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Batesville Foundation donates money to IMPACT Independence County

Batesville Foundation donates money to IMPACT Independence County

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The Batesville Independence County Economic Development Foundation (BICEDF) Board of Directors has voted to help fund the efforts of the IMPACT Independence County strategic planning initiative.

Visually impaired woman awarded Consumer of the Year

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Department of Human Services) - Renee Meeler of Batesville, who is visually impaired, has been named the area’s outstanding Consumer of the Year by the Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind (DSB).

Meeler is employed as a Program Eligibility Supervisor with DHS Division of County Operations Access Arkansas Processing Center in Batesville. She was involved in the center’s inception four years ago.

DSB Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Darline Tucker nominated her for the achievement award because of her determination to overcome adversity and succeed at work. “Mrs. Meeler has worked in one capacity or another with DHS for the past 27 years, which is an exemplary accomplishment in my opinion and serves as a testament to her impressive work ethic and dedication.”

BACC to hold main street loft ribbon cutting

BACC to hold main street loft ribbon cutting

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Main Street Loft on Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m.

The ribbon cutting will be held in conjunction with the mayor’s monthly meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. The Main Street Loft is an event venue located on the third floor of the Barnett Building at 267 E. Main St. in Batesville.

The Main Street Loft is now available for event rentals. To reserve the space, call Main Street Batesville at (870) 698-1555. 

BACC to open Afterglow 5k registration

BACC to open Afterglow 5k registration

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce) — The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold registration for the Afterglow 5k from Monday, June 1, until Friday, Aug. 28. 

The Afterglow 5k will be held at Riverside Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. Participants can register online at www.afterglowrace.com.

The Afterglow 5k starts and finishes at Riverside Park in Batesville, Ark. This 3.1-mile course is somewhat hilly and contains black light zones, loud music and glowing surprises along the way. The Afterglow 5k accommodates racers of all skill levels and encourages fun for all. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest racers and the most creative and enthusiastic participants.

For further information, please contact Mandi Curtwright at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at (870) 793-2378 or at mandi.curtwright@mybatesville.org

Breastmilk collection depot to open in Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. (ADH) - The Independence County Health Unit, located at 120 Weaver Avenue, 80 miles northeast of Little Rock, is planning a grand opening on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate and promote Batesville's new donor breastmilk collection depot. Local healthcare professionals and members of the community are welcome to attend and learn more about milk donation.

Independence County Health Unit is the fourth donor breastmilk drop off location in Arkansas and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donor milk is safely stored in a freezer before being shipped overnight to Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT) where it is thawed, pasteurized, packaged and dispensed by physician prescription to NICUs and medically needy babies at home.

Lyon receives grant from the Winthrop Rockefelller Foundation

Lyon receives grant from the Winthrop Rockefelller Foundation

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon)- A grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation will help young men attending Lyon College become leaders in Arkansas.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation awarded Lyon $125,000 to fund the “Spragins Scholars: Transforming Men from Low-Income Backgrounds into Leader-Advocates for Arkansas” program. The grant will support academic, leadership, professional, and social development programming for low-income male students. The goal is to help marginalized young men become leaders in their communities across the state. The grant will be paid in four annual installments from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019.

Sheriff: Woman's body found in northeast Arkansas river

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Arkansas say a woman's body has been found in the White River.

Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery says the body was found Thursday near Batesville. He told the Batesville Daily Guard that a person gathering driftwood called around 7:30 a.m. to say the body of an adult woman was in the river.

Her cause of death is unclear. Jeffery declined to comment on other details about the case.

The body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock. State officials will work to identify the woman and determine how she died.

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