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Oaks 7 Cinema in Batesville to re-open next month; new seats, sound, and more planned

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Work will soon begin on a major revamp for the area's only multi-screen theater, the Oaks 7 Cinema at 2250 Harrison St. in Batesville. The theater closed earlier this month after the Oaks II Center did not renew its lease with the cinema's previous tenant,...

Melba to host ‘Talladega Nights’ screening with NASCAR legend Mark Martin

The Melba Theater in Batesville will be having some NASCAR fun with a special screening of the Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Sunday, April 15, with special guest, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin. The event is a benefit for Batesville High School's...

ASU-Newport to feature ‘shattered glass’ workshop

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Students can take broken glass and turn it into art at Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN).  Local artist Julie Reardon is coming to ASUN to teach both children and adults to create unique creations from shattered glass. The class, “Spring is in the Air,” is scheduled...

‘Mr. Southerner Beauty’ contest rescheduled for March 13 in Southside

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Men, be sure to check your pantyhose for runs. That is if you are a contestant in the Mr. Southerner Beauty contest. The event, which was originally scheduled for January, will be held Tuesday, March 13, at the Southside Middle School Cafeteria beginning at...

Pumpkin Patch to benefit Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches

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The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches (ASYR) is holding its second annual Pumpkin Patch, and this year visitors will have the full month of October to enjoy it. Presented by First Community Bank, the event includes one pumpkin per visitor and free access to activities such...

CNN ranks The Skillet in Mountain View as one of the ten best restaurants across America for Thanksgiving

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If you're looking to celebrate Thanksgiving without the hassle of cooking and cleaning, CNN is recommending The Skillet restaurant in Mountain View as one of the ten best restaurants in the country to enjoy all the delicious turkey day fare. The Skillet is located...

Historic Main Street Batesville building transformed into a modern, luxury hotel

Photo from The Royal on Main Facebook page A historic commercial building that was built in 1897 has been transformed into a luxury modern hotel in downtown Batesville. The Royal on Main is located on Main Street and has eight modern, luxury suites. Each suite includes a mixture...

‘Roots and Boots: An Evening with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye’ coming to ASU-Newport

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Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye are scheduled to appear as part of ASU-Newport’s Patron Series at the Center for the Arts, located at 7648 Victory Blvd. in Newport. The event will be Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. Entitled “Roots and Boots,” the...

‘The Darkness’ — Main Street Batesville’s haunted house returning this Halloween season

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The masterminds and fear experts at Batesville’s The Darkness are working overtime to give you the scare of a lifetime, according to the folks at Main Street Batesville (MSB). The Darkness exists within "the cavernous, winding rooms of an old industrial complex at 570 Stadium...

Drone footage of Riverside Park in Batesville

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Riverside Park in Batesville, Ark. is one of the prettiest Christmas displays in the state. The display was revealed on November 22, 2017 and cars have been touring the park nonstop.  Visitors can walk through the display and even enjoy a carriage ride. Drone footage...

Congrats to Miss Historic Batesville for being selected Miss Arkansas 2018

Miss Historic Batesville was selected Saturday night in Little Rock as Miss Arkansas 2018.  22-year-old Claudia Raffo (above) is a 2017 graduate of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, her hometown. She is a student at the UAMS School of Pharmacy. Miss Raffo’s platform was: ...