• Razorback pitcher placed on stopper list

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas pitcher Nolan Sanburn has been named to the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.
    Officials said Tuesday the sophomore is one of 45 pitchers on the watch list for the award, which honors the nation’s top relief pitcher.
    Sanburn led the Razorbacks with eight saves last season, which ranked sixth in the Southeastern Conference. He finished his rookie season with a 2-4 record and a 3.62 ERA.

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  • Students, staff plan trip to Italy

    A group of University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville students and their faculty chaperones are busy planning a trip to Italy.
    Eight students were selected for this cultural opportunity and are currently meeting with appointed instructors to make preparation for travel. The trip to Italy in May will be a culmination of college courses the students are taking this semester. One course is Italian culture and history which is designed to educate students about the destination country and its culture in advance of the visiting in person.

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  • Tony Watson

    SAFFELL — Tony W. Watson, 60, of Saffell died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Batesville.
    Born Oct. 27, 1951, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Arvel E. and Ollie Ripka Watson. He worked at Townsend’s Processing Plant for 26 years and for Crabtree Farms and Freshour Road Construction Company. He enjoyed helping others, hunting and fishing and was a “jack of all trades.” He was a member of Strawberry Southern Baptist Church.

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  • Bertha Neal

    MELBOURNE — Bertha Ann Mitchell Neal, 92, of Melbourne died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Melbourne.
    Born April 2, 1919, in Bexar, she was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Mitchell and Margaret Theodosha Hensley Mitchell. She was united in marriage to Arlis Neal on June 8, 1940, in Newburg by T.T. Kent, justice of the peace. She was a homemaker and was employed by a garment factory in Little Rock. In 1976, she and her husband retired and moved to Newburg. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill.

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  • Teda Self

    Teda Eugene Self, 72, of Batesville died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his home.
    Born Jan. 26, 1940, in Fort Smith, he was the son of James Self and Willie Townsley. He was a member of Ruddell Hill Baptist Church.

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  • United Way funding applications now available

    Applications are ready for pickup for 2013 United Way funding and are available at the United Way of Independence County office, according to Robb Roberts, chairman of the Agency Relations Committee.
    Applications must be completed and turned in by Feb. 24. An applying organization must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization providing a direct and meaningful service to the people of Independence County and must have been in existence for at least two years, according to a news release.

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  • Board positions open at Dota

    CORD — The deadline for filing for open positions on the Dota Public Water Authority board of directors is 5 p.m. Feb. 10, according to a notice from the Dota Public Water office.
    Anyone interested in filing for a board position must complete an intent form stating which position he or she is interested in seeking. Positions 4 and 5 will be voted on for three-year terms.

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  • Habitat seeks applicants

    Independence County Habitat for Humanity will be taking applications from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Independence Hall Room 104 on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville located at 2005 White Drive in Batesville.
    This will be the fourth family to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Independence County. Construction for the third home is to begin soon.

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  • Corps to host workshops

    LITTLE ROCK — The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District will host public workshops to discuss proposed cuts in operations at 29 of its parks.
    Although there will be no group presentations, the public may drop by during the workshops and talk with Corps representatives, provide input and learn more about volunteer and potential partnership opportunities. Written comments will also be accepted.
    The Corps is looking for partners willing to take over operations and maintenance to help keep the facilities from closing.

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  • Author to speak at Kiwanis

    CAVE CITY — Stella Hash, author of “The Christmas Caravan” and “JJ’s Special Christmas,” will be guest speaker at the Cave City Kiwanis Club noon Thursday at the Cave City Community Center.
    The event is free and open to the public.

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  • ‘Topping-out’ rescheduled

    Lyon College has announced it will be rescheduling its “topping-out” ceremony for the new campus center, originally planned at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
    A date will be announced at a later time.

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  • Arkansas’ catfish production decreases in 2011

    LITTLE ROCK — The catfish industry in the state continued its downward spiral in 2011, with declines in acreage, production and sales.
    However, national production and sales were up slightly as prices rose and farmers in other states grew more fish on fewer acres. Still, acreage continued to decline in the major catfish-producing states.
    Arkansas is the third-largest catfish-producing state, behind Mississippi and Alabama.

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