• Court overturns teacher-sex law

    Batesville school employee may be fired for sex with students LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a …

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  • Car wash held to pay for mother’s funeral

    Tyler Hawks never imagined having to bury his parents at the age of 19 but last Saturday his mother, Mary Hawks, died suddenly and he’s been told his father may only have a month to live. His mother had no life insurance and Hawks needs …

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  • Student, three others shave locks for cause

    Seated in front of hundreds of their peers and students, Kristi Canard and Jeanne Roepcke held each other’s hands as the buzz of clippers sounded from the gym floor of Batesville High School Monday morning. “Chin up. Big smile,” Roepcke said, whispering to Canard, student. …

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  • Sadie V. Patterson – Paid Obituary

    Sadie Patterson Sadie V. Patterson, 76, of Batesville died Sunday, March 25, 2012. Born November 3, 1935, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Stanley Barris Sr. and Lena Mattie Neeley Barris. Sadie was the baby of 18 children. She was a member of Friendship …

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  • Jeremy Runyan

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Jeremy Russell “Scrappy” Runyan, 37, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Springfield, Mo. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, having cookouts, grilling, football and spending time with his family. He was a Stone Cold Motorcycle Club Lifer. He was affiliated with Melbourne …

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  • Aron Estes

    CAVE CITY — Aron Roy Estes, 88, of Cave City died Thursday, March 29, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Maxville Cemetery, located north of Cave City. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at …

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  • Citizens Bank, BAAC open art gallery

    Citizens Bank has joined with the Batesville Area Arts Council to display the work of those artists in a gallery recently opened in the bank’s main location downtown, according to a news release. “The BAAC Gallery, located at 246 E. Main St., is home to …

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  • Copper, auto target of thieves

    Suspects have been named in one of two thefts reported to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Thursday. In the first incident, approximately 200 feet of copper wire was reported stolen from a center pivot irrigation system located in the Greenbrier Bottoms area near Locust Grove. …

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  • Slug bug! No punch backs!

    Donetta Sterling “Say Anything” When I was younger, we played a game called “Slug bug” and you punched someone in the arm every time you saw a Volkswagen Beetle car and said, “Slug bug!” Guess what? That game is still alive and kicking, and I …

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  • The power of prayer

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” God has to be smiling. After all, a 4-year-old child has been instrumental in keeping him busy answering prayers for five days in a row. And those pleas have been non stop. In the beginning they were that Caleb …

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  • Titanic: 100 years later and still fascinating

    My fascination with the RMS Titanic began on Sept. 9, 1966. That’s when the premiere of the short-lived ABC science fiction series “The Time Tunnel” plunged its heroes into the middle of that maritime disaster. “The Time Tunnel” has long since slid into obscurity; but …

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  • Immigration fuels population growth

    According to a recent Migratory Policy Institute report, 24 percent of the 70.6 million children living in the United States in 2010 have at least one immigrant parent. The total reflects the overall increase in immigration into the United States but reveals almost nothing about …

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