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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Memorial Dog Park opens; ‘In the memory of Sara Elizabeth Low – enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!’

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When Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh stepped to the podium last Friday to begin the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest addition to the city's park system, he was greeted with not only lots of cheers from the crowd, but also plenty of excited barks. The mayor,...

DEM-GAZ: Excel Boat Company expanding Mountain View plant

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A day after the company reported a $9 million investment in a new plant in rural Tennessee, Mountain View-based Excel Boat Company is now expanding its Mountain View plant, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. (Read the Dem-Gaz article here.) Dave Reynolds, national sales manager for...

Independence County JP speaks at Batesville City Council meeting

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At Tuesday's Batesville City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said he would be willing to meet with the county and discuss their city-county issues, but the mayor wants all Independence County cities to participate as well. A new member to the Independence County Quorum Court...

Peco Foods closing 3 Mississippi locations, expanding others

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CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A family-owned Mississippi poultry company said Thursday it is closing three of its locations in the state, while expanding operations at two other locations and a third in Pocahontas, Ark. Multiple news outlets report Peco Foods’ Mississippi facilities in Brooksville, Canton,...

Citizens Bank employees help make Christmas bright

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Featured image: Citizens Bank employees (from left) Jasmine Hilliard, Laura Vanmalden, Cindi Griffin, and Randy Seale place items in bags for delivery to Batesville area nursing home residents. The prospect of nursing home residents feeling lonely and isolated during the holiday season inspired a group...

BREAKING: Batesville School Board postpones special election

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The Batesville School Board of Directors gathered this afternoon to discuss the millage vote set for April 14. The special election was postponed to a later date to be determined by a unanimous decision of those directors present. "They decided that out of an abundance...

Independence County Quorum Court refuses to consider private club application; county attorney says court not responsible for approval

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In a special meeting Thursday, the Independence County Quorum Court refused to approve an application for a private club permit. It accepted county attorney Eric Hance’s interpretation of the state law enacted in 2017 that changed the procedure for obtaining a private club permit. Hance said...

Southside athletic physicals begin Wednesday

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Kristie Jenkins, the district wellness coordinator for the Southside School District, has announced that Southside athletic physicals will begin tomorrow, June 17, for girls entering grades 7 through 12, and Thursday for boys entering grades 7 through 12. The physicals will be in the...

Official: Storm system that hit Sulphur Rock could have been a microburst

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Independence County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Glen Willis says the thunderstorm that erupted in and near Sulphur Rock yesterday could have been a microburst.    A microburst is defined by the weather service as an intense small-scale downdraft produced by a thunderstorm or rain shower....

New open burning regulations on agenda for Batesville City Council meeting

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An ordinance adopting regulations for open burning within the city limits is on the agenda for Tuesday's Batesville City Council meeting. The ordinance notes the city of Batesville has a responsibility to regulate open burning "to protect the health and welfare of the citizens of...

HBO doc on Arkansas meth use features rehab center with local ties

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The newly released HBO documentary, Meth Storm, focuses on meth addiction in rural Arkansas, and the film includes a look at a year-long faith-based rehabilitation center based out of Perry County with ties to the WhiteRiverNow.com region. The center, Renewal Ranch, was started about five...