• SWAT deployment prompts surrender

    Following alleged threats to kill “everyone in the back room” and then later all the members of the police SWAT team that showed up at his apartment Friday morning, a Batesville man is in jail facing several charges.
    Independence County Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Keener, Chris Toland and Brian Luetschwager responded to a 911 call at 1370 N. Heights around 9:30 a.m. when a woman called 911 saying her neighbor had threatened to kill people in his apartment.

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  • Professor to speak about Japan

    Dr. Jeffrey Alexander will speak at Lyon College as part of the Japan Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Derby Lecture Hall.
    Alexander is an assistant professor of Asian history at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, where he researches Japan’s industrial and technological growth since 1870. He received his doctorate in history from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. His recent book, “Japan’s Motorcycle Wars,” was co-published by UBC Press and the University of Hawaii Press in 2008.

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  • Wade, Taylor to wed

    Doyle and Ronda Wade of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kayla Wade, to Jarrad Taylor, son of Mike and Cynthia Taylor of Cave City and Alvin and Rhonda Mason of Rosie.
    The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Bethesda.
    A reception will follow at Bethesda Community Center.
    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Volunteers needed

     

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  • Comfort found in child’s words

    It’s usually normal to want one more day, one more conversation, one more chance to spend time with a loved one who’s passed away.
    Brooke and Keith Desserich of Ohio have hoped for all that and more since 6-year-old daughter Elena died of brain cancer.
    In some ways, they’re getting that with “Notes Left Behind” from the 6-year-old who loved to draw pictures and write notes.
    The story of Elena and the book, which her parents had only intended to put together so their youngest daughter could know about her big sister, aired Wednesday on NBC Today.

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  • Hospice has roots in Middle Ages

    When a cure for an illness is no longer possible, patients and their families have to make some of the hardest decisions they’ve ever faced.
    But there is a program that can help, and it’s offered to families regardless of their ability to pay: Hospice.
    Hospice has its roots in the Middle Ages when shelters called hospices were available to travelers who had nowhere else to stay. Today, hospice refers to a type of care focusing on terminally ill patients.

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  • Center hosts ‘Drive in with Dads, Movies with Mom’

    The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. will host a free “Drive in with Dads, Movies with Mom” at  6 p.m. on Monday.
    “Join us for this fun filled evening,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “We will be taking cardboard boxes and converting them into ‘cars’ for a drive in movie experience. We will then watch a short movie on the big screen.”
     “This event is for all ages, toddlers to teens love building with their families. Come make some memories with your child.”   

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  • Sanctuary to present program with live birds

    The World Bird Sanctuary will present “an experience of the senses” with its Raptor Awareness Program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus.
    The free event will feature hawks, owls, vultures and falcons, some flying just inches over the heads of the audience.
    “The program focuses on important topics such as conservation, respect for all living things, current issues facing raptors in the wild and how everyone can make environmentally responsible decisions,” a news release states.

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  • ‘Sampler’ offered in nut sale

    The Independence County Conservation District is now taking orders for its annual nut sale, according to a news release. The deadline for ordering is Thursday.
    One new item this year is the Conservation Sampler for $35.75. The sampler contains 8 pounds of nuts in one-pound bags. Pecan halves, cashews, honey peanuts, chocolate amaretto pecan, double dipped peanuts, chocolate almonds, chocolate raisins and walnut halves/pieces are included in the sampler.

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  • UACCB to host arts reception

    University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will present an art exhibit and poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Row Johns Library rotunda.
    The exhibition will feature  “Small Works on Paper Retro Works 1989 — 1997,” while the poetry reading will feature works from  a creative writing class, a news release states.
    Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit is sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council and The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

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  • Angels sought

    United Way has partnered with the Department of Human Services to assist in making 2009 a successful year for children in Independence County who may not have a very Merry Christmas, according to a press release.
    DHS will be taking applications until Nov. 10 at 100 Weaver Ave. in Batesville. 

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  • Bears hold memories

    Verena Herrin wanted a way to remember her mother, so she made a teddy bear from an old quilt. After Herrin’s husband, Thomas, of 37 years died in January 2008, she made a memory bear from one of his flannel shirts.
    Now, she’s become the first volunteer in the Arkansas Department of Health Hospice’s Memory Bear Program.
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    “I like to sew,” said Herrin, who has made everything from Halloween costumes, dolls and toys to the occasional curtains, pillows and purses. Herrin also enjoys cross-stitching and quilting but said she’s never learned to crochet or knit.

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