norman Dozier.
    “When Danny was 11 years old, he told his Daddy he wanted a guitar. Norman bought him a small amp and guitar, and told him if he really wanted to learn to play he would have to practice, practice … Every night, if it was 8 o’clock or 1 o’clock (in the morning), you could hear him playing before he went to bed,” Danny’s mother, Rose Kealer Dozier, said. “Danny gives his Daddy credit for all.”

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  • $450,000 awarded — New fire training facility to be built at UACCB

    Independence County has been awarded nearly a half million dollars to move the fire training center.
    Plans are to use the $450,000 grant to move the White River Firefighters Training Center to the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

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  • 100 New Jobs — Mabry: DHS call center will be first, only in state

    Batesville has been selected to receive a call center that will bring 100 jobs.
    Ed Mabry, director of the Independence County Economic Development Commission, and Gov. Mike Beebe made the announcement this morning. The processing and call center will be for the Department of Human Services and people from all over the state can call and get processed for DHS services. This, Mabry told the Guard, would save on walk-ins.

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