• Student receives scholarship

    HEBER SPRINGS — Danita Hayes, a student at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, recently received a $300 Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs scholarship, according to a news release. Hayes received the award based on academic success, and her contributions to Student …

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  • Whoever is responsible, it’s not the guns

    Who should be watching for the people who would do such tragic, horrible things as senselessly slaughter young children in their classrooms, such as happened last week in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.? In that particular case, it appears it was the shooter’s first …

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  • Sacrifices to the gun worshippers

    Journalists often exaggerate by using the phrase “shattered lives.” But when it comes to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it isn’t an exaggeration. What parent in their worst dreams could EVER think that when they kissed their little child goodbye in the morning, two …

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  • Abortion doesn’t unrape you

    After two GOP Senate candidates saw their campaigns implode following their controversial comments about abortion and rape, some Republicans have encouraged their party to de-emphasize abortion. But anti-abortion leaders disagree. Faced with polls saying eight in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal when a …

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  • USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

    WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly …

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  • Lyon hires VP for advancement

    Lyon College has hired a new vice president for institutional advancement, according to a news release. Jon Vestal will begin the position Feb. 3. His duties will include securing philanthropic gifts, aligning all institutional advancement activities with the college’s mission and strategic priorities and working …

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  • Club News

    The Batesville 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on Dec. 11 at the Independence County Extension Office. Five members, five guests and two leaders were present. The club discussed recent activity involvement, including volunteer work at the Independence County Fairgrounds during Christmas Brings Hope, float …

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  • Phillips named Main Street Arkansas director

    LITTLE ROCK — Greg Phillips, a 15-year veteran of the Main Street Arkansas downtown development program, has been named the new director of Main Street Arkansas, according to Frances McSwain, Arkansas Historic Preservation program director. Phillips has been assistant director of the Main Street Arkansas …

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  • Ashley, Baughn to exchange vows

    CONWAY — Dennie and Elizabeth Ashley of Conway have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Denise Ashley, to Alex Baughn, son of Stephen and Angela Baughn of Russellville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lavern Ashley and the late Drew Ashley and …

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  • Hayden Travis Penn

    Travis and Lindsey Penn of Cave City have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Dec. 16, 2012. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Hayden Travis Penn. Grandparents of the child are Matt and Kay …

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  • Family & Friends Brief

    The congregation of Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville will have a Christmas candlelight service for the community at 5 p.m. Sunday in the church’s sanctuary. The service will feature Christmas music, a Christmas message by the Rev. Ronnie Toon, association missionary for the Independence Baptist …

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  • Weekend Events

    Upcoming weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, December 21 – Sunday, December 23, 2012.

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