• Accused murderer pleads not guilty 

    SEARCY (AP) — A Bald Knob man has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he fatally shot his father-in-law and assaulted his wife. Ronald Draft, 50, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery. He’s being held in White County jail with …

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  • Neighborhood watch nabs alleged huffer

    He ran through the briars and he ran through the brambles but a Pleasant Plains paint huffer couldn’t outrun the local neighborhood watch group, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Pleasant Plains Marshal Mark Clark said he was dispatched to the …

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  • OEM reports earthquake

    A 2.3-magnitude earthquake struck at 2:53 a.m. today, according to Independence County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Tony Younger. The location of the quake was 14 miles northeast of Cave City and 27 miles northeast of Batesville. No damages have been reported.

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  • Man passes out in patrol car

    Shortly after a man said he was ready to go to jail, he was passed out in the patrol car. According to the affidavit for arrest, Independence County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Stephens was dispatched to a farm near the county line and found 36-year-old Buddy …

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  • Free movie offered

    The Batesville Parks Department will host the next “Movies in the Park” at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater at Riverside Park. Admission is free. This week’s movie is the animated movie “The Nut Job,” which is rated PG and stars the voice talents of …

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  • ADEQ: More promotion needed in county’s recycling efforts

    The trash can may seem like the place for that soda can, milk jug and shoes that will never be worn again, but for Independence County taxpayers it could mean more money in the pocket if residents make use of the free service and the …

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  • Doctor joins Batesville Neurology

    Dr. Krishna Mylavarapu, neurologist, has joined the medical staff at White River Medical Center and Batesville Neurology, announced Gary L. Bebow, CEO of WRMC. Neurologists provide diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Mylavarapu is …

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  • Hiring bus drivers tops agenda

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to consider hiring bus drivers and appointing an interim board member to replace Kirk Ratliff, who recently resigned, according to an agenda for the meeting. Other …

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  • Construction to be discussed

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the administration board room. Agenda items include commodity bids, hiring of personnel and a construction update concerning Melbourne Elementary’s new building in which dirt work is expected to begin in October with …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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  • Fulton fair will honor veterans

    All veterans will be honored at the Fulton County Fair on Wednesday. First National Banking Company will provide lunch for veterans and their spouses. The program will begin at 10 a.m. with the posting of the colors by Mammoth Spring Veterans of Foreign Wars Post …

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  • Lions meeting slated

    HEBER SPRINGS — The first meeting of the new Lions District 7-0, representing leaders from Lions Clubs in the northeast and northcentral parts of Arkansas, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the 1st Electric Building, located at 150 Industrial Park Road …

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