• Highland students win letter competition

    HIGHLAND — Highland Middle School fifth-graders recently participated in a “Letters about Literature” state competition.
    The competition required students to write a letter to their favorite author on the topic: “How has an author’s work — novel, nonfiction, poetry — changed your view of the world or yourself?”
    Arkansas students submitted 1,450 letters during the 2010-11 competition in December and 136 were selected as finalists to compete in the state round of the competition.

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  • Coach calls allegations ‘pure garbage’

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Auburn will investigate claims by four former football players, who told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” they received thousands of dollars while being recruited by or playing for the Tigers.
    Stanley McClover, Troy Reddick, Chaz Ramsey and Raven Gray told HBO for an episode that aired Wednesday night that they received cash payments — in book bags, envelopes and even handshakes. Ramsey played at Auburn most recently, in the 2007 season.
    Coach Gene Chizik dismissed the report as “pure garbage.”

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  • Matthews team wins tourney 

    Josh Matthews and Jason Matthews won the first Batesville Bassmasters tournament of the year with a 10.24-pound stringer of fish, including a 3.24-pound largemouth, which was the biggest bass of the day, vice president Micah Beard reported. 
    Dennis Scoggin and Brian Johnson teamed to win second place with 5.29 pounds and Charles Kibbe and Norman Terrell placed third with 4.64 pounds.
    Twenty boats were in the tournament.
    “The bite was tough, as only 24 bass came to the scales. No 5-fish limits were weighed,” Beard said.

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  • BHS to present ‘Camelot’

    The Batesville High School drama department will present its spring musical production of “Camelot.” 
    Performances will be held at 7 p.m. April 8-9 and 2 p.m. April 11 at the old middle school auditorium. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.
    The play, based on the T.H. White book, “The Once and Future King,” is about the legendary King Arthur and his kingdom of Camelot,
    The Batesville production is directed by Amanda Pickett with musical direction by Ceil Smith and choreography by Shani Kramer. 

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  • Rabid skunks cause quarantine

    GREENWOOD (AP) — The mayor of a western Arkansas town says his community is being quarantined after six cases of rabies in skunks were confirmed there.
    Greenwood Mayor Dale Gabbard said Wednesday that his office has notified schools, veterinary offices and the media about the quarantine. Gabbard says a notice of the quarantine also has been placed on the marquee in the town square.
    Six skunks have tested positive for rabies and a seventh is being examined. Veterinarian Dr. Matthew Singer says the cases have been concentrated in Greenwood.

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  • Chamber not associated with Premiere Impressions

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with Premiere Impressions or its selling of ads to be located on a magnet, according to chamber officials. The chamber is not a distribution point or in any was associated with this company or its products.
    Any one with questions about projects the chamber is associated with should contact Angela Connell, at (870) 793-2378, angela.connell@mybatesville.org or www.mybatesville.org.

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  • NWTF banquet is Friday

    MELBOURNE — The annual National Wild Turkey Federation banquet will be Friday at the Izard County Fairgrounds.
    Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled at 7. Fred’s Fish House will be catering the event. Meal tickets are $15.

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  • No fines for overdue books

    The Independence County Library will celebrate fine-free days in observance of National Library Week, which is April 10-16.
    The library will not charge fines for overdue materials from Friday through April 16.

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  • Church offers free wellness checkups Saturday

    North Heights Church of Christ will sponsor a free wellness event beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.
    Tests will include total cholesterol; high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol); low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol); triglycerides; blood sugar; blood pressure; heart rate; oxygen saturation; individual health report card; and height, weight, body mass index and body fat percentage.

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  • Tools taken in school burglary

    Batesville school officials say a large number of hand tools and copper wire were stolen from the Batesville School Administration building on Water Street sometime overnight Monday.
    Frank Drye, maintenance supervisor for the school district, said someone entered the building either through an open window or an unlocked door that was discovered Tuesday morning.
    Among the items reported taken included several sets of miscellaneous tools, some with the initials CM or CO on them.

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  • Marshal hired at Concord; city-wide clean-up scheduled

    CONCORD — Nicholas “Nick” Hunnicutt will go to work as the new town marshal in Concord on Friday, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.
    And, she said, “That’s no April Fool’s joke.”
    Hunnicutt, 32, replaces Danny Roberts, who resigned at the end of January.
    The city council offered the job to Hunnicutt following a recent special meeting. He was the only one interviewed after the council looked through the applications, Pettit said.
    Hunnicutt and his wife, Cara, and their two little boys have already moved to Concord, she said.

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  • No egg hunt

    There will not be an Easter egg hunt in downtown Batesville this year, Main Street Batesville executive director Paula Grimes has announced.
    “We were not able to secure the funds needed for this event, and many merchants have indicated that they did not see any increase in business,” Grimes said. “We try to make sure that we spend our dollars on activities that benefit our downtown merchants.”

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