• Ozarka Kids Academy expanding, accepting new children

    MELBOURNE — The Ozarka Kids Academy, located in Melbourne, is nearing the completion of an expansion and renovation project that will allow the daycare to accommodate additional children, according to a news release.
    Currently, the Kids Academy can have 45 children enrolled, but with the completion of the project, it will be licensed to enroll up to 84 children. Officials expect the new children will be able to start attending in mid-March.

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  • Independence County part of three Heritage Trails

    The Trail of Tears was just that: More than 4,000 American Indians died as a result of the forced relocation mandated by the Indian Removal Act of 1830, when various tribes were forced to relocate to Indian Territory, now known as the state of Oklahoma.
    One of the trails used came through Independence County. The portion of the Benge Trail that ran through Batesville followed a road referred to as the Old Military or Jacksonport Road.
    Batesville will get some new signage to mark the area’s historical significance, according to the state Department of Parks and Tourism.

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  • Death of horse blamed on dogs

    Dogs are believed to be responsible for the weekend death of a horse owned by Nathan Franks of Mitchell Road in the Ruddell Hill area.
    Franks reported to Deputy Colby Markum that his registered American miniature horse, valued at $500, was alive when he left his residence around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, but was dead when he returned home around an hour later. Franks said he found the horse lying in its pasture and looked like dogs had been eating on it.

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  • Men sentenced in firebombing, cross-burning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Evening Shade man has been sentenced to 20 years for his role in a residential firebombing a year ago, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
    On Aug. 26, 2011, Jason Barnwell, 37, of Evening Shade, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the civil rights of a resident of Hardy, and to using fire in the commission of that offense. Barnwell also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson sentenced Barnwell to 20 years in prison for three counts.

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  • Tech sweeps BHS with hot shooting, lots of turnovers

    PARAGOULD — The red-hot shooting Greene County Tech Lady Eagles broke away with an early flurry of 3-point shots, and the Eagles did the same in the second quarter with a slew of Batesville Pioneer turnovers while posting a 5A-East District sweep here Friday.
    The Lady Eagles won 63-25, improving to 5-1 in the district and 18-2 overall. The Lady Pioneers fell to 1-5 and 3-14 (see district standings, scores and schedules on this page).

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  • S-side girls break away from Lonoke

    LONOKE — The Southside Lady Southerners improved their record 8-2 in 4A-2 District play by defeating the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 43-42 here Friday.
    The Lady Southerners, 17-4 overall, were down 5-2 at the first quarter break, but tied it at halftime 16-all. Southside went on a 21-12 run late in the second half with Jordan Hicks hitting a crucial 3-pointer to help secure the victory.
    Jessica Robertson led the Lady Southerners with 12 points. 

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  • Lyon games moved to today

    The Lyon-at-Blue Mountain women and men basketball teams are scheduled to play tonight, with the women leading off at 6, announced Kevin Jenkins, Lyon College men’s basketball coach and athletic director.
    The TranSouth Athletic Conference games in Blue Mountain, Miss., were moved from their original time on Saturday afternoon to Monday night due to funeral services for Wesley Stewart, father of Tracy Stewart-Lange, Lyon’s women’s basketball coach.
    Below are the TranSouth standings, scores from Saturday and the schedule for Monday and Thursday.

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  • Cougs cap county tourney with wild win

    BROCKWELL — It was the longest night at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and, at times, it looked like “The Longest Yard.”
    The Izard County Cougars won a rough-and-tumble, come-from-behind championship game with the Cave City Cavemen, winning 72-68 in the third of four title games to require an overtime here Saturday night. Add 69 fouls — 40 on the host team — to the senior boys nightcap and it’s no wonder the high school basketball action didn’t end until 11.

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  • Foster meeting set

    A free informational meeting about foster parenting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Department of Human Services county office, 100 Weaver Road. An adoption specialist and a local foster parent will be guest speakers. For more information call DHS representative Robin Tate at (870) 698-1876, ext. 106.

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  • Brick sales deadline nears

    CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum Foundation has announced that the next set of commemorative bricks will be installed along the museum’s sidewalk entrance in March.
    The first brick costs $100, and each additional brick is $50. Bricks may be purchased in memory of loved ones, to honor children or special friends or by individuals and groups. The foundation makes installations in lots of about 100 bricks.

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  • Literacy project available online

    The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project has entered the second year of its membership program, and supporters can now join or renew 2012 memberships online at www.literacyindependence.org/donate.
    Memberships can also be obtained by mailing payment to OFLP, 45 Thunderbird Drive, Batesville, AR 72501. Individual memberships are available for $25 and family memberships are $35. Author’s Club memberships, which support a returning student for one year, are $200, and Publisher’s Club memberships, which support a new student for one year, are $350.

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  • Students to learn Irish culture

    Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary students will participate in the Cultural Kaleidoscope’s Irish program Jan. 30–Feb. 3.   
    Dearbhail Finnegan and Robin Slater are artists from Ireland providing opportunities to experience an Irish traditions and culture through an Irish jig, learning the Gaelic alphabet and Irish folk tales and songs. A live demonstration of Ireland’s folk instruments, harp, tin whistle, bodhran, concertina, Irish wooden flute and Uillean pipes will be combined with a multimedia experience presented with  traditional Irish costumes. 

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