• Letters to the editor

    Hydro concerns

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  • When the Bible goes to school

    Fights over the Good Book in public schools have a long and ignoble history in the United States – from 19th century Bible Wars (when riots broke out over whose version of the Bible would be read in the morning) to current conflicts over Bible electives.
    Now three-in-one-month legal developments in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee add fuel to the fiery rhetoric from all sides about when the Bible should come through the schoolhouse door.

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  • Winter Gala postponed

    The Winter Gala scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of weather conditions, according to Executive Director of Main Street Batesville Paula Grimes.

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  • Man arrested for taking items

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Powhatan man was arrested after a witness saw him taking items from a storage shed Tuesday, said Capt. Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Louis Hoggard, 68, was charged in Lawrence County Circuit Court with breaking or entering, theft of property and criminal trespass.

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  • Habitat receives grant

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County has received a $3,000 Community Grant from the Walmart Foundation to help in building of Habitat’s second house in Independence County.

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  • Trash pickup delayed

    There will be no commercial or residential trash picked up in the city of Batesville today, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh announced this morning. The pickup will be postponed until Monday.

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  • Souper Bowl Saturday set

    The Batesville Area Arts Council is gearing up for its annual “Souper Bowl Saturday” fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 6.
    The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and feature for sale some of the best homemade soup from the great cooks of Batesville, according to a news release.
    The soup will be sold by the quart, $6, and the proceeds will go to support the Arts in Education program, the Batesville Community Theatre, and other programs offered by BAAC.

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  • Football stadium expected completed for new season

    CAVE CITY — Bidding for a new football stadium at Cave City High School is expected to take place early next month and the facility hopefully will be completed by Aug. 1, in time for the upcoming football season, patrons attending a public hearing concerning the district’s 2010 Master Plan were told last week.

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  • ‘Operation Newport’ takes seven into custody on cocaine charge

    LITTLE ROCK — Seven people were taken into custody Thursday on warrants following an indictment returned Jan. 6.
    The announcement was made by Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; Assistant Special Agent in Charge William J. Bryant with the Little Rock Field Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas.

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  • Fire destroys Newark homes; woman injured

    A woman crawling through the window of her burning home was assisted by a passing motorist Thursday afternoon and later transported to a Little Rock hospital for burns to most of her body, according to Newark Fire Chief James Langston.
    The woman’s identity is not certain at this time because of federal laws restricting release of information from medical records, according to Langston.
    The fire at 20 Macedonia Road was reported around 5 p.m. and Newark firefighters were on the scene with three trucks and a dozen firefighters until about 9 p.m., he said.

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  • Woman sentenced

    NEWPORT — It took a jury only 24 minutes to sentence a Hardy woman to 40 years in connection with an armed robbery at the Old River Package Store in Elgin.
    According to Prosecutor Henry Boyce, Tracie Lynn Snider, 37, of Hardy was tried in Jackson County Circuit Court before a jury of nine women and three men. In the two-day trial that concluded Wednesday, Snider was convicted of participating in the January 2009 robbery. She was represented by R.T. Starken of Hardy.

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  • Snow, sleet blanket area

    A year ago today thousands of people woke up without power.
    As of this morning history has yet to repeat itself.
    Les Frensley with Entergy Arkansas said this morning there have been no problems and not many outages reported after a winter storm moving east blew across Arkansas Thursday night.
    “We started out pretty well,” Frensley told the Guard.
    As of 9 a.m. crews were working to restore power to about five homes in the Cave City area, however there were no outages reported in Batesville.

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