• Assistant fire chief enjoys job

    Firefighting wasn’t Ronnie Painter’s first career.
    For years, Painter worked at his dad’s auto body shop, but he kept the idea of firefighting in the back of his mind. Finally, he went to work for the Batesville Fire Department, and now he has been named the department’s new assistant chief.
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    A 1968 graduate of Southside High School, Painter attended Foothills Vo-Tech at Searcy for two years. He and his wife, Mary, have two children, Susan Nelms of Greenbrier and Steven Painter of Batesville, and three grandchildren, Jeffery Painter, Zachery Nelms and Emily Nelms.

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  • Lewis hired as administrative assistant at UACCB

    Lisa Lewis has been hired as the administrative assistant for the Student Support Services program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
    Lewis said she never imagined she would have the opportunity to go to college — much less become a college employee.
    “It always seemed that college was just financially out of reach for me,” she said. “Then one day I received a letter in the mail from the UACCB Career Pathways office and I just decided to give them a call.”

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  • Ozarka receives EMT grant

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has been awarded a $9,074 grant for its Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program through the Arkansas Department of Health. The money will be used for scholarships, books and needed equipment.

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  • Council committee to meet

    The Batesville City Council interlocal committee will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall. The committee will discuss the city’s interlocal law enforcement agreement with the county. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Motorcycle wreck leads to drug charge, flight

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Hoxie man who fled to Michigan after a motorcycle accident in September turned himself in to Lawrence County officers Monday to face a drug charge, Sheriff Jody Dotson said.
    Christopher Montelongo, 19, had been sought on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
    “During the investigation of the accident officers discovered a large baggie of marijuana in Montelongo’s coat pocket,” Dotson said. “Montelongo was transported to the hospital for his injuries he received as a result of the accident.”

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  • Family Reading Night slated

    A free Family Reading Night will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St.
    This month’s theme is “Seuss on the Loose” and will include a reader’s theater presentation of Dr. Seuss stories performed by Batesville High School theater students along with food, book giveaways, crafts and guest speakers.

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  • Library board meets Thursday

    The Independence County Library Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex in downtown Batesville to discuss its ongoing activities.
    Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Board sets expulsion

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will conduct a student expulsion hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in Superintendent Gerald Cooper’s office.
    The board’s regular public meeting will follow.

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  • Teen missing

    Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl.
    Brandi Burgess of Batesville was last seen about 10 p.m. Friday in the west Batesville vicinity, said Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery.
    “Ms. Burgess was known to have left her house on foot. She had previously appeared to have made a call to an unknown person to pick her up,” Jeffery said. “If you have seen or heard of any information on this missing girl please contact the Independence County Sheriff’s Department at (870) 793-8838 or (870) 793-8878 and ask for Detective Michael Mundy.”

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  • Judge orders cash only

    WALNUT RIDGE — Cash only.
    That was the decision of Circuit Judge Harold Erwin after hearing testimony Monday on whether to raise the bond amount already set by a district judge or leave it the same for land developer Wayne Watkins who is currently incarcerated in the Sharp County Jail.
    Watkins, who has been living in Mexico for the past four years, is facing one count of theft by receiving, a class B felony.

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