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Batesville, City of Hospitality, is located on the white river and has a population of over 9 000. Batesville has natural resources such as water, minerals and timber.

In early days, Batesville was an important port on the White River and served as an entry point to the interior of northern Arkansas. Batesville became the county seat in 1821. On 25 September 1836, shortly after Arkansas was granted its statehood, Governor Conway incorporated Batesville Academy, the state's first academy.

Batesville currently has only one high school within the city limits, Batesville High School. Also, Batesville is the home of Lyon College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and noted for the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival each spring. In addition, the city is home to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), and NASCAR driver Mark Martin. It contains three National Register Historic Districts and many properties separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in Norman Crampton's book The 100 Best Small Towns in America.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Rick Elumbaugh
Clerk/Treasurer Denise Johnston
Assistant To Mayor Jennifer Corter
District Judge Chaney Taylor
City Attorney Timothy Meitzen
Police Chief Alan Cockrill
Fire Chief (Vacant)
Loss Control Director Chris Cash
Sanitation Superintendent Jason Jones
Street Superintendent Johnny Coles
Building Inspector Tim Conyers
City Engineer Damon Johnson
Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure
Airport Manager Justin Thompson
Information Technology Director David Webb
Parks, Recreation Director Jeff Owens
Cemetery Johnny Abbott
Council Member Brittany Bennett
Council Member Thomas Bryant
Council Member Scott Fredricks
Council Member Julie Hinkle
Council Member Paige Hubbard
Council Member Fred Krug
Council Member Douglas Matthews
Council Member Chris Poole
Human Resources Director Chris Cash

City Facts

County: Independence

Population: 11,191

Senate District: 19

House District: 63

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

500 E. Main St.

Phone: (870) 698-2400

Fax: (870) 698-2406

Second Tuesday

Web Site: Official Web Site


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