• Carpenter named at Ozarka College

    MELBOURNE — Molly Carpenter of Ash Flat has been named director of public relations and marketing at Ozarka College. Most recently, she served as director of the Ozarka College-Ash Flat campus. Carpenter graduated from Arkansas State University in 2010 with a bachelor of science in …

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  • Batesville native running for state attorney general

    Twelve years ago, Circuit Judge Keith Rutledge interrupted his court session long enough to swear his daughter Leslie in as attorney. He had no idea she would spend her career in public service — and would one day run for the state’s top legal official. …

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  • Baby found wandering street alone – DHS initially refuses to come to scene

    A neighbor found a diaper-clad child wandering in the area of 19th and Porter streets around 7 p.m. Saturday with no adults seemingly nearby. The neighbor said she had watched the baby playing in a neighbor’s yard for quite a while. When the child went …

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  • ‘Politician’s politician’ Former Sharp Co. judge Frank Arnold dies at 80

    ASH FLAT — From the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat where Frank Arnold spent two decades as county judge, former co-worker Wanda Girtman said, “He’ll be missed.” Franklin D. Arnold, who retired at the end of 1998, died Saturday at 80 in a Mountain …

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  • Man leaves without paying for beer

    Purloined beer has landed a Batesville man behind bars for public intoxication on Friday. Deputy Fred Friar was dispatched to the Fox Creek BBQ, where employee Terry Wentland had served the man a pitcher of beer. The man, identified as Paul Eddings, 38, 2575 Case …

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  • Local woman reported missing

    A Batesville woman is missing and considered endangered because of a medical condition, Sheriff Steve Jeffery said today. The sheriff’s office needs the assistance of the community to help locate Kimberly James, 45, who is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, …

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  • Wanting to pet horse nets criminal trespass citation

    Wanting to pet a woman’s horse has resulted in one man receiving a citation for criminal trespass. Hilda G. Webb of 201 Sunnydale Road, Pleasant Plains, called police around 11:44 p.m. Sunday to report a prowler on her property. While Deputy Phillip Pickett was en …

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  • Sheriff: July 4 is deadly day for traffic accidents

    MELBOURNE — Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said today that with Independence Day holiday approaching he would like to remind everyone that July 4 is typically the worst day of the year for traffic-related fatalities. The sheriff noted that, according to safety statistics, more fatalities …

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  • Amateur dog show to be held during Independence Co. Fair

    There will be a whole lot of barking going on during the opening night of the Independence County Fair. Set for 8 p.m. July 15, the third annual amateur dog show will be presented by the 2013 Junior Fair Board. Entry fee will be a …

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  • Felony filed in machete fight

    Bringing a machete to a fight has landed a 39-year-old Batesville man in jail on a felony aggravated assault charge. Duke L. Ashley of 59 Haynie Drive is being held on a $10,000 bond for allegedly poking 54-year-old Tim Cody of Conway three times in …

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  • Driver jailed after refusing to stop for police officer

    A Sidney man who refused to stop for police was taken to jail Monday morning, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. A 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup, traveling at a high rate of speed, with emergency flashers activated, was seen Monday morning …

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  • Woman says vandal was upset she intervened in fight

    A man angry with a woman who had intervened in a fight earlier allegedly took the anger out on her vehicles and window air-conditioner. Deputy Michael Calendar responded to a criminal mischief call at 410 Dry Run Circle, where Jasmine Walker, 34, told Calendar she …

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