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Arkansas woman killed in head-on crash near Branson

A woman from Arkansas was killed in a head-on vehicle collision on Friday, Aug. 5, seven miles north of Branson. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported Carla McSpadden, 50, of Bradford, Arkansas was traveling south in the northbound lane of Highway 65 at 12:14 a.m., when her 2011 Chevrolet Equinox struck a northbound 2021 Dodge Durango head-on, being driven by Crystal Thompson, 42, of Clever.
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BHSC students, teachers celebrate AP scores

Advance placement (AP) scores show Batesville High School Charter students rank above the average Arkansas student and global student in many AP categories. For instance, in AP Calculus, the average BHSC student had a score of 4.5 out of 5. On this year’s exam, six Batesville students out of 10 who took the exam scored a perfect 5 out of 5.
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Newport Police Department names new chief

NEWPORT, Ark. (KAIT) - The city of Newport has a new police chief. In a Tuesday news release shared on social media, the Newport Police Department introduced Larry Dulaney as its new chief. Dulaney has been on the NPD force since 1988. For the last 12 years, he has served...

Hawks prepare for upcoming scrimmage game in Mount Pleasant

Pleasant Grove Hawks Head Coach Josh Gibson spoke to Fox Sports Texarkana about the team’s scrimmage Friday at Mount Pleasant. Head Coach Gibson told Fox Sports Texarkana’s Bob DelGiorno that fans are welcome to come out and support the team. At 6 o’clock both Junior Varsity teams will play for about 50 minutes, one on offense and the other on defense. After the JV game, fans can expect a 15-minute breather.

Obituary: Alla Jean Miller Martin

Alla Jean Miller Martin, 82, of Batesville passed away on August 7, 2022. She was born December 23, 1939, in Zion, Arkansas to Delbert Abner Miller and Lima Hazel Haley Miller. Alla was a member of Ruddell Hill Baptist Church; she loved her church where she taught Sunday school and...

UACCB Career Coach program adds two districts

In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Career Technical Education and partnering districts, the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) has announced new career coach positions for Batesville School District and Cedar Ridge School District. According to a release from UACCB, these two career coaches are “…dedicated to...
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Open casting call for “Nutcracker” 2022

The North Arkansas Dance Theatre, a nonprofit organization, will soon be presenting its 18th annual “Nutcracker.” There will be an open casting call for children and adult roles on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the NADT Dance Academy, 157 West Main, in Batesville, for ages fiveinfinity. No formal dance training is required for these children and adult parts. You do not have to be affiliated with NADTor the NADT Dance Academy to participate, and no one is turned away.

Obituary: Jean Brokaw Bynum

Jean Brokaw Bynum was born on, Saturday, January 27, 1934, to Everett “Cricket” and Oma Rodgers Brokaw at Quarry B in Batesville, Arkansas. She passed from this life on Sunday, August 7, in Batesville, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters, Betty Harris-White, Billie...

L.A.X. - The Liberal Arts Experience podcast series is now available!

What is a liberal arts college? More importantly, what is a liberal arts education?. Those are the exact questions Dr. Wesley Beal, Professor of English at Lyon College, is exploring. But as is always the case when it comes to the liberal arts, a single answer just won’t suffice. Instead, Beal has produced L.A.X. - The Liberal Arts Experience, a 6-episode podcast mini-series that dives into those questions still lingering about at the top of the article, and gives audiences a new perspective into what the liberal arts actually are.

Obituary: Donald “Donnie” Vinson, Jr.

Donald “Donnie” Vinson, Jr., of Newark, Arkansas, departed this life on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the age of 62. He was born October 5, 1959, in Batesville, Arkansas, the son of William Donald Vinson, Sr., and Barbara (McVay) Vinson. On August 5, 1977, Donnie married Miss Essie Jane Murphree, and they spent 45 years raising a family together.

Obituary: Dallas Rolins

Dallas Rolins, 84, of Bethesda passed away on August 9, 2022, at Batesville. He was born October 16, 1937, at Burdette, Arkansas to Virgil and Beatrice Rolins. He was a retired maintenance foreman for Arkansas Lime, an avid horseman and of the Baptist faith. Dallas enjoyed going to the sale barn and fishing.

Pleasant Grove Hawks Offensive Line Call Themselves the Trench Dogs

The Pleasant Grove Hawks Offensive Line call themselves the Trench Dogs. The interior line for the PG football team said it describes the way they play in the trenches. PG’s interior line consist of 1 senior and 5 juniors. Center Matthew Thomas is the senior. Caleb Hackleman, Darell Smith JR, Kaden Allen, Cade Martin and Joseph Bailey round out the Trench Dogs.