• Suicide attempt ends in $43K drug bust

    It was a call about a possible suicide attempt that led Independence County authorities to a residence at 2959 N. Central Ave., early Saturday morning after a woman shot herself in the head, but it was officers finding $43,000 in cash, methamphetamine and other drug …

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  • Rapist ‘earned place in pen,’ gets 40 years

    Both the victim and the accused testified in a rape case that was filed in 2008. Timothy Wayne Cox, the accused rapist, who is now 33, was the only one who testified in his defense. The girl, who was 9 at the time of the …

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  • Former officer killed

    A former drug task force officer is dead. Michael Z. Steele, who served on both the Third and 16th Judicial Drug Task Forces, died in a shooting in Perry County. Officials said they are not ready to release details of the incident into the death …

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  • Passenger jailed after late-night traffic stop

    MELBOURNE — A Locust Grove man who was in a vehicle stopped for speeding was arrested when he was found to be on probation and having drug items on his person last week. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Arkansas Trooper Richard Pickers stopped a …

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  • Two arrested in custody dispute after trying to take child

    MELBOURNE — Two people who tried to take a child from a third person while at a church in Pineville have been arrested, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. On Feb. 16, Deputy Carl Russell, assisted by Sgt. Gabe Sanders responded to a child custody …

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  • Burn ban issued

    A burn ban has been issued for Independence County and will remain in effect until further notice, according to officials. Outdoor burning of yard trash, construction debris, farm fields, brush piles, etc. is prohibited until the ban is lifted.

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  • Man claims to see people not there

    A woman called Independence County authorities Wednesday to say her neighbor was at her house telling her he was seeing people in her yard and in her car. Officer Darin Brewer said he learned 55-year-old Robert Keith Westbrook had called 911 two times from his …

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  • Flowers names ‘Spirit’ winner

    Flowers Baking Co. of Batesville, a subsidiary of Flowers Foods, has selected employee Eric Sessums as the recipient of its 2013 Flowers Spirit Award, according to a news release. The Flowers Spirit Award recognizes employees who are a positive force at work and in their …

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  • Cave City council to consider countywide tax election

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the city hall to consider a resolution opposing a proposed 1.5-cent county hospital tax and to hear from Citizens for a County-Owned Hospital, according to an agenda provided …

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  • Mayor to give state of city

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to hear the mayor’s state of the city address. The council will go into executive session to consider its two vacancies, one in Ward 3 and the other in Ward 4. Applicants …

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  • Lyon book sale planned

    The annual Lyon College Mabee-Simpson Library Book Sale held in conjunction with the Arkansas Scottish Festival is scheduled for April 11-17, according to a news release. Donations are tax-deductible, and proceeds from the book sale will purchase library materials. Books, magazines, DVDs and CDs will …

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  • Board to discuss waiver request

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7  tonight in the high school library to discuss a waiver request for “snow days,” along with a calendar revision, said Superintendent Steven Green. The board will also consider administrative contracts and certified  personnel …

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