• Club News

    Daughters of the American Revolution The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its September meeting in the Rider Room, First Community Bank, Batesville. The meeting was called to order by Anne Moore, chapter regent, who welcomed members and guests. The Ritual was …

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  • Arkansas Library Association to hold conference

    HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas Library Association will hold its annual conference and trade show Oct. 5 through 8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The conference is expected to draw more than 300 attendees from public, school, academic and special libraries throughout Arkansas and …

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  • Service News

    Private 2 Shayna Johnson of Batesville recently enlisted into the Arkansas Army National Guard and has earned education benefits valued at $50,420. She will attend basic training followed by her military job school at Fort Lee, Va. Upon returning to Arkansas, Johnson will serve with …

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  • Democrats donate contribution

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Democratic Party of Arkansas says it will donate the $4,000 given to the state party by former Sen. Paul Bookout of Jonesboro. Last week, the Arkansas Ethics Commission released documents detailing campaign spending by Bookout, who resigned last month after …

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  • Legislators to get update on steel mill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Legislators are to gather in West Memphis to get an update from the top executive behind an effort to put a $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County. The Insurance and Commerce Committee is to meet at 10 a.m. at …

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  • Velma Hoffman

    Velma Webb Hoffman, 84, of Batesville, formerly of Newport, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Born June 9, 1929, in Thida, she was the daughter of Lester and Gladys Nelson Webb. She was a graduate of Arkansas Teaching College, where she worked in the kitchen while …

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  • Walter Beede Jr.

    Walter M. Beede Jr., 83, of Batesville died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Born May 8, 1930, in Beedeville, he was the son of Walter M. Beede Sr. and Eva Smith Beede. He married Betty Sue Wood on March 6, 1954. He was owner and operator …

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  • Why viewers flock to ‘Duck Dynasty’

    Like millions of Americans, I’ve become a “Duck Dynasty” fan. “Duck Dynasty,” as you surely are aware, is an A&E reality show that presents the Robertson clan, the long-bearded owners and operators of Duck Commander in West Monroe, La. Duck Commander hand-makes duck calls. The …

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  • Federal court rules Facebook ‘likes’ are protected speech

    Back in 2009, Hampton, Va., Sheriff B.J. Roberts was running for re-election. He won — and promptly fired six employees who, he said, had supported his opponent. Among the offending actions? Clicking “Like” on his opponent’s Facebook page. Politics, most would say. Nothing new about …

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  • Control of state was divided in war

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Federal army was settling in Little Rock and Pine Bluff after a hard march from Helena in the summer of 1863, culminating into several skirmishes and battles, and by late September, the blue-clad soldiers were at last in their …

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  • Lady Cougars win district golf title

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Lady Cougars claimed the 1A-4 District Tournament title in high school golf Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk with a 30-stroke victory over the Armorel Lady Tigers. Jordan Sherrell led the Lady Cougars and won the tournament medal with a 102. Falyn …

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  • Undefeated Junior Pioneers face first district test

    The Batesville Junior Pioneers enter 5A-East District play Thursday at Pioneer Stadium with a 3-0 record after three blowout performances against the Class 6A Annie Camp Whirlwinds, Searcy Junior Cubs and MacArthur Cyclones. The Junior Pioneers have outscored their opponents 104-26, led by freshman tailback …

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