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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 1, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Connie Phillips, Veterans Outreach Ministries research specialist, and her husband, Butch, helped get the Veterans Outreach Thrift Store off the ground. The resale store, located in Southside, helps fund the organization’s efforts to help veterans obtain benefits.

Resale store to support Veterans Outreach efforts

SOUTHSIDE — Veterans Outreach Ministries, a nonprofit that helps veterans obtain benefits and services, has celebrated the grand opening of the organization’s first resale store, which is in Southside. “We had veterans driving all the way to Searcy to see [our office],” said Connie Phillips, Veterans Outreach Ministries research specialist. “In the process, my husband said, ‘We need a resale store.’” The Veterans Outreach Thrift Store, in a strip mall at 1699 Batesville Blvd., contains “a little bit of everything,” including furniture, appliances, toys and clothing, Phillip... READ MORE

Derby Day to raise funds for CASA By SYD HAYMAN

NEWPORT — Gateway CASA, which serves the 3rd Judicial District, will bring the Kentucky Derby closer to home with the organization’s first Derby Day fundraiser, which will take place from 3-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Newport Country Club.

Graduations scheduled for high schools

Following are dates for graduations for high schools in the Three Rivers Edition coverage area:

Master Gardeners dig in to offer annual plant sale By SYD HAYMAN

BATESVILLE — Vegetables, annuals, perennials and advice on how to maintain their growth will be available at the Independence County Master Gardeners annual plant sale, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Arkansas National Guard Armory in Batesville.

Panthers coach leads team to state title By MARK BUFFALO

CABOT — Coaching has been a family affair for Cabot’s Jerry Bridges.

Progress continues on new community, aquatics center HANNA KELLER/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BATESVILLE — Residents of Batesville can see the results of the Community Development Tax Initiative they passed in 2012 as the new community center and aquatics facility progresses toward completion.

‘Gym rat’ is girls player of the year By MARK BUFFALO

SEARCY — A year ago, it was Eryka Johns of Riverview High School who took home a lot of big awards for the Lady Raiders. This year, it was Madison Riley’s turn.

Injured Cedar Ridge guard has record-breaking season ERICK TAYLOR/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEWARK — Cedar Ridge’s Isaac Middlebrooks has seen a number of standout players throughout his career as a head basketball coach, but he admitted he’s never coached one quite like Austin Reaves.

Outreach center to help build life skills By SYD HAYMAN

SEARCY — New Horizons International Ministries founders Robert and Sharon Underwood have 20 years of experience working with the homeless or near homeless, but after finding that some forms of help have immediate but temporary results, they decided to aim for a more long-term project.