• Bank welcomes new mortgage lender

    Pam Heigle has joined the mortgage lending team at Merchants and Planters Bank, according to a news release. A mortgage lender with more than nine years experience, Heigle will offer options to customers looking to purchase or refinance their homes through the bank’s secondary mortgage …

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  • Bank hires 5

    First Community Bank has promoted five employees from the organization’s Batesville region, according to Dale Cole, bank chairman and chief executive officer. “First Community Bank is very fortunate to have an incredible team of professional bankers,” Cole said. Heather Fulbright, a 12-year employee, has been …

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  • Diabetes group plans 2 meetings

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center North Central diabetes center will hold a support group meeting at noon at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce and 5 p.m. at the Bad Boy Mowers conference room, 102 Industrial Drive, Batesville, on Thursday …

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  • NADC to discuss grants

    The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Italian Grill in Batesville. Agenda items include a quarterly report, discussion of a Head Start grant and monitoring reports. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Government strikes out against Clemens

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Bonds. Guilty on a technicality. At least that’s how much of the public sees it. It’s all that came out of a seven-year investigation into baseball’s home run king. Lance Armstrong. Not even prosecuted. A two-year, multi-continent investigation brought to a …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  —  A federal judge has stricken the Arkansas law that allowed students to transfer outside their home school districts. The ruling creates doubts for thousands of students and their families about which school they will attend in the fall. Legislative leaders are studying …

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  • Lessons from a boiling frog

    If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it jumps out. But if you put a frog in cool water and gradually turn up the heat, the frog will boil to death without ever trying to escape. The same thing happens to …

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  • 150 years ago: Order No. 17 made to protect

    It was quite simple. One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas was under attack by a foreign enemy of Northern soldiers now busily entrenching themselves into a fortified position on the Mississippi River in Helena. Meanwhile Thomas C. Hindman was busy organizing Arkansas’ defenses from …

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  • Scott, Tosh to wed

    CAVE CITY — Kent Tosh and Devin Scott, both of Cave City, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stacy Lopez and James Scott. The prospective groom is the son of Kenneth Tosh and Cindy Chastain. The couple will …

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  • Ganns to celebrate 60th anniversary

    POUGHKEEPSIE — William Harvey and Florene Gann will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception at noon Saturday at Cave City Community Center. Florene Dorris and William Harvey Gann were married June 23, 1952. Mr. Gann is a retired timber worker. Mrs. Gann is …

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  • Blanchard announces activities

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns has several activities planned this week. • 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, amphitheater — Arkansas: The Rivers That Run Through It. Arkansas rivers offer lots of contrast: warm to cool, smooth to rough. This slide program examines the waters of the …

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  • Court upholds prisoner’s $813K payment

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An appeals court has upheld an $813,000 damage award to a former federal prison inmate in Arkansas who sued the federal government after he had to wait a month for treatment for a broken ankle and fibula. The 8th U.S. Circuit …

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