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BSD’s Renihan receives Citizens Bank ‘Above & Beyond’ award

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Megan Renihan (pictured above, right, with Ashley Engles, left, of Citizens Bank), communications coordinator for the Batesville School District (BSD), was named Monday as the September recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Batesville School District. Renihan received the honor...

AP: Arkansas reports 16 more virus deaths, 35 more in hospital

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is reporting 16 more deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, and 35 more people hospitalized as the number of new cases continues to rise. The Department of Health on Monday reported that the number of deaths...

Owens named new principal of Cedar Ridge High School

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The Cedar Ridge School Board has named Tracey Owens as the high school’s new principal, the district announced in a Monday afternoon release. Owens started her duties as principal last Wednesday, after Superintendent Dr. Sherry McMasters recommended her for the job at last Tuesday’s board...

Sulphur Rock man jailed after attempted early morning break-ins

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Authorities from the Independence County Sheriff's Department received a report Sunday of a man trying to break into residences in the early morning hours at Sulphur Rock. The man, identified in the incident report as Clint Edward Speakman, 34, of Sulphur Rock, was found at...

Flu shots now available at Independence and Jackson County Health Units

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Beginning today, county health units throughout the state will be providing flu vaccines in preparation for the 2020-2021 flu season, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The ADH says it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, because the flu virus...

Ash Flat woman dies in one-vehicle accident east of Salem

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An 82-year-old Ash Flat woman was killed Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 62, three miles east of Salem in Fulton County. According to the Arkansas State Police preliminary fatality report, the victim, Shirley Bonewits, was a passenger in a 1999 Lincoln driven...

Library offering free access to digital collection for students from Independence County public schools, Lyon College

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Students from all public schools in Independence County as well as Lyon College will now have access to digital materials from the Independence County Library, including over 79,000 eBooks, eMagazines, and audio books. Lyon College students can email the library (info@indolib.com), and provide their full...

Two Batesville men each facing 35 counts over explicit material involving children

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Two separate cases regarding the downloading of explicit material involving children were filed in Independence County Circuit Court this week. Court records say one Arkansas State Police investigation was initiated in March 2020 after authorities received a Cyber Tipline Report that Google had forwarded to...

‘Back the Blue’ event coming to Riverside Park Sept. 29

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A night to honor the law enforcement officials and officers of Independence County is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Batesville’s Riverside Park Pavilion. The group, “Back the Blue of Independence County,” will hold the event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and it will...

Longtime NADC Head Start director retires

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After 49 years of service to the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council's (NADC) Head Start program, Linda Cooper (pictured) of Salem retired this month as Head Start director, the organization said in a release. Hired in March 1971 as a teacher aide at Salem, she became...

Hutchinson delivers statewide coronavirus briefing from UACCB

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson held his statewide coronavirus briefing from the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) on Wednesday afternoon. Kicking off the briefing, Hutchinson noted he had met earlier with Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh, and...