• TEA Party draws ethics complaint

    A month after Batesville voters narrowly defeated a tax for parks and recreation, a complaint has been filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

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  • Baby showers yield old friends

    It’s true that old friends never go out of style and there’s nothing like a wedding or baby shower in the South to prove it.  
    We all have different categories of friends and my high school classmates are in a special one even we go without talking to or see each other for months or years.

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  • Martha’s big adventure: End of TV

    There’s a cultural shift taking place that may mean the end to another icon, the television set, that we thought was here to stay. First, it was the newspapers that lost a large part of their circulation as more and more people got their news from their laptops and phones.
    Now, the television industry, which in this case means the cable industry is seeing the same trend unfold right before their eyes and may not be able to stop the exit, either.

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  • Expense of being health illiterate

    LITTLE ROCK — According to the American Medical Association, people’s ability to understand instructions on brochures and prescription drug bottles is a better predictor of their health outcomes than their race, age, income or education level.

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  • Lawsuit credited for improved river

    SCRAPER, Okla. (AP) — Ellen Thompson remembers the first time she came to the Illinois River in 2006 to kayak: She saw cattle — and their droppings — alongside the river and heard tales that the waters were infested with poultry manure.
    But on a recent warm morning, the river was clear.
    “I didn’t see any cows. I didn’t see any signs of poultry waste or anything like that in the water,” the Fayetteville, Ark., resident said, standing on the riverbank in this northeastern Oklahoma hamlet. “The river itself is just gorgeous.”

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  • Sheriff denies violating rights

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — The attorney for Miller County Sheriff Ron Stovall has issued a statement denying claims in a lawsuit that Stovall violated a former employee’s civil rights.
    The lawsuit filed in August by 79-year-old Fred Hacker says Stovall forced him to retire because of his age. The lawsuit says Stovall forced him to quit by transferring him from monitoring a control console at the county jail to working as a guard and having contact with inmates who could threaten him.
    The lawsuit asks for reinstatement and unspecified compensatory damages and punitive damages.

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  • Wheat farmers facing shortage of seed

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas wheat farmers plan to increase their wheat acreage this year and would have planted more had they been able to get as much seed as desired, crop consultants and agriculture officials said.
    “It’s hard to estimate how much wheat we’ll plant this fall,” Arkansas Extension Service small grain specialist Jason Kelley said. “On one hand prices are good and people want to plant more, but on the other hand, seed is in short supply.”

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  • Rep. seeks changes in veterinary laws

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state representative from Fayetteville wants some changes in Arkansas’ laws on veterinary medicine.
    Rep. Jim House, who as a part-time farrier provides care to horse hooves, said current laws appear to ban professional horseshoers and equine dentists known as “teeth floaters” who file down a horse’s teeth.

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  • Folk center to host Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, will host a Celebrity Concert with Tommy Emmanuel at 7 p.m. Saturday; doors will open at 6. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the park or by calling (870) 269-3851.

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  • T-wolves earn first shutout victory

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves collected their first-ever high school football shutout and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
    Their 16-0 win over the Salem Greyhounds here Friday night also snapped a 2-game losing streak in the 2A-3 District and put them back in the hunt for a first-ever bid to the state playoffs. They are currently tied for fifth in the 8-team standings.
    “I’m feeling a lot better,” Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said with a laugh.

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  • Brian Free and Assurance to perform at UACCB

    Brian Free and Assurance will perform at the Roger Bennett Memorial Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
    Citizens Bank began the gospel concert series in 2006 when they brought Roger Bennett & Legacy Five to Batesville for Bennett’s homecoming. Bennett, the group’s piano player, was from Strawberry, and very well known in the area. His performance at his homecoming was the last, as he soon after lost his battle with leukemia on March 17, 2007.

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  • Reed, Graham plan nuptials for Oct. 9

    CONCORD — Kim Reed of Concord has announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Rachelle Lindsey Reed, to Thomas Michael Graham, son of Bryon and Lou Hoggard of Sulphur Rock and Mike and Liberty Graham of Batesville.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ina Reed of Concord and the late Johnnie Reed.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Concord High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville with a degree in medical office management. She is employed by North Arkansas Radiology Associates P.A. in Batesville.

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