• Farrar, Barber are united in double-ring ceremony

    JUDSONIA — Kristen Diane Farrar and Steven Dale Barber were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Judsonia Church of Christ.
    John Kachelman Jr. officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Bud and Carol Farrar of Lillie, La., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hilburn of Greenbrier and the late Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow W. Farrar.
    The groom is the son of Robert and Dana Barber of Floral and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Barber and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Knabe, all of Floral.

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  • ASU prof studies Ozark freshwater pond organisms

    Pond ecosystems offer a unique opportunity to study close up and first-hand the ecological interactions of organisms within a confined habitat. Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), sometimes called the Father of Microbiology, was the first person to examine and describe pond microorganisms with a crude light microscope over three centuries ago. He called the various microorganisms that he saw, “cavorting little beasties.” Today’s scientists continue to be intrigued by the breadth of organismal diversity found in pond water. By itself, a pond is a “microcosm of life.”

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  • The domino effect

    A bit of a rhetorical question today: When will the people in charge realize that when it comes to schools, bigger is not necessarily better?

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  • Getting off track

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ strained budget and the amounts for lottery-funded scholarships were supposed to be the top agenda items as lawmakers gathered for the first-ever fiscal session.
    But it’s the side issues that are stealing the limelight.

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  • Quorum court to meet

    Canceled because of snow last week, the Independence County Quorum Court will hold its monthly public meeting at 6 tonight on the second floor of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building in downtown Batesville.

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  • Fire department to elect board

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual board elections at 7 p.m. March 1 at the main fire station.
    The event is open to the public.

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  • Southside extends contracts, accepts resignations

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside School Board met Wednesday and extended principal contracts while accepting four resignations. The board:
    • approved the contracts of principals Roger Ried, Dion Stevens and Glenda Mueller; assistant principals Rick Rikard, Tim Sisk and Rick Keller; cirriculum and federal programs coordinator Dinah Haertlein; and early childhood director Dawn Jeffrey.

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  • ‘Newark’s Got Talent’ set

    NEWARK — Newark Elementary will host “Newark’s Got Talent” at 6 p.m. Feb. 23.
    Students will perform a variety of talents for a night of fun entertainment, according to Carol Woods, gifted and talented program coordinator. Ernie Pectol will be the master of ceremonies and guest entertainer.
    Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and free for children 5 and under. A concession stand will be available. Modern Woodmen of America, under the direction of Cledus Manuel will match funds for this event, she said.

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  • Pfeiffer water authority to hold annual meeting

    The Pfeiffer Public Water Authority will hold its annual meeting at 5:15 tonight at Batesville Municipal Building, followed by the board’s regular monthly session.
    General business includes a customer adjustment request, an engineering report and Batesville Water Utilities management report.
    The next scheduled meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. March 16. Items pending action include discussion on the Goforth tank and main pump station and automatic meter reading.

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  • Tourism banquet to be Monday

    The Ozarka Gateway Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet has been rescheduled for Monday, Cathy Drew, executive director of the tourism council, has announced.
    The banquet, which had been postponed previously because of inclement weather, will take place at Elizabeth’s Restaurant on Main Street in downtown Batesville at 6 p.m. Tickets previously purchased will be honored.
    David Baker, vice president-operations support at FutureFuel Chemical Company, will be the guest speaker, discussing “going green.”
    The banquet will also feature a special awards presentation.

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  • Beginning Steps to meet

    Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-monthly meeting from 1-2 p.m. Friday in the Parent Resource Room of the Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St.
    All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions call (870) 793-0627.

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  • State lawmaker, wife injured in hit-and-run

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Rep. Roy Ragland and his wife Gail have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Little Rock.
    Police say the Raglands were hurt about 8:20 p.m. Monday when the car they were in was hit by a sport utility vehicle. Police say the Raglands’ car was knocked into an office building.
    Police say Gail Ragland is hospitalized in serious condition while Roy Ragland suffered bumps and bruises.
    Lt. Dana Jackson says Roy Ragland told officers two men got out of the SUV after the accident — then got back into the vehicle and sped away.

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