• Driving tests canceled

    The Arkansas State Police will not be conducting any driving related tests in Batesville on Thursday.
    Testing will resume on a normal schedule on Dec. 8.

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  • Kids’ Christmas workshop set

    The Batesville Area Arts Council will sponsor a children’s workshop featuring mini-cookie house building from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The workshop will be held at the council’s art gallery at 246 Main St. For more information or to register a child, call (870) 793-3382.

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  • Lyon slates Honors Day

    Students will have the chance to earn scholarships at Lyon College’s third Honors Day Saturday at the campus.
    Open to students accepted at Lyon College and having either a 3.25 grade point average or better or an ACT composite score of 24 or better, Honors Day is a four-part competition that gives prospective students a chance to earn scholarship money including full tuition, room, board, fees and books. Participants are guaranteed an academic scholarship of no less than $6,500 per year.

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  • Oak Bluff to hold dinner, auction

    The residents of the Oak Bluff community will hold their Christmas fellowship meal and fund-raising activity at noon Saturday at the Oak Bluff Community Center, located at 380 Oak Bluff Road (off Highway 25).
    A free potluck will be served, and an auction will follow. All proceeds from donations and the auction will go to charity.
    The event is open to the public.

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  • Dessert theater scheduled

    NEWARK — Newark elementary will host a Holiday Spectacular Dessert Theater at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.
    First-, second- and third-graders will perform musical numbers and gifted/talented classes will perform commercials they have written for local businesses.
    Desserts and drinks will be served. A large piece of cake and drink will cost $5 and a cupcake and drink will cost $2. Purchasing tickets early for reserve seating is recommended. For more information or tickets call Carol Woods or Heidi Street at (870) 799-8691.

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  • Book premiere to be Thursday

    “The Polk Bayou Kids” and local author Mark Rorie will host a book premiere with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Elizabeth’s Restaurant.
    Rorie’s second book from the “Polk Bayou Kids” series is titled “The Secrets of the White River Monster.”
    Greyson Wyatt, Chase Baker, Luke Davis, Emma Langston and Kendra Kelley portray “The Polk Bayou Kids” in Rorie’s stories and will be at the premiere to sign books.
    A book reading will be held and refreshments will be served.

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  • Lyon plans Christmas activities

    Lyon College will host several Christmas activities in December.
    The Lyon Concert Band and soloist Josh Palmer will present a short holiday sing-a-long in the front of Brown Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday as the Christmas tree is lit. Hot cider will be served.
    The Lyon Concert Chorale and Batesville Choral Society will present “Christmas Memories” Dec. 11 in Brown Chapel.
    The Lyon College Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Joel Plaag, will perform holiday music and Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Brown Chapel.

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  • Library to host chili supper

    The Friends of the Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College will host a chili supper and silent auction from 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the library.
    The cost will be $3 for students and Friends of the Library members and $5 for adults. Children under 12 eat free.
    Some of the items that have been donated to the auction include:
    • handcrafted pottery by Becki and David Dahlstedt of Mountain View;
    • dinner for six hosted by Hope Spragins;
    • historic framed map donated by Donna and Carter Yeatman;

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  • Woman tells officer she was ‘texting’ while driving

    Sporting a wristband promoting having a designated driver while drinking, a 36-year-old Melbourne woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning, according to Deputy Chris Toland with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Toland said around 3 he saw a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix turn off Brewer Hill Road and head south on Highway 167 and noticed the car was being driven erratically.

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  • Rock ’n’ roll grew up in Jackson County

    Rock ’n’ roll music may have been born in Memphis, but it grew up in Jackson County’s clubs along Highway 67 — and there was a good reason, Henry Boyce of Newport told Rotarians on Monday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse.
    That reason was money.
    “Back in those days, Jackson County was the only wet county surrounded by dry counties, and also had illicit gambling, sort of tacitly allowed by authorities. You (an entertainer) could get $500 a night at the Silver Moon in Newport, Arkansas, when they might get $50 or $100 in Memphis,” Boyce said.

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  • Madrigal tickets available

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School Choir’s 15th Annual Ye Olde Christmasse Madrigal Feaste will be Dec. 11 and 12. 
    Seating, which is limited, begins nightly at 6:30 and dinner starts at 7 at the Southside Middle School Cafetorium, “which will be magically transformed into the South Castle,” a news release states.
    Dinner will include fresh fruit, French onion potage, beef tenderloin au jus, twice baked potatoes, green bean bundles, whole loaves of wheat bread, flaming dessert, iced tea and coffee. 

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  • Flu clinic scheduled

    Independence County is having a second flu clinic, but this time it will be at the health department — not the fairgrounds — and it will not be a drive-through clinic like at the fairgrounds, according to health unit administrator Sonia Nix.
    “We will be doing them here on December 18th from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. or until we run out of vaccine,” Nix said.
    The clinic will be a walk-in.

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