• Thefts from garage reported

    Personal items valued at $3,400 were reported stolen from a garage north of Batesville sometime in the past three weeks, according to a report by Travis D. McSpadden of Cushman.

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  • Accident leads to DWI arrest

    Deputies were dispatched to an accident at North Heights and White Drive around 3:15  Monday afternoon where one pickup truck was slammed against a power pole while another was attempting to leave, according to Deputy Michael Darr with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Darr said he made sure the driver of the truck against the pole, Jerry Townsley, 60, didn’t need medical attention before he talked with Joseph Glass, 41, the driver of the second truck that was sitting in the intersection with its engine running.

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  • E. coli scare prompts recall

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Delta Division of The Kroger Co. is asking customers to check their refrigerators and freezers for ground beef that may contain E coli.
    The beef, all 73/27 lean to fat ratio, had a “best before” date of Sept. 12 and the number 245D inked on the packages.
    The beef is part of a recall announced by Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. after a sample of the product analyzed by the Ohio Department of Health was found to contain the bacteria and a family fell ill.

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  • District fair in full swing

    MELBOURNE — The weather is nice, the North Central Arkansas District Fair is in full swing and the price of gasoline in Melbourne alone may make a trip to the fair worthwhile, said fair board President James Mack Street.
    The Fun Time Shows midway opened Wednesday night and the fair offers thousands of exhibits to be viewed, he said.
    “Gasoline was selling for $3.09 per gallon in Melbourne on Tuesday. Come on up to the fair. You might save enough to pay the price of admission,” Street said.

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  • Cedar Ridge nets $48K for tobacco-free efforts

    NEWARK — The Arkansas Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program has awarded the Cedar Ridge School District $48,300 to implement efforts to decrease and eliminate tobacco use in its school and community.
    Local schools play an integral part in preventing youth from starting and helping tobacco users quit, according to a news release.

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  • Lyon student interns at Children’s

    Lyon College junior Clare Brown of Batesville interned at Arkansas Children’s Hospital this summer, according to a news release.
    The internship, co-sponsored by UAMS Department of Pediatrics and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, gave Brown and 20 other college students a chance to continue their education toward a health-related career.

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  • What happens in Washington, doesn’t stay in Washington

    There’s an old curse that begs, “O that mine enemy would write a book.”
    That’s a desire getting a big play in the debates between Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who are both trashing my Dad Ronald Reagan’s so-called “11th Commandment,” that Republicans must refrain from attacking each other in public.
    Like just about everybody else I’m being wearied by both Romney and Perry citing passages from each other’s books to prove a point. All they do is prove that they can read and write. We need more than that in a president.

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  • Going postal over mail service

    The United States Postal Service is so broke, according to a USPS official who spoke Tuesday during a public hearing, that it may be unable to meet its payroll next month.
    Many things are to blame, and it was correctly pointed out that many people now pay their bills electronically rather than mailing checks and that email and text messages are used for written communication.

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  • Man tries to flee by riding on car hood

    RAVENDEN — A man trying to get away from police by riding on the hood of a car after complaints of him beating a woman was arrested by Ravenden police Saturday night — and the woman, from Batesville, was arrested, too, reported Police Chief Tim McComas.
    “Officers were called to the Flash Market about a black male beating a white female. When officers arrived, the vehicle took off with the black male hanging onto the hood of the car,” McComas said.
    The alleged assault was taking place in the store’s parking lot, he said.

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  • Batesville man charged with theft in Izard Co.

    A Batesville man and a Mount Vernon man have been charged in connection with the theft of property from a residence near the Antioch Baptist Church on Izard County Road 80.
    According to the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, Leon Blake Kelly, 45, of Batesville and Kenneth Lee Wright, 34, of Mount Vernon were arrested following a citizen’s report that two suspicious vehicles were in the vicinity of the Dan Anderson residence. 

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  • Alum named enrollment specialist

    Christopher Dickie has been hired as an enrollment specialist at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
    He graduated from UACCB with an associate of arts with a business focus in 2009, then transferred to Lyon College where he received a bachelor of science in accounting this past May.
    When Dickie moved from Oregon to Batesville in 2006, the last thing he expected was that five years later he would be a college employee.
    “In my first semester at UACCB, I had little very little confidence in myself,” he said.

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  • Southside School Board holds annual report

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School District held its annual report to the public following its regular school board meeting recently.
    Architect Clayton Vaden and representatives from Nabholz Construction discussed with the board about possible designs for the district’s new high school project. 
    Meanwhile, the board voted to accept the transfer of one student from Batesville School District to Southside School district and for the transfer of one student to the Batesville School District from the Southside School District.

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