• Frances Coleman

    ASH FLAT — Frances Grimes Coleman, 67, of Ash Flat died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at her home.
    Born Sept. 4, 1942, at Evening Shade, she was the daughter of Luther and Amie Farris Grimes. She was a homemaker and a member of Cherokee Village Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Mike Coleman of Park Hills, Mo.; a daughter, Teresa Gourley of Rogers; two grandchildren, Jeremy Coleman of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Amie Coleman of Park Hills; and two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Coleman and Dylan Coleman, both of Bonne Terre.
    She was preceded in death by her parents.

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  • Oal Ring

    CAVE CITY — Oal Ring, 94, of Cave City died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Terry Johnson and Dewey Ring officiating. Burial will be Monday in Sharpsville Cemetery in Sharpsville, Ind.
    Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City.
    Pallbearers will be John A. Way, Jeremy Greiner, Jim Hanson, Ricky Ring, Robert Ring, Gary Ring and Greg Nolen.

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  • Sexual harassment workshop planned

    A free workshop entitled “Sexual Harassment and the Three Second Rule” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at First Community Bank in Batesville with Carol Baker Dawson, an award -winning columnist and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity trainer and consultant.
    Sexual harassment complaints are on the rise across the U.S., according to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, adding that employers are consistently found guilty in the courts when managers and employees who harass or discriminate against employees have not been provided adequate EEO related training.

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  • Moffitt, Bailey wed

    Negril, Jamaica — Tina Moffitt and Ryan Bailey were united in marriage Dec. 14 on the beach in Negril, Jamaica.
    The bride is the daughter of Michael and Vicki Moffitt of Batesville. The groom is the son of Debora Bailey of Jonesboro and Terry and Jackie Bailey of Jonesboro.
    Honorary attendants were James and Cindy Frans of Jonesboro.
    The couple resides in Jonesboro.

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  • Unhappy New Year

    Good riddance to the aughts, naughts or ohs. By whatever name, the first decade of the 21st century has been devastating for religious liberty in much of the world.
    The statistics are numbing. According to a study released this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion people now live in countries with high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices.

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  • The Knight of Westford

    The Knight of Westford is a 6-foot-tall carving pecked into a standing rock near Westford, Mass. It is clearly a depiction of a Scottish knight in full armor, wearing helmet, mail and surcoat, holding a broken sword and bearing the crest of the 14th century Sinclairs, rulers of the Orkney Islands — it was identified as such by the curator of the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Cambridge University in England about 50 years ago.

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  • Cave City fire department history

    “In the fall of 1958, after a total loss fire to a resident’s new home in the north end of the city, a group of 32 citizens met in front of the American Legion building to see if there would be enough support to organize and maintain a volunteer fire department …,” according to a written history. “Yes, there was, and a fund-raising project was started. Many donations of $1, $2 and larger were given to help the city buy the first equipment.”

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  • Texting while driving, smoking target of ’10 laws

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Texting while driving, smoking in public and cooking with artery-clogging trans fats will be that much harder under a bevy of state laws set to take effect around the country on Friday.
    Faced with huge budget shortfalls and little extra money to throw around, state lawmakers exercised their (inexpensive) power to clamp down on impolite, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous behaviors in 2009.
    Even toy guns were targeted.

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  • Toy gun law, cigarette limit change Friday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The new year will bring new restrictions on the sale of toy guns in Arkansas, but two of the nation’s largest retailers say it’s a ban they’ve already been following.
    Starting Friday, a state law takes effect banning the sale of realistic-looking toy guns. Lawmakers earlier this year approved the restriction, which says that stores can only sell toy guns if they include an orange tip at the barrel or are colored differently than real firearms.

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  • Volunteer Fire Department of the Year barely pauses for its 50th anniversary

    CAVE CITY — Firefighters at Cave City are looking backward and forward — backward to commemorate the fire department’s founding 50 years ago, and forward to making its new mobile command center as good as it can be, as well as completing renovations to the old John’s Station building that will house new offices, work bays and a fitness training room.
    The department has been working so hard on the new projects it didn’t schedule an open house or other celebration upon reaching the 50-year mark.

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  • Panthers shoot by Pioneers

    HARRISON — The Bergman Panthers shot past the Batesville Pioneers in the second half here Tuesday night while posting a 61-52 victory in the consolation semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic at Harrison High School’s Spook House.
    The Panthers scored the first seven points of the second half, overcoming a 26-22 halftime deficit, and never trailed again.
    Bergman’s Matthew Bruce scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Trevor Honeycutt added 16. Marcus Montgomery and Kendall Ruff tallied 10 apiece.

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  • Arkansas State routs CBC

    JONESBORO (AP) — Brandon Reed scored 14 points and Trey Finn finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds as Arkansas State defeated Central Baptist 98-60 Tuesday night.
    Four other players scored in double figures for the Red Wolves (6-5). Jeremy Thomas and Brandon Peterson had 13 apiece while Adam Sterrenberg and Martavius Adams each added 12. Coach John Brady won his 300th career game.
    Ryan Barnes scored 16 points to lead the Mustangs (9-7). Batesville graduate Michael Holder and Cedar Ridge graduate Brady Batson added six points each.

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