• Flags at half-staff for sheriff

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is ordering Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff to honor a sheriff who died while attempting a water rescue during flash flooding last week. Beebe said Tuesday that flags will be flown at half-staff today to honor …

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  • Hog fry marks centennial

    CHARLOTTE — The number 100 was popular on a recent Saturday at the old Coe family homeplace on Coe Lane near Charlotte, where Phillip Coe and others threw a traditional Cherokee Hog Fry to celebrate what he said was the building’s 100th year. And, he …

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  • Southside board approves raise

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board recently approved a $300 bonus/raise for all employees of the district and added $300 on the base of the salary schedule for the 2013-14 school year. One additional year to the classified employee schedule for the 2013-14 school year …

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  • Free Fishing Weekend starts Friday

    Arkansas Outdoors LITTLE ROCK — “The best things in life are free,” the old song tells us, and a strong example is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Free Fishing Weekend, which is from noon on Friday until midnight on Sunday. No licenses will be …

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  • Police chase ends in arrest

    Matthew G. Henry is a runner. The 28-year-old Batesville resident had to stop temporarily, at least until he can make his $20,000 bond. Faced with two felony counts, officials nabbed him Monday when he once again tried to run from officers. On May 17, Cave …

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  • Bank employees graduate

    Newport — Paul W. Barret, Jr. Graduate School of Banking in Memphis recently announced the graduation of Renee Long, vice president of lending at Merchants & Planters Bank in Batesville, and Tristan Rudd, electronic banking coordinator at Merchants & Planters Bank in Newport. Fifty-four students …

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  • Trial date set for teen in Harrisburg school threat

    HARRISBURG (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a former student accused of issuing a threat against Harrisburg High School. The 18-year-old male is to be tried on Sept. 9 for first-degree terroristic threatening. The teenager was a senior when he was …

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  • Program concludes 2-year effort

    The financial offerings of the Citizens for Downtown Batesville (CFDB) program will end on June 30, according to a news release. Citizens Bank created CFDB in 2011, pledging $1 million in below-market interest rate loans and a $15,000 annual commitment in grant funds to help …

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  • Bethesda Day is Saturday

    BETHESDA — Bethesda Day, scheduled for Saturday, will celebrate hometown heroes, according to a news release. A two-mile walk/run will be at 8 a.m. A parade will begin at 10 with lineup starting at 9:30 at Campground Church. Other activities include free children’s games, basketball …

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  • Library board to meet

    The Independence County Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex at Third and College streets to discuss library activities. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Southside Southerners hosting 7-on-7 tourney

    SOUTHSIDE — Ten schools and 12 teams are scheduled to compete in the Southside 7-on-7 Football Tournament on Friday, announced Southerner Coach Kenny Simpson. Southside and Priceville, Ala., will each field two teams. The other schools represented will be Searcy, Central Arkansas Christian, Melbourne, Bald …

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  • Wampus Cats sweep Pioneers

    The Conway Wampus Cats swept the Batesville Pioneers 11-1 and 10-2 Tuesday night at the North Complex in the Pioneers’ first experience in summer high school baseball. The Pioneers were scheduled to host the Marion Patriots for a doubleheader last weekend, but those games were …

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