• Cotter holds classes in dark

    COTTER (AP) — The Cotter School District in northern Arkansas held classes in darkened buildings after a power pole fell and left the school without electricity for about half a day.
    Superintendent Don Sharp says the pole snapped about 6:30 a.m. Thursday but classes were held as scheduled because buses were already on their routes picking up students.
    Elementary school Principal Airl Cheek said it was “Little House on the Prairie Day,” in reference to the 1970s and ’80s television show.

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  • Woman arrested for drug use

    A Batesville woman who reportedly told police she had been using methamphetamine was arrested at a Boswell Street residence after she refused to leave.
    Independence County Deputy Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the home of Naomi Smith on Boswell Street around 7:30 Wednesday night where she told him that Rebecca Schultz, 30, had shown up and would not leave.
    “I tried to speak with Ms. Schultz but I could not understand her because she was delusional,” Jones said.

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  • Promise Land gears up for summer therapy

    The sound of gospel music coming from an outdoors concert, the aroma of home-cooked chili and soups filling the air and several tables featuring an assortment of pies and cakes for auction, helped Promise Land therapeutic riding sables kick off its 10th season Saturday night.
    The fundraiser took place at the home of Hairl and Lorena Anderson on Kyler Road where volunteer cooks and workers served a crowd hungry as much for the action of a live auction as for the food.

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  • LR men plead not guilty to race crime charge

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four men accused of targeting an Arkansas interracial couple in a Molotov cocktail attack pleaded not guilty Thursday to all charges.
    After brief appearances in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, three of the men — Jason Barnwell, Gary Dodson and Jake Murphy — were remanded to custody. The fourth man, Dustin Hammond, was released on several conditions set by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. David Young.

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  • Tuition goes up

    The cost of getting a diploma at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville just got a little higher.
    The UACCB Board of Visitors last week approved a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour for both in-district and out-of-district students wanting to attend the two-year college beginning this fall.
    In-state tuition will increase to $60 from $57 per credit hour while out-of-district tuition will increase to $72 from $69.

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  • ‘Prescription for Addiction’ platform for teen

    Music may well be Ashleigh Rogers’ first priority, but bringing awareness to the growing abuse of prescription drugs is another.
    The 17-year-old who holds the title of Miss Batesville says she knows first-hand about the problems which has become her “Prescription for Addiction” platform.
    The Batesville High School senior said she has watched the addiction for prescription drugs take over the lives of her family.

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  • Deep South braces for rising Mississippi River

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A surge of water not seen since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 is forecast in coming days to test the enormous levees lining the Mississippi River on its course through the Deep South, adding another element of danger to a region already raked by deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms.

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  • Lady Pioneers roll up another track, field title

    PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their seventh 5A-East District championship in a row here Thursday, winning five individual titles and two relay crowns along the way.
    The Lady Pioneers rolled up 217 points and finished 112 points in front of the second-place Blytheville Lady Chickasaws.
    “The girls really performed well,” Lady Pioneer Coach Stuart Smith said. “I was very, very pleased. We qualified a good number for the state meet, and we came close to getting a bunch more. We had several really close fifth places.”

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  • Badgers sweep Pioneers in big district doubleheader

    CABOT — The opener and nightcap of this key, 5A-East District high school baseball doubleheader began and ended in similar fashion, and it’s not a good look for the Batesville Pioneers.
    In a 1-0 loss to the Beebe Badgers, Matthew Showalter led off the game with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Cody Vaughn, but was left standing there as Beebe’s Griffin Glaude struck out Tanner Ring and got Ryan Coles out with a soft liner to the second baseman.

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  • John Bradley Barnes

    First Lt. Brett and Mandolin Barnes and Blake of Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla., have announced the birth of a son and brother at Gulf Coast Medical Center on April 8, 2011. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named John Bradley Barnes.
    Grandparents of the child are Ronnie and Linda Deason of Oil Trough and Susan Coleman and Bob and Tina Barnes, all of Horseshoe Bend.

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  • Brooklyn McKinley Decker & Lakyn Abagial Decker

    Thomas and Misty Decker of Mountain Home have announced the birth of twin daughters at Baxter Regional Medical Center on April 19, 2011. Brooklyn McKinley Decker weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces. Lakyn Abagial Decker weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces.
    Grandparents of the children are Chester and Nealy Decker of Mountain Home, Stephen and Debra Harrison of Elkhorn, Wis., and Sandra Barnatt of Florida.
    Great-grandmother is Sharlene Harrison of Batesville.

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  • Aven Lynn Scott

    Bronson Scott and Amanda Knott of Batesville have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on April 20, 2011. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 4.3 ounces and has been named Aven Lynn Scott.
    Grandparents of the child are Sonny and Tammy Hayes, Diane Meeks, Joel Scott and Jeff and Sandra Knott.
    Great-grandparents are Toy Davidson, Mike and Joann Mead, Janie Davidson, Bill and Margaret Scott, Lonnie and Imogean Walls and Joe and Paula Knott.

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