• Terry Hutchison

    Terry Lynn “Big Terry” Hutchison, 47, of Batesville, formerly of Cave City, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in a Mountain Home nursing home.
    He was born May 10, 1962, at Oklahoma City. He was a truck driver and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

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  • Jon Hendrix Jr.

    WEST PLAINS, Mo. — Jon Dale Hendrix Jr., 42, of West Plains, Mo., formerly of Batesville, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in a West Plains hospital.
    Born Aug. 4, 1967, at Osceola, he was the son of Jon Dale and Lena Jo Fikes Hendrix. He married Bridgette Taylor on July 15, 2004, at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army, and was a paramedic. He had attended First Assembly Church at Evening Shade.

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  • Johnny Johnson

    CONCORD — John Benson “Johnny” Johnson, 92, of Concord, formerly of Cave City, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, in a Batesville nursing home.
    Born June 17, 1917, in Dade County, Mo., he was the son of John Hanson Johnson and Verna Josephine Frinkle Johnson. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 70th Tank Battalion in World War II. He received the Silver Star and the Oak Leaf Cluster, signifying the second award for gallantry in action.

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  • Man calls jail staff wants to be arrested

    An accident victim who allegedly called the cops to come arrest him got his wish early Wednesday morning.
    Independence County Deputy Colby Markum said he was dispatched to the wreck in front of the Newark Town and Country grocery store around 1:15 a.m.
    “While en route to the accident, the county jail advised me over the radio that the subject in the accident had called the jail and advised he was intoxicated and wanted the police to hurry up and get him so he could go to jail,” Markum said.

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  • Entergy Arkansas prepares for blast of winter weather

    Entergy Arkansas Inc. is preparing for the possibility of power outages over the next couple of days that could be caused by accumulation of ice and snow on power lines, utility poles and tree limbs, according to a news release.

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  • Stamp Out Smoking hosting drama contest

    LITTLE ROCK — Stamp Out Smoking, the educational outreach media campaign for the Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, will host the seventh annual tobacco-free drama contest.
    Titled “The Big Pitch,” the contest will give students across Arkansas the chance to write and star in their own television spot highlighting the dangers of tobacco.

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  • Snyder, Richardson solemnize vows

    CAVE CITY — Bethany Nicole Snyder and Eric Merl Richardson were united in marriage in a double ring candlelight ceremony on Jan. 1 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.
    Nathan Rogers officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenny and Penny Snyder of Cave City. She is the granddaughter of Margie Snyder and the late Barney Snyder and O.C. Mullen and the late Jo Mullen of Cave City.

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  • Dreaming of Springtime

    During the recent near-zero weather and its followup, the still dang cold weather, my mind turned to gardening. Not that I want to plant a garden — I just want to think about planting a garden by selecting the varieties of vegetables and other plants that I would like to grow.
    It’s a way of going back to my childhood, for I did the same thing then. Back then, I wasn’t the boss of the household, but I could dream, couldn’t I? And I could at least ask mom and dad if it was possible to try a new variety of cucumber, or something.

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  • Reduce energy costs

    Entergy Arkansas customer service manager Les Frensley offered a few energy-saving tips, too:
    • Turn the thermostat up a few degrees in the winter and down in the summer, using fans instead. The heating and air-conditioning systems are typically the two single-biggest power users in a home.
    • Caulk around windows to keep outside air from flowing in. Although it may not be very attractive, plastic sheeting on the windows works well too (make sure you get a good seal around the windows).

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  • HDC elects officers

    The Batesville Historic District Commission welcomed newly appointed members and elected its 2010 officers at its first meeting in January.
    Joining the Historic District Commission were Terry King and Gail Harley.
    New officers include Terrell Tebbetts, chairman; Brian Langston, vice chairman; and Larry Sandage, secretary.

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  • Proposed state fair sites cut to 4

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Livestock Show Association has cut the list of proposed sites for the Arkansas State Fair to four.
    The current location in Little Rock is among them. The other sites are two locations near the intersection of Interstates 40 and 440 in North Little Rock and along I-440 near U.S. 167 in the Jacksonville area.
    The association’s board agreed to allow a buyer’s agent to begin negotiating agreements to buy the land in the Jacksonville area.

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  • Smithville man wrecks bike

    Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Hughes said a Smithville man, Ricky Branscum, age unknown, was seriously injured Jan. 17 in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 167 north of Batesville.
    The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m., according to Hughes who said Cara Long of Batesville was northbound in a 1998 Buick when she slowed to make a right turn into a driveway and was hit by Branscum, riding a 2003 Honda motorcycle.

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