• Stephanie Najar

    Adalberto Najar and Maria Simental, Kimberly, Rafaela, Michel and Adalberto Jr. of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on April 21, 2011. The baby weighed 9 pounds, .6 ounces and has been named Stephanie Najar.
    Grandparents of the child are Juana Lopez and Julio Simental.
    Great-grandparents are Rafaela N. Espericueta and Ramon Najar.

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  • Crofts celebrating 25th wedding aniversary

    Dan and Sherry Croft of Batesville will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the home of Jessie and Cleta Hubbard, located at 47 Bufford St. in Desha.
    Sherry Hubbard and Dan Croft were married April 30, 1986, in the home of the bride’s parents with Jim Kemp officiating.
    They have three children, Courtney Croft, Nicholas Croft and Sidney Croft, all of Batesville.
    Mr. Croft is employed by Peco Foods. Mrs. Croft is a teacher’s aide in Batesville School District.
    All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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  • Ada Mae McCracken Ray to mark 93rd birthday

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Ada Mae McCracken Ray of Mount Pleasant is celebrating her 93rd birthday today.
    She has a son, Remmel Ray; a daughter, Barbara Collie; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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  • Bull Shoals park to host Civil War event

    BULL SHOALS — One hundred and fifty years after it began the Civil War remains one of the most significant events in the history of the United States.
    Its impact is still felt in politics, customs and business. In Arkansas, it was an ugly personal and decidedly un-civil affair that touched everyone’s lives, according to a news release from Bull Shoals-White River State Park.

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  • DeGoyler, Sweetin unite in marriage

    Pamela Michelle DeGolyer and Bradley Wade Sweetin were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony March 26 at West Baptist Church in Batesville.
    William A. Cash, grandfather of the bride, officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Robert and Janice Benton of Batesville and Jim and Carolyn DeGolyer of Conway and the granddaughter of William and Patty Cash of Batesville.
    The groom is the son of Wade and Pam Sweetin of Tichnor and the grandson of Donald and Edith Sweetin of Tichnor.

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  • All about the party

    I get the whole fascination with William and Kate’s royal wedding. I even get the mixed reactions every time it’s mentioned. Women let out a delighted “oh” and clap their hands. Men groan and roll their eyes. My friend Jenn Gibbons’ mother went out and got tiaras that they can decorate themselves and wear in honor of the occasion. My neighbor Matt let out a laugh when he heard of all the going-on.

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  • Will levee be blown near Cairo?

    Word came along Wednesday — not official word, but Mississippi “River Rat” buzz — that the U.S. Corps of Engineers is sending 60 tons of explosives up the Mississippi River to near Cairo, Ill., to blow a breach in the Bird’s Point (Missouri) Levee to take floodwater pressure off the levee that protects Cairo.
    “The explosives were at Blytheville this morning,” Charles McKenzie of Evening Shade said Wednesday morning. McKenzie is a retired riverboat chief engineer who spent 17 years working for Ingram Barge Co. He currently owns and operates McKenzie Monuments near Pfeiffer.

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  • Arkansas rivers back up; state death toll hits 13

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Flooding in Pocahontas on Thursday inundated the city’s grocery stores and cut off the main north-south highway through town as river systems across east Arkansas continued to back up because the Mississippi River is so high.
    Counties from the Missouri border to Louisiana reported flooding, a condition that will continue until at least the middle of May.
    “We think this is going to be an issue for weeks, not days, in east Arkansas,” said Matt DeCample, spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe.

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  • Crawford touts GOP plan at town hall

    JONESBORO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford touted his party’s plan to privatize Medicare and cut government spending before a quiet, mostly friendly audience Thursday night — a far cry from the booing and jeering many House Republicans have faced at town halls this spring.
    Crawford addressed about 100 people in Jonesboro in his first town hall meeting since joining Congress in January. He said the budget passed earlier this month by House Republicans would help reduce the nation’s debt and prevent Medicare from going under.

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  • 10K a Day is the Way named a success

    Ever tried walking 10,000 steps a day?
    Employees from White River Medical Center, Stone County Medical Center and area businesses including Citizens Bank, LaCroix Optical, Concord Specialties and the city of Batesville have, collectively, walked nearly 50,000 miles (or over 116 million steps) to better their health.
    White River Health System’s CommHealth Program recently concluded its 10K a Day is the Way walking project using smart pedometers. More than 200 area employees participated in the 90-day pilot project.

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  • Outages decrease

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The number of customers without electricity after deadly severe storms pounded Arkansas earlier this week continues to decline.
    Entergy Arkansas officials said Thursday the outage tally is at 15,000, down from 88,000 at the height of the storms.
    Utility company officials say about 1,200 additional workers have been brought to Arkansas to help with the restoration.
    Entergy officials say preliminary reports indicate 727 poles are either down or broken, 1,296 spans of wire need to be replaced and another 696 spans needed fallen trees removed from them.

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  • Architects gather input for new student center

    Lyon College is moving forward with plans to rebuild its student center and dining hall after a fire destroyed both in October.
    Architects from Roark Perkins Perry Yelvington Architects in Little Rock spent last week meeting with students, faculty and staff to find out what they would like to see incorporated into the new building.
    Ideas given to the architects included stages for performances, banquet rooms, meeting rooms, health and wellness areas, game room, snack bar, campus store, mail room and lounges.

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