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Welcome to Batesville, Arkansas

Message from the Mayor

Welcome to Batesville's official Web site. Located on the beautiful White River, Batesville is a warm and friendly community with lots to offer its citizens. Batesville is listed in The 100 Best Small Towns in America by Norman Crampton, a nationwide guide to the best in small town living in America, published by the Macmillan General Reference Division of Macmillan Prentice Hall. The Independence County Recycling Program won the Arkansas Community Development Award, and Batesville was selected as Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year because of extensive and effective volunteer programs. Batesville is located in north central Arkansas 90 miles north of the thriving metropolis of Little Rock.

           Whether you are a resident or a former resident, a business friend, a visitor or just curious about our community, we invite you to explore our Web site to discover what makes Batesville a great place to live.

 

Announcements

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The City of Batesville Cemetery Department will be doing a cemetery wide cleanup at Oaklawn Cemetery March 23rd-March 28th.  All flowers and decorations of value or importance need to be removed from the graves before the cleanup begins.  Items that are left on the graves will be disposed of.  Flowers and decorations may be brought back beginning March 29, 2015.

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Batesville Kiwanis Club sponsoring

Kelly Miller Circus

March 29 

2 pm and 5 pm

Riverside Park

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Curia Lodge #144 of cave city will be hosting our 2nd annual "Egg Hunt in the Park" April 4th 2015 at 11am.  This is a family fun and FREE event and will be held at the Cave City Public Park and will include free hotdogs,  drinks, games, prizes and and egg hunt. Everyone is welcome.
-Curia Lodge #144 Free & Accepted Masons of Arkansas
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THE PIPES ARE CALLING

Lyon College will present the 36th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival April 10-12 on the campus.
“We invite everyone to come join us. This should be the biggest and best festival we’ve held yet,” said James Bell, director of the Scottish Heritage Program at Lyon.
Festivities will kick off Friday evening with a Celtic concert featuring the Lyon College pipe band and dancers at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel. One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the Highland Adventure Race on April 11, which features two-person teams competing in a relay race including mountain-trail running, biking, disc golf, orienteering, kayaking, and slacklining. Participants can improve their Adventure Race score by competing in Scottish-themed costumes and winning bonus events that mimic traditional Highland games including Highland dancing, sheaf toss, and asparagus toss, a humorous version of the caber toss.
“We wanted to go with events that the whole community could get involved in,” Bell said.
Cash prizes will be awarded for teams in first, second, and third place. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. The Highland dancing bonus event will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by the sheaf and asparagus toss at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $30 per team, and the event is limited to 15 teams. All teams will receive a complimentary photo and t-shirts. Advance entries are preferred. For more information or to enter, contact Darrell Shaw at 870-307-7529 or email darrell.shaw@lyon.edu or Gina Garrett at 870-307-7557 or gina.garrett@lyon.edu.
Other Saturday festival highlights include a Scottish breakfast and an evening feast and Ceilidh in the Patterson Dining Room, Highland-dancing demonstrations, pipe band, solo piping and drumming competitions, sheepdog demonstrations, children’s games, and British car show. Lyon’s Highlanders Junior Choir, the Lyon College Flute Choir, and Jared Malone and Friends also will provide musical entertainment.
Sunday will feature the traditional Iona outdoor worship service at 9 a.m. The Bonniest Knees Contest, a popular tradition at the festival, will begin at noon. The contest consists of blindfolded women feeling the knees of kilted men to determine whose are the “bonniest.”
The Lyon College Mabee-Simpson Library Book Sale will be held in conjunction with the festival. Proceeds benefit the library. There will be hundreds of books on a variety of subjects available. Hardbacks are $3 each, two for $5, and four for $10; paperbacks, children’s books, DVDs, and CDs are $2 each, three for $5, and seven for $10; and magazines or pamphlets are $0.25 each or five for $1. Library hours during the festival will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday. There will also be an art exhibit called “From 1 to 21” on display on the third floor of the library featuring artwork by children and youth of Lyon College faculty and staff members. Contact (870) 307-7206 or email Camille.beary@lyon.edu for more information.
Admission to the festival, including the Celtic concert, is free. The festival will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12.

For more details on events and a festival schedule, visit www.lyon.edu/scotfest.

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Humane Society of Independence County Launches Shoe Collection

Drive to Raise Money for Spay/Neuter Assistance

 The Humane Society (HSIC) is conducting a shoe collection drive through the week of Monday, May 4, to raise funds for dog and cat spay/neuter assistance in Independence County.  The goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes to earn $1,000.

Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes, sandals, boots, etc., at the Bargain Hound Boutique (Tuesday through Saturday) at 228 Ramsey Street in Batesville.  This would be a great project for schools, churches, or any other groups that would like to help the Humane Society. 

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