• Batesville School to begin new year Aug. 20

    Batesville School District classes will begin Aug. 20. Superintendent is Dr. Randy Willison. Assistant superintendent is Harvey Howard. Director of curriculum and instruction is Pam Brooks. School board members are Paul Hance, president, Rodney Stroud, vice president, Jennifer Emery, secretary, George Latus, Scott Fredricks, Scott …

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  • 2012 Fulton Co. Fair — ‘It’s An American Tradition’

    SALEM — The Fulton County Fair will be held Monday through Aug. 11 in Salem. “It’s An American Tradition” is the theme of the six-day event. Creative arts exhibits will be checked in before the fair opens and will be accepted from 10 a.m. to …

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  • Club News

    Ruff Riders 4-H Club ASH FLAT — Several members of the Ruff Riders 4-H Club attended the state 4-H horse show, held July 19 at Searcy. Winners include Kyle Manning, third, gaited pleasure; and Shaina Manning, seventh, stake race, and second, gaited pleasure. Kaitlyn Coursey …

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  • Blanchard explorers to present program

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The “Blanchard Exploration with Handford and Hill” program will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater near Blanchard Campground, located off Highway 14 in the Ozark National Forest, 15 miles northwest of Mountain View near the town of Fifty Six. …

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  • Pearson, Townsend to exchange vows

    David Townsend and Christine Pearson, both of Batesville, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Lela Pearson of Batesville and David Lay of Cleveland, Okla. The groom is the son of Debra Johnson of Batesville and Dave Townsend of …

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  • Somewhere in Texas

    It is amazing what all you can accomplish on a mini-vacation. Last week we set out for parts unknown for some much needed rest and relaxation. When the proprietor sent us directions on how to get there, complete with a last stop for food memo, …

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  • State oversight of fracking

    I first heard about fracking (the drilling of natural-gas wells using a method known as hydraulic fracturing) in 2009 when environmental advocates charged that natural-gas drilling could endanger New York City’s water resources. I lived in the city at that time, so the news that …

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  • Husbands: The gorillas in our midst

    Do women have keener ears when it comes to children? I was at the zoo recently where I witnessed a scenario that made me both frustrated and empathetic toward men. As my kids and I were exiting the gorilla habitat we walked past a dad …

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  • Confederates keeping Union in check

    One hundred fifty years ago, both the Confederate and federal armies in Arkansas were preparing for a long military standoff. As Confederate Commander Thomas Hindman directs the daily operations of his worn soldiers, the Federal army in and around Helena fine-tune their camps and find …

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  • ‘Fierce Five’ soar into Olympic history

    LONDON — For 16 years, the Magnificent Seven defined the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics program, setting the standard by which every American team is judged. There is gold. And there is everything else. Now — finally — there is the team known as the “Fierce …

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  • Thread connects UA, Penn State woes

    LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas’ firing of football Coach Bobby Petrino was back in the news last week as sports journalists struggled to rank athletic department scandals following the disaster within Penn State’s football program. One thread connecting them is the need to …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Olympics LONDON (AP) — Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4×200-meter freestyle relay. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in …

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