• Pesticide applicator training set

    A farm pesticide applicator training meeting will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Independence County Extension Office at `770 Myers St. in Batesville.
    This is the class that qualifies farmers for a State Plant Board license to buy restricted pesticides.
    There is a $10 fee at the door for the training. This is in addition to the fee charged by the State Plant Board for the actual license.
    Normally, you will only have to take the training once every 5 years.

     

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  • Fellow Ivy Leaguers see Lin story differently

    The names “Jeremy Lin” and “Harvard” pop up in the same sentence so often lately you might think every Ivy Leaguer who chases the dream winds up in the NBA.
    Not so. Nearly all of them must face reality sooner or later and learn to make do in less glamorous occupations, such as Wall Street CEO, legal titan or even secretary of education. But none of them minds basking in Lin’s reflected glory.

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  • Carter, ‘The Kid,’ dies at 57

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a rough-and-tumble clubhouse filled with dark secrets and constant conflict, there was always one sunny stall.
    Those New York Mets could count on Gary Carter to deliver — a smile, a spark and ultimately a championship.
    The effervescent Hall of Fame catcher whose single for the Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. The Kid was 57.

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  • Asian-Americans rejoice as Lin smashes stereotypes

    They know what it feels like to be overlooked. People assume they are weak, servile, out of place.
    So when these Asian-Americans watch Jeremy Lin slash and shoot his way through the NBA’s finest, it’s almost as if they are on the basketball court with the California-born point guard who has set the zeitgeist on fire.
    Asian-Americans have rallied around other athletes — Michael Chang, Hideo Nomo, Yao Ming, Michelle Wie, Ichiro Suzuki. Tiger Woods was embraced for his Thai side. But Lin has a new and different appeal.

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  • Cutting my losses

    I had the great idea to get a haircut last weekend and what a mistake it would turn out to be. This was not some last-minute idea. I have been debating for weeks on exactly what I wanted done. No drastic changes, just a shorter version of what I had. Maybe add some layers to add more body to my tired looking hairdo.

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Saddened by negativity toward homeless shelter
    Dear editor:

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  • War now less of vague concept, more real

    One hundred fifty years ago, the American Civil War was no longer a vague and distant abstract concept of great armies fighting glorious battles in far off lands; quite the opposite was true for Arkansas.
    As federal troops steadily inched their way in a southerly direction, the people of Arkansas continued preparation for the imminent invasion. The proverbial “Clouds of War” were looming at a not-so-very-distant point of no return for the citizens of Arkansas and their army. 

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  • Should students be paid to go to school?

    Could pocket change have persuaded Ferris Bueller to forego his day off?
    That’s what I wondered when I read about a bold experiment by Dohn Community High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this alternative school (serving mostly at-risk low-income and minority students) gives seniors a $25 Visa gift card each week they have perfect attendance, show up for class on time and stay out of trouble. Underclassmen receive a $10 gift card.

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  • Terry Rogers – Paid Obituary

    Terry Rogers, 57, died February 14, 2012, at his home.
    He was born May 29, 1954, to Adrian and Shirley McKnight Rogers in Rockford, Illinois. He was a resident of Lawrence County for 55 years and a member of the Methodist Church in Hoxie.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, James and Laura Rogers and Jettie McKnight.

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  • Presbytery to meet at Lyon

    The Presbytery of Arkansas will hold its 119th Stated Meeting Friday and Saturday at Lyon College. The meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday with registration and pre-Presbytery workshops.
    The Presbytery reconvenes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Youth Advisory Delegates also will be in attendance.

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  • SR council to discuss festival

    SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council will discuss its 2012 Trolley Car Days celebration when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the city hall, said Ann Heathwaite, recorder-treasurer.
    Current bills will also be reviewed and any departmental reports heard.

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  • Presidents Day to be observed

    The Independence and Sharp County courthouses and Batesville City Hall and its utility departments will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day, said County Judge Larry Brown. Trash routes will run in Independence County.
    Also, the monthly Sharp County Quorum Court meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the main courtroom in the courthouse. The meeting, originally scheduled for this past Monday, was rescheduled due to a forecast of wintry weather.

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