Batesville Area Information, Attractions, and Links

Batesville Arkansas is a growing and prosperous community, that provides the people who live, work, and retire here with an excellent quality of life. This is a result of a concentrated effort and a good working relationship among the city, county, and Chamber of Commerce. This beautiful area, located in the foothills of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, provides an atmosphere of cooperative growth and development. We invite you to let us show you why Batesville has attained the reputation of being one of the most progressive areas in the state. Batesville is also listed in The 100 Best Small Towns in America by Norman Crampton, a nationwide guide to the best in small town living in America. 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 Area Schools

University of Arkansas Community College University of Arkansas Community College
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Lyon College Lyon College
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Batesville High School Batesville High School
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Southside School District Southside School District
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Batesville Utilities

Gas:
Centerpoint Energy
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Electricity:
Entergy
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Water:
City of Batesville Water Dept.
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Trash Services:
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Explore Independence

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The Melba theater was originally constructed as a mercantile store. It was eventually remodeled in Art deco style and reopened in 1940 to become one of the Arkansas' first cinemascope theaters. Though the theater closed in the early 1990s, repairs and alterations were made and it reopened in 2000. In 2015, just before the theater had to close its doors again, it was purchase with the goal of renewing this historic treasure. The downtown Main Street business district, which includes the Melba Theater, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Main Street Batesville

With Batesville being one of the oldest cities in Arkansas, our historic downtown Main Street has much to offer. Check out the website to explore our events and shopping.

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Old Independence Regional Museum

Old Independence Regional Museum The building that houses the museum was constructed by the WPA in 1936 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been restored, and opened as a museum in 1998. Its interior architecture is expansive and modern. Its exhibits are interpretive and educational.

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Ozark Gateway

This Website takes you on the journeys to be had in and around Independence County. There is no shortage of beauty to be seen in our Natural State.

Community Center

Between our newly built muli‐million dollar community center and our large baseball and soccer complex, your family will have their pick of activities.

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Annually in April, the Arkansas Scottish Festival has gone from being an obscure fair in the foothills of the Ozarks to one of the best-known Scottish festivals in the South. Pipe bands, solo pipers, drummers, dancers, athletes, Celtic performers, clan representatives, and vendors have traveled from all corners of the country to attend and participate in the event. Established in 1980 as the Highland Games, the festival is emblematic of the College, its Scottish heritage, and its Presbyterian connection. Over the years, the festival has grown from a small Scottish fair to one of the top competition venues in the South Central United States.

RANKED #7 OF “THE TOP 100 THINGS TO DO IN ARKANSAS” BY AY MAGAZINE, THE ARKANSAS SCOTTISH FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE APRIL 12-14.