• Reception to honor retiring safety director

    Retiring Safety Director Sharon Taylor will be honored with a reception at 2 p.m. April 1 at city hall in Batesville.  Taylor has worked for the city since 1994.  The event is open to the public.

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  • March arrives with new life, loss

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, an a time to pluck up that which is planted.                                      Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

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  • Why not dig, see what’s there?

    Back in the 1820s or 1830s, those who found evidence of visitors to ancient America, such as inscriptions carved on stone, had no problem getting people to believe that.
    But along about the early 1880s — 130 years ago — that suddenly changed and a firm belief was put forth in the United States that all ancestors of American Indians walked across a now submerged Bering Strait land bridge and that North and South American Indians had absolutely no outside influences until Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492.

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  • More changes made to sports schedules

    Make a few more changes on those sports schedules on the fridge at home.
    Due to wet conditions, the Nettleton-at-Batesville baseball doubleheader was postponed for the second time Wednesday. It will now be played on April 8 or 9, announced Batesville Coach Mark Rush. The coach also said the Batesville-at-Paragould doubleheader that was lost to the weather back on March 15 has been rescheduled for May 9.
    Also, the Blue Mountain-at-Lyon College softball doubleheader scheduled for today has been postponed due to field conditions. It has not yet been rescheduled.

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  • Big innings propel Southside

    NEWPORT — A couple of big innings helped the Southside Lady Southerners defeat the Newport Lady Greyhounds in a Class 4A-2 high school softball game here Wednesday.
    Southside (6-2, 3-0) scored single runs in the first and fourth innings, but did the damage with four runs in the second and five in the seventh to collect an 11-3 decision.
    Newport sent two home in the bottom of the third and one more in the fourth.

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  • Lady Raiders sweep Lady Pioneers

    The Nettleton Lady Raiders remained unbeaten in the 5A-East District and moved above the .500 mark with a high school doubleheader sweep at the North Complex on Wednesday night.
    The Lady Raiders outscored the Lady Pioneers 11-7 in the opener and walloped the home team 16-1 in a run-ruled, 5-inning nighcap.

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  • Area teams advance in Pioneer Classic

    Southside, Cave City and Midland advanced in the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic baseball tournament Wednesday.
    Southside got off to a quick start and then held on for a 7-6 win over South Side Bee Branch. The Southerners opened with a 5-run first inning and led 6-0 after two innings. The Hornets responded with a pair of 3-run innings. Southside’s other run came in the bottom of the third.
    Colby Sutton was credited with the win after he pitched two and one-third innings before being relieved by Jacob Rawlings.

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  • Pioneer Classic field returns state champ, runner-up

    The large school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championship game got back to providing high school baseball state championship previews last spring, and it was doubly telling.
    The Beebe Badgers defeated the Searcy Lions 6-3 for their first Pioneer Classic title. Seven weeks later in Fayetteville, the Badgers defeated the Monticello Billies 5-2 for the Class 5A State Tournament title and the Lions fell 9-1 to the Lake Hamilton Wolves in the Class 6A title game.

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  • Contest winners announced

    CALICO ROCK — The Izard County Historical & Genealogical Society has announced the 2011 Family History Essay Contest winners.
    Roger Harvell, president, recently presented checks to Calico Rock High School students Savannah Brown, first place; Savannah Skidmore, second place; and Morgan Lamb, third place.
    The genealogical society’s essay contest has been held for the past 13 years.

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  • BHS student advances

    Batesville High School student Kaitlyn Butler was awarded a gold medal for placing in the Job Interview category at a recent state Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America Star Events competition.
    She will compete in the national FCCLA Star Events in July at Anaheim, Calif, according to FCCLA sponsor Carolyn Hubbell.

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  • Dancer earns gold

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School student Danielle Kramer recently earned a gold medal for her ballet pointe dance “Break Away,” choreographed by Hannah Paulson, at the Nexstar Dance Competition in Little Rock.
    Kramer is the daughter of Tommy and Deborah Kramer and is a student of the North Arkansas Dance Theatre dance academy and member of its performing troupe.

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  • Batesville native graduates from BU

    BOSTON — Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,550 students in January.
    Among the graduates was Sarah J. LaBauve, who received a master of arts in English. LaBauve is from Batesville. Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.

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