• A Glance at Days Gone By

    No date is on this photo of what the photographer called a “fantasy bluff” when he snapped the shot several years ago. He wrote: “Fantasy Bluff: This bluff of the famous White River near Calico Rock, Arkansas, is one of many photogenic bluffs on the …

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  • County range offers dove shoot

    With the opening of dove hunting season around the corner, the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex is offering a “first of its kind” simulated dove hunt. “Wednesday was the start of our two-week dove field,” said range manager Jody Hewitt. “With the help of our …

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  • Officer fired

    A police officer is fired and could be facing a misdemeanor charge. Cpl. Ben Keener has been terminated from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department after a Tuesday night incident. Sheriff Steve Jeffery said the incident started when a shoplifting report came from Walmart and three …

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  • 1 injured in mine accident

    GUION — Jeff Rains wasn’t the only one on the way to the hospital. Shortly after the news broke he was injured in a mining accident at Guion, friends and family were en route to Little Rock where he was being taken by helicopter. The …

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  • Shooting investigated

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported shooting that happened in Batesville on Wednesday. According to Sheriff Steve Jeffery, officers were dispatched to White River Medical Center concerning a man who had been shot in the leg. Jason Cossey said he and a …

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  • Teen reported missing

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a runaway teen. Jessica Aguirre, 17, was last seen at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the area of White River Medical Center, according to Sheriff Steve Jeffery. She is described as having brown hair, …

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  • Man miscounts beers

    Hector Lopez may have miscounted how many beers he drank. According to Deputy Jason Edington, Lopez was at fault in a Friday night accident involving four vehicles. Edington said he talked with each driver and learned the one at fault was Lopez. While speaking with …

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  • LawCo jail to close

    WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Arkansas officials have ordered the closure of the Lawrence County jail due to overcrowding, lack of firefighting equipment and other inadequacies. Sheriff Jody Dotson said the jail has “consistently failed every inspection” in the last 10 years. He says the county …

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  • Rotary hears BAAC update

    Twenty-six years ago a group of citizens concerned with the lack of fine arts in the Batesville area came together and launched the Batesville Area Arts Council. The result was the opening of a gallery on Main Street, offering area artists of all media an …

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  • Moorefield seeks 2-cent tax hike

    MOOREFIELD — The Moorefield City Council voted unanimously on Monday to place an issue on the ballot that if approved, would institute a permanent 2-percent sales tax, according to Mayor Randy Nash, who said the town has been operating on savings. “We need to reverse …

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  • Meeting slated to discuss new elementary project

    MELBOURNE — Principals from the Melbourne School District recently met with designers from the Fayetteville-based Modus Studio to discuss plans for a new elementary building, and now the public is encouraged to attend an upcoming meeting to give its input. The meeting will be held …

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  • Hospital earns another ACR accreditation

    White River Medical Center in Batesville has, once again, been awarded accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). WRMC received the three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound. WRMC was recognized earlier this year for stereotactic breast biopsy. The ACR gold seal of accreditation …

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