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Woman refuses to speak during video court appearance

A Briarcliff woman with a history of attacking people both inside and outside the Baxter County jail, and for sitting mute during court appearances continued her silent treatment during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court recently.Twenty-nine-year-old Vanessa Renee Henschel appeared on a video hookup from the McPherson Unit of the state prison system at Newport where she is serving time on an earlier conviction.

Club permits for two Batesville restaurants on city council agenda

The Batesville City Council will consider two ordinances for private club permits at its meeting on Tuesday. Big’s Restaurant (pictured above) at 231 East Main in Batesville is applying for a permit from the Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) division that allows for the serving of alcoholic beverages at an establishment.

Obituary: Lester Eugene Kinard

Lester Eugene Kinard of Grubbs, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at the age of 79. He was born March 28, 1943, at the Long Creek Community, the son of Herman Ralto and Helen Alvia (Bradley) Kinard. He was a 1961 graduate of Grubbs High School and...

Pioneers fall in state semi-finals to end season

It was a beautiful Saturday as the Batesville Pioneers returned to the diamond for their biggest game of the year, looking to upset the defending state champion Van Buren Pointers and secure a trip to the State finals. After a victory on Thursday over El Dorado 8-1 and Friday’s 13-8 win over Sylvan Hills, the stakes were even higher on Saturday with a spot in the state championship on the line.

Open Door Bird Sanctuary presents Raptor Rambles: Discover Daytime Raptors

Jacksonport, Wis. (May 16, 2022) – Open Door Bird Sanctuary is bringing back the Raptor Rambles, a pair of fun and family friendly events. The first event on Friday June 10 will be an opportunity to meet and learn about daytime birds of prey. Between 11am–1pm, you can enjoy a picnic lunch and then take your Raptor map and head out on the trail of discovery. Small groups will find their way to various daytime raptors and more while exploring our unique and easy to walk trails that wind throughout the sanctuary’s 33 acres. The resident raptors will be with a handler who will clue you in on all the cool things about their bird. It’s a great way to see other parts of the sanctuary that you haven’t visited or a great way to discover ODBS for the first time.

First Presbyterian Church to honor Rev. Leslie Roper

First Presbyterian Church of Batesville will celebrate the 15-year tenure of its pastor, Rev. Leslie Bethell Roper (pictured), with a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, in its Fellowship Hall at 8th and College streets in Batesville. The public is invited to attend. The reception...

Obituary: Alvetta Hatfield

Alvetta Hatfield, 89 of Batesville passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. She was born September 8, 1932, in Poughkeepsie, Arkansas to Orvin and Willie Marie Shirley Anderson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Powell’s Chapel Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was preceded in...

Obituary: LaVoyce Wofford

LaVoyce Wofford died on Friday, May 13, 2022, in Batesville, AR at the age of 77. She was born on January 13, 1945, in Lubbock, TX. LaVoyce was married to the love of her life Jeffery Wofford for 58 years and was a loving and caring wife throughout the entirety of their marriage. She was a proud American and was quick to let you know that she enjoyed exercising her right to carry a firearm. She enjoyed cooking and was a hairdresser by trade, earning her cosmetology certificate at an early age. Later in life, she and Jeff helped run the Old South Flea Market on Bethesda Road.

Lady Hawks edge Mabank 7-6

Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks win a thriller by taking the lead late in the game in a 7-6 victory over Mabank. The Lady Hawks Were done 6-2 entering the top of the 7th. When Koller came into score on the RBI by Mackenzie Williams. Hailey Allen hit a double down the left field line. Abi Runion then hit the single over 2nd to make it 6-5. This set up the heroics for Kaylee Gann who doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring the two runs to give the Hawks the 7-6 lead. Lady Panthers had the bottom of the 7th to try to tie It back up, but after a strikeout, and a groundout to The Pitcher Lexi Snyder. On Lexi Snyder’s 362nd pitch of the Series she got a fly out to the Left Fielder Ann Lindsay to end the game and the series.

United Way expands FoodShare token program to Jacksonport

There will be a second Farmer’s Market in Door County where you can use your FoodShare dollars this summer. The United Way of Door County announced this week that it would be offering its token program at the Jacksonport Farmer’s Market this year in addition to the Sturgeon Bay Farm Market. Foodshare/Snap beneficiaries can exchange their funds for one-dollar tokens that can be redeemed for eligible items at participating vendors. By increasing access to locally grown produce, Community Impact Coordinator Shauna Blackledge says the token program is a win-win for everybody.

Lyon College confers 145 degrees to 2022 graduating class

Lyon College confers 145 degrees to 2022 graduating class. Keynote speaker Dr. Brooks Blevins, ‘92, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies in the history department at Missouri State University, used the life stories of three Lyon alumni to illustrate the value of perseverance, patience and pragmatism: detailing the turbulence that Lyon College has faced, yet highlighting what it means to survive.

Ford named chief lending officer at First Community

Longtime First Community Bank employee Dwight Ford has been promoted to executive vice president, chief lending officer. In his new role, he will lead and direct the institution’s overall loan portfolio. With 27 years of experience in banking, Ford joined First Community Bank in 2007 and he most recently served as executive vice president, chief credit officer, the bank said in a release.