• Abigail Jean Conyers

    Brandon and Megan Hoskins Conyers of Everett, Wash., have announced the birth of a daughter on Oct. 24, 2009. The baby has been named Abigail Jean Conyers.
    Grandparents of the child are Dave and Candace Conyers of Shoreline, Wash., and Dave and Rhonda Hoskins of Sammamish, Wash.
    Great-grandparents are Wayne Simmons of Palestine, Texas, Wayne and Darlene Conyers of Granite Falls, Wash., and Bill and Wilma Hoskins of Bethesda.
    Great-great-grandparents are Virgil and Winnie Sisk of Ruddell Hill.

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  • Wyatt Anthony Crisman

    Rusty and Erika Crisman, Mathew and Dean have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 10, 2009. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 11.5 ounces and has been named Wyatt Anthony Crisman.

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  • Shelby Lei Halcom

    Jimmy Halcom Jr. and Brandi Lutner and Hannah of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Nov. 12, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4.6 ounces and has been named Shelby Lei Halcom.
    Grandparents of the child are Jim and Becky Halcom and Glen and Donna Lutner.
    Great-grandparents are Betty Galloway and Alma White.

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  • Weston Adam Hill

    Wesley and Amanda Hill, Emily and McKayla of Mountain View have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on Nov. 13, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and has been named Weston Adam Hill.
    Grandparents of the child are Raymond and Karen Hill and Randy and Theresa Farthing.
    Great-grandparents are Sue Sims and Anna Pearl Farthing.

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  • Jordan LeeAnn LaRose

    Chad and Julie LaRose and Jenna of Bono have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at St. Bernard’s Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro on Nov. 3, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and has been named Jordan LeeAnn LaRose.
    Grandparents of the child are Ron and Brenda LaRose and Dennis and Jeannie Whitener, all of Batesville.
    Great-grandparents are Donald and Esta Dacus and Gearline Whitener, all of Batesville.
    Great-great-grandmother is Ruby Carter of Buffalo, Mo.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    One at a time

    I enjoy learning as much as I possibly can about Arkansas and its citizens. This is the reason I volunteer for the Arkansas Gravestones Project. AGP’s mission is to capture and archive digital images of our ancestors’ gravestones. Sadly, as years pass by many of the headstones are becoming more and more difficult to read. It has been my personal experience that many of Arkansas’ cemeteries are abandoned, neglected, or endangered. 

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  • Optimism vs. Pessimism

    The sunny-side-uppers claim that a positive attitude is the secret to success. If only all the Eeyores of the world would start thinking more positively, we could cure disease, create world peace and line our pockets with riches.
    Yet the self-proclaimed realists assert that they’re the only ones are willing to face the facts. Leave life to the Pollyannas, and they’ll skip us off the edge of a cliff, clutching a copy of “The Secret” to their chest, passionately chanting, “I believe I can fly, I believe I can fly.”
    But which side is right?

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  • Guided hikes offered in northern Arkansas

    If you like hiking, but don’t know where to go, don’t like deciphering guidebooks, or don’t have someone to hike with, a new business called On and Off the Beaten Path offers tours to address those issues.
    The tours consist of guided hikes in the Ozark National Forest and Buffalo National River corridor in northern Arkansas. They are led by Daniel Knoll, Tracy White Buffalo-Nicholson and Nathan Metcalf, who together offer more than 50 years of combined wilderness experience.

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  • Lab asked to rule on farmer’s death

    Police say the death of a Magness man Sunday afternoon was probably from natural causes, but they are asking the state crime lab to determine the exact cause of death.
    The body of 58-year-old Denver Hightower of 27 Gleghorn Chapel Road was found slumped over his tractor by a neighbor, Catherine Griffith, around 5 p.m., according to Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar.
    Hightower was reportedly found slumped over between the flipped up tractor seat and the backhoe attachment and was unresponsive to police officers.

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  • Great American Smokeout gives smokers reason to quit

    LITTLE ROCK — Stamp Out Smoking encourages tobacco users to participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday.
    The event is a national cessation day held every year by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco and to help tobacco users quit, for at least one day, with the hope that they will quit for good, according to a news release.

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  • Single’s ministry to meet

    Matthew 6:33 single’s ministry will meet at 6:33 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank in George Rider Community Room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville.
    The event is open to all Christian singles age 21 and over. This will be a Thanksgiving potluck meeting (snack foods) followed by a short devotion and then game time.
    For more information, call group leaders Glen McKay at (870) 530-1044 or Rhonda McKay at (870) 761-8353.

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  • Nominations sought

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Arts Council is now seeking nominations for the 2010 Arkansas Living Treasure. Deadline for nominations is Dec. 11.
    The Arkansas Living Treasure designation is presented annually to recognize an Arkansan who is outstanding in the creation of a traditional craft and has significantly contributed to the preservation of the art form. Nominations of artists who work in traditional craft forms such as pottery, weaving, broom making, leatherworking, metalsmithing and wood carving are encouraged.

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