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Batesville votes to form police department

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Elected officials in a northeast Arkansas town have voted to create a police department after more than 20 years without one.

KAIT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1AKrxG7 ) the Batesville City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to re-establish the department. The Independence County Sheriff's Department had been providing law enforcement services since 1981, after the city discontinued its police force.

Alderman Chris Poole says the city pays about $1.2 million annually for the county to provide about two officers on duty. He says the city can staff up to about four for the same amount of money.

The city's contract with the county will expire in six months.

Mayor Rick Elembaugh says city officials will start considering interim police chief candidates and forming the department next year.


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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights continues to shine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Trail of Holiday of Lights continues to shine as more than 60 communities around the state take part to brighten the holiday season.

Twenty-one communities in the Northwest Arkansas area are participating and the events run the gamut from the huge Lights of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, complete with live camel rides, to ice skating at the outdoor rink in Bentonville.

In North Central Arkansas, Batesville shines with over a half-million lights throughout downtown. The striking Cleburne County Courthouse in Heber Springs is decked out again this year, as is the historic court square in Mountain View.

One of the largest light displays is based in the northeast corner of Arkansas. The Lights of the Delta are Blytheville's contribution, with six-million sparklers and more than 48 motion displays.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:



Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street



Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs



Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff



Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

Lyon College Christmas Chorale Concert

The Lyon College Concert Chorale will perform Handel’s Messiah at the annual Christmas Chorale Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Brown Chapel on campus. Audience participation is welcomed. Dr. Michael Oriatti will direct. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

*This article was contributed by a community member, not produced by KTHV-TV. 

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Lyon College presents Festival of Lessons and Carols

The annual "Festival of Lessons and Carols," sponsored by the music department of Lyon College, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Christian Science Society of Batesville at College and 18th streets. The program uses the traditional English format of nine Christmas carols and nine Christmas readings from the Bible. The church features outstanding acoustics and an internationally renowned Dutch pipe organ situated in the rear gallery.

Performing the prelude and four of the carols will be the Lyon College Flute Choir, under the direction of Laura Stinson.  This ensemble is now in its 17th year and numbers roughly 10 flutists.  The group performs on flutes at different pitch, including alto and bass flute.  Its membership includes Lyon students and faculty, as well as community members.

Family finds reason to be thankful amid sorrow

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Even in her final days Margaret McMillin found much to be thankful for.

Good knees were one, The Batesville Daily Guard (http://bit.ly/1FoXCER ) reported.

Except for over the Internet, Keith and Margaret McMillin had never even seen the house that would become their home on Chamblee Drive when they moved from Texas to Batesville in 2005.

"That's what's known as faith," Keith said with a laugh.

When they turned down the street, Margaret was sold. She couldn't get over the trees, or their beauty, Keith remembers. Here, they would be closer to their daughter, Laura Rumans, and two of three grandchildren while son Mark remained in Texas where their oldest grandson, who recently received his Ph.D., also lives.

Coming soon to Batesville area: White River Wonderland!

Coming soon to Batesville area: White River Wonderland!