State highways in need of dollars – AHTD to become ARDoT next month

June 21, 2017 Soon, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will be no more. In a few weeks it will be replaced with the Arkansas Department of Transportation, or simply ARDoT. Coming along for that change is District 5 Engineer Bruce Street. Street was the last guest to speak to the Batesville Rotary Club at Kelley Wyatt’s before they started their new club year with … Continue reading State highways in need of dollars – AHTD to become ARDoT next month

Living the dream – Sharp County’s farm family has made farming a full-time job

June 20, 2017 Colton Asberry may be young, but he’s already an old hand at farming. He’s been working his own farm full-time for seven years, and has been doing farm work since he was a child at his parents’ farm. “I was raised from a small child in farming and that’s all I ever done,” said Colton, 28. After graduating from Cave City High … Continue reading Living the dream – Sharp County’s farm family has made farming a full-time job

Pocahontas Downtown Playhouse showcases passion of actors

June 14, 2017 While it may be more than an hour from Batesville, the general manager of The Downtown Playhouse in Pocahontas wants you to know it’s worth the trip. “I think the Downtown Playhouse is one of the biggest secrets in northeast Arkansas [that’s] starting to get out now,” said Downtown Playhouse Manager Kelly Grooms. “We sold four season tickets for our first season … Continue reading Pocahontas Downtown Playhouse showcases passion of actors

For home delivery, many women turn to midwives – Regulations could lead to more unassisted births at home, practitioners say

June 13, 2017 When Brianna Crabtree of Batesville decided she wanted to have a natural birth, she began to look outside of the hospital system. Crabtree, and many women like her, felt that going to a hospital for delivery would take control from them and put it in the hands of an obstetrician. Worse, if she found an obstetrician who was natural-birth friendly, there was … Continue reading For home delivery, many women turn to midwives – Regulations could lead to more unassisted births at home, practitioners say

Sunny weather expected for Food Truck Friday

June 8, 2017 The food trucks are going to give it another go. Area food trucks will be descending on Riverside Park Friday to sell lunch and dinner. With Friday predicted to be both sunny and pleasant, with a high of 82 degrees, it looks like a good day to spend outside. “The rain this year has unfortunately spoiled several events scheduled so far,” said … Continue reading Sunny weather expected for Food Truck Friday

Chamber looks to revamp city’s brand

June 7, 2017 What jumps to mind when you hear someone say “Batesville?” That’s the question that chamber of commerce Tourism Director Kyle Christopher wants to answer. Christopher spoke to the Batesville Kiwanis Club Friday at Kelley Wyatt’s Restaurant. His topic: Branding Batesville. “Branding is a thing that is going to come,” Christopher said, adding that the city may have a brand by the end … Continue reading Chamber looks to revamp city’s brand

Peco covers chickens, from hatching to death

June 7, 2017 Chickens hatched into a Peco hatchery in the Batesville area will likely spend their entire lives within the area’s Peco facilities, according to Peco Live Operations Manager Rusty Langle. Langle gave the Batesville Rotary Club an overview of the company and an update on its Pocahontas operations at their weekly meeting at Kelley Wyatt’s in Batesville. “My job is to make sure … Continue reading Peco covers chickens, from hatching to death

Meeting SharpCo’s challenges head on – Spring River ambulance strives to keep modern while still saving lives

May 26, 2017 ASH FLAT — For emergency medical technicians in Sharp County, the geography can be a challenge. Unlike most other counties in Arkansas, it is long and narrow, without a convenient geographical center. It’s also very rural, with a very low population density, and neighbors sometimes are miles apart. Many of the roads are not paved and low-water bridges that are prone to … Continue reading Meeting SharpCo’s challenges head on – Spring River ambulance strives to keep modern while still saving lives

Sunshine a growing energy option, says director of state’s utility regulator

May 22, 2017 Solar power is being embraced in Arkansas, according to John Bethel, executive director of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Bethel was speaking to the Batesville Rotary Club last week, explaining what the commission does and and discussing energy developments around the state, including the ongoing case involving the Independence Power Plant at Newark. “The Public Service Commission is the state agency that … Continue reading Sunshine a growing energy option, says director of state’s utility regulator

‘Southern Fried’ – Rex Nelson shares humor, insight about Arkansas

May 18, 2017 Rex Nelson knows Arkansas. He has served the state in different fields — educational, political and financial — and he loves sharing his insights about those things, as well as Arkansas’ own culture. Nelson brought his brand of humor and insight to the Batesville Kiwanis Club Friday. He spoke about different aspects of his life, but mainly focused on what he called … Continue reading ‘Southern Fried’ – Rex Nelson shares humor, insight about Arkansas