• Brooks family

    The annual Brooks family reunion will be Sunday at the firefighters training facility, located next to Riverside Park in Batesville.
    The facility will open at 9 a.m. A potluck will be served around noon.
    The event is open to all family and friends.

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  • Accused murderer to stay at hospital

    A man accused of killing a toddler will be kept in the state hospital in Little Rock until his mental health improves, an official says.
    Jesse W. Holloman, 26, was deemed not fit to stand trial, according to court documents filed Aug. 18.

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  • Desha High School 1950-51

    DESHA — The 1950 and 1951 Desha High School class reunion will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Caudel Family Restaurant in Batesville.
    The group will meet at 8 a.m. Sept. 3 at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant for breakfast.
    For more information call Katie Hicks at (870) 793-6458 or Nona Jeffery at (870) 251-2891.

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  • Fulbright-Moser family

    MOUNT PLEASANT — The 2011 Fulbright-Moser reunion will be Sept. 4 at Mount Pleasant Elementary School cafeteria.
    Registration is at 10 a.m. A potluck will be served at noon.
    The event is open to all friends and relatives.
    The next reunion will be held in 2013.

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  • Store employees charged with stealing lottery tickets

    MELBOURNE — Some lottery winnings from a Melbourne convenience store turned out to be illegal when two employees took the lottery tickets without paying for them and taking any winnings from the store cash register.
    Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said his department and the store owners discovered the scheme that involved scratch-off lottery tickets and were able to document about $1,500 of losses to the store and the lottery commission.

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  • Puckett Road closed

    ASH FLAT — About one and a half miles of Puckett Road, between Highway 230 and Wilkerson Way in south Sharp County closed today for bridge construction and will remain closed until further notice, said county Road Foreman Gene Moore.

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  • Lyon named socially beneficial

    Washington Monthly magazine’s annual College Guide has again named Lyon College to its list of the nation’s most socially beneficial liberal arts colleges. Lyon is ranked 200th. Lyon has made the magazine’s list of top colleges for the last six years.
    Unlike most other college guides, the Washington Monthly guide asks not only what colleges are doing for students, but also what colleges are doing for the country.

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  • Veterans office to close

    The Independence County Veterans Office in the main county courthouse in Batesville will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week for out of town training according to Andrea Taylor, local veterans director.
    The office will resume normal business hours next Tuesday. For more information on veterans’ matters call (870) 793-8812.

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  • Bay man in plane spots home being burglarized

    BAY (AP) — A Bay man on his first airplane ride asked the pilot to fly over his home so he could take some aerial photos.
    What he saw was two men burglarizing his home.
    Steven Lynn said he could see the two taking items from his house to a trailer attached to a truck.
    Lynn called both an uncle who lives nearby and 911.
    Craighead County Sheriff’s deputy Phillip Wheaton says the two unloaded the trailer and left the scene when the uncle arrived — and the airplane carrying Lynn followed them.

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  • Gus Platt Jr.

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Elmer Augustus “Gus” Platt Jr., 54, of North Little Rock died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in a North Little Rock hospital.
    Born July 23, 1957, in Batesville, he was the son of Elmer Augustus Platt Sr. and JoAnn Reaves Platt. He was a 1975 graduate of Ole Main High School. After graduation, he began to wait tables in local restaurants, where he could recall large orders from memory. He enjoyed animals, especially his dog.

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  • Lynnette Castro

    Lynnette Marie Castro, 45, of Batesville died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in a Batesville nursing home.
    Born Sept. 3, 1965, at Fontana, Calif., she was the daughter of Mark W. Woznicki and Bonnie L. James. She was a homemaker and was of the Southern Baptist faith.
    Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Ramon J. Castro; two sons, Russell Castro and Robert Castro, both of Batesville; her father of Arizona; her mother of California; a sister, Kathy Woznicki of Arizona; and a granddaughter, Leann Marie Castro of Batesville.

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  • James Goforth

    DENMARK — James Orville Goforth, 76, of Denmark died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at his home.
    Born Jan. 31, 1935, at Pfeiffer, he was the son of Elver L. and Maggie Roberts Goforth. He retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service. He was a carpenter and enjoyed life. He attended the Assembly of God Church in Pleasant Plains and was a member of Poplar Springs Church of God in Richmond, Va.

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