• 26 graduate YouthBuild

    A program for young people that began last year is once again proving it works. Last week 26 young people earned their high school diplomas and/or construction industry certifications. The second YouthBuild graduation was held in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank and …

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  • Woman charged with passing fake checks

    A Concord woman who claims she opened a bank account for someone else faces a theft by deception charge. Brandi Calhoun is currently incarcerated in the Independence County jail. The 25-year-old is accused of depositing two counterfeit checks at FNBC after she opened an account …

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  • Krug resigns

    Fred Krug has resigned his position as alderman. Krug, who was nearing the end of his fifth term serving Ward 3, Position 1 on the Batesville City Council, turned in his letter of resignation to Mayor Rick Elumbaugh on Thursday. He and his wife, Carole, …

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  • ICED: No funded director

    The Independence County Economic Development Commission  is still working on bringing new businesses to the area despite losing its director and its primary source of funding, the countywide quarter-cent economic development tax. At Wednesday night’s meeting board members discussed a possible new business at the …

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  • Offices to close

    Newark city offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday, recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston said. Monday’s regular trash routes will run Tuesday. Batesville City Hall will be closed, and Tuesday’s trash route will run on Wednesday next week. The Independence County Library …

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  • Missing girl safe

    A 17-year-old Batesville girl, Jessica Aguirre, last seen near the White River Medical Center Wednesday evening, has been located. “The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to advise that Ms. Aguirre has been returned home safely and unharmed,” Sheriff Steve Jeffery said this morning. “We …

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  • Man arrested for beating, stabbing woman 

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Walnut Ridge man was arrested after a woman went to the hospital with stab wounds and bruises, according to Sheriff Jody Dotson. Lacy Burns, 44, was arrested Thursday. Lawrence Memorial Hospital ER called the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office about the woman, …

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  • Southside committee to meet

    SOUTHSIDE — Keep Southside Free from Annexation will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church to discuss options to stop the annexation of the Southside area by the city of Batesville.

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  • Museum fundraiser is Saturday

    The Old Independence Regional Museum will host The Grand Independence Musical Revue fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday in Brown Chapel at Lyon College. Music will be provided by Danny Dozier and Pam Setser, Friendship Baptist Senior Choir, Highlander Youth Singers, and Scott Wood and Larry …

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  • Lyon alum studies marine science in Hawaii

    HIGHLAND — Stephanie Shaw, daughter of Drs. Roger and Donna Shaw of Highland, has begun her graduate assistantship with Dr. Brenda Jensen at Hawaii Pacific University. Shaw, a summa cum laude graduate of Lyon College, received a bachelor of science in biology in May. She …

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  • UACCB welcomes new faculty and staff

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced changes in faculty and staff positions, according to a news release. Polly Wood recently joined the advising center as Title III strengthening institutions grant coordinator/advising specialist. Wood has more than 15 years experience as an …

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  • Technology dominates grants in bank’s education initiative

    Six creative curriculum projects conceived by Batesville educators will be implemented through $15,000 in grants provided by the fourth annual Citizens Bank Education Initiative for the Batesville School District. Since 2011, Batesville educators have benefited from $60,000 in bank grants to implement ideas and projects …

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