• Man found shot in chest

    Officers who were called to a shooting Wednesday morning got conflicting information on what actually took place. What they do know is that 73-year-old Gerald Meacham had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and they are still investigating whether it was an accident or an attempted suicide. …

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  • Chamber prepares for 5,000 visitors to area – Businesses asked to show hospitality

    Five thousand visitors are expected to come through Batesville the first weekend of May for the first ever Ian Kinsler Classic baseball tournament and Mark Martin  Fan Appreciation Day — and, according to Scott Sudduth from the Arkansas Hospitality Association Inc., it’s important for businesses …

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  • Counterfeit money reported; suspect sought

    More counterfeit money has turned up, this time, in the form of $5 instead of the more common $20 or $100. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Moody said he was called to Spring Valley Citgo Wednesday and was given the bogus bill. A video showed …

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  • ‘Branson On the Road’ coming to Batesville

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Performing Arts Series will have its final event for the 2013-14 season with Branson On the Road at 7 p.m. April 24 in Independence Hall. Doors will open at 6:30. Tickets are $10 and available at UACCB …

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  • Alleged shoplifter confronted outside store

    An Oil Trough man apparently thought he would just make one large haul out of Walmart but he was confronted with the shopping cart outside the store. The miscellaneous items came to $404.84 and when 30-year-old Matthew Aerni was stopped he returned the items to …

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  • Woman found safe

    NEWPORT — A Jackson County woman reported missing since February has been found safe, according to Sheriff David Lucas. Tasha Marie Garner was reported missing on March 22 after she was last seen on Feb. 18 when she was dropped off at the bus station …

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  • Museum to teach students Dutch oven cooking

    Old Independence Regional Museum was recently awarded a 2014 Heritage Month Grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The theme for Heritage Month is “Come to the Table: Arkansas Foodways.” Old Independence Regional Museum will be celebrating the state cooking vessel of Arkansas — the …

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  • Hankins Store nominated to National Register

    LITTLE ROCK — The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program nominated six Arkansas properties — including the Hankins Store at Oil Trough in Independence County — for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when it met Wednesday. The 1904 Hankins …

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  • LEPC to honor volunteers

    Independence County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a Volunteer Appreciation Supper at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Independence Hall located on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. All local emergency responders throughout the county will be treated to a fish …

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  • The Compassionate Friends to meet Tuesday

    The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville. The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no …

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  • Dealership sets groundbreaking

    Scott Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the dealership’s future location at 1674 Batesville Blvd. The event is open to the public.

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  • Mayor to speak at AARP

    Mayor Rick Elumbaugh will be the guest speaker at the Batesville Chapter AARP monthly luncheon meeting at noon Tuesday at Catfish Wharf in Moorefield. Elumbaugh will discuss recent city news. Members will eat a buffet-style lunch at 11 a.m. AARP is an organization for people …

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