• JPs whittle ’15 budget

    After several meetings, the Independence County Quorum Court budget committee had managed to whittle the projected $600,000 shortfall for the 2015 budget down on Monday, by transferring funds from departments and borrowing from the juvenile detention center. The budget will now move on to the …

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  • Man on four-wheeler reported missing

    The public’s help is being sought in finding a Sunset Ridge man who has been missing since late Tuesday afternoon. The Independence County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 27-year-old Brian Mohlke, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with black hair and brown …

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  • Cave City man charged with gun possession

    Faulty lights on his truck led to the arrest of 35-year-old Shawn M. Price of Cave City for being a felon in possession of a firearm on the night of Nov. 25. Independence County Deputy Chris Toland was on patrol when he met a truck …

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  • Museum honors docents for service

    The tables might have been adorned with small Charlie Brown Christmas trees, but Monday’s docent appreciation luncheon showed the true meaning of volunteerism has not gone unnoticed by those who give their time and energy. Old Independence Regional Museum held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon …

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  • United Way seeks ‘angels’

    With more than 550 children on the Angel Tree this year, the United Way of Independence County is needing community support, according to a news release. “The generosity of our community has always been heartwarming in response to those wishes,” the release states. “We’re counting …

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  • Prescription medication reported stolen

    A man who found his prescription medication missing learned the suspect was in the emergency room in an adjoining county and in possession of his meds. James Paul Eich, 57, of Bradford reported the burglary to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, saying he had learned …

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  • Taking road signs leads to arrest

    What should you do if you find road signs on the side of the road? Robert W. McMunn of Hot Springs will probably tell you not to touch them and drive away. Unfortunately, the 48-year-old McMunn didn’t do that Saturday night and ended up being …

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  • Parade winners announced; Kiwanis to take over duties

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced winners of the Christmas parade. Business category winners include Batesville Eye Care (first place) and Liberty Tax Service (second place). Winners of the non-profit/civic category include Cub Scout Pack #220 (first place), Desha First Baptist Church (second …

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  • Midland High teacher to visit Auschwitz

    PLEASANT PLAINS — A Midland High School teacher will be traveling to Auschwitz, Poland, as one of 25 teachers from around the world selected to participate in the professional development program, “Auschwitz: The Past is Present.” Karen Wells, media specialist at Midland, will be part …

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  • Art walk planned

    A Main Street Art Walk will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Batesville, facilitated by Batesville Area Arts Council and Lyon College Advanced Concepts art students. The following locations on Main Street will be open for self-guided viewing of artwork: BAAC …

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  • Providing opportunities to improve careers, paychecks – Gov. declares ‘Community College Work$ Week’

    Independence County Judge Robert Griffin has issued a proclamation to declare the week of Dec. 1-5 “Community College Work$ Week” in order to increase public awareness of the role of the community college in Independence County. “Providing the best local education and training possible to …

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  • Recital to feature favorites

    The Weston Music Studio of Batesville will host its semi-annual recital festival from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus. The theme this season is “It’s A White, White World,” and decorations will be …

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