• McLean wants officer at each campus – Batesville lawmaker chairs House Education Committee

    Security, Freedom of School Choice, charter schools and of course, funding. Schools are facing some major challenges these days, and it’s up to the Arkansas Legislature to help figure out some solutions. Rep. James McLean, a Democrat from Batesville who has served in the House …

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  • Homeless man gets room at jail

    Knocking on doors in the early morning hours and asking women if their husbands were home got Sir Richard Hughes what he said he was looking for — a place to stay, when police took him to jail. Hughes, 24, was arrested when Deputy Patrick …

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  • Driver arrested for leaving accident scene

    With the number of drivers leaving the scene of accidents in recent months, the Arkansas State Police has initiated a crackdown locally on those drivers by pursuing all possible leads to track them down, according to Trooper Jeremy Page. An example of this, Page said, …

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  • Liberty Bank to open soon

    Progress continues towards the opening of an additional Liberty Bank branch in Batesville located at 1895 Harrison St. and is nearing completion, according to Kevin Rose, community bank president. The 4,700-square-foot branch will feature customer service representatives, walk-up and accessible teller lines, new account services, …

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  • Bond reduction denied in one case, OKs probation in another

    ASH FLAT — Several cases were heard Wednesday before Circuit Judge Harold Erwin in Sharp County. When it came to Amy Blansett, Public Defender R.T. Starken told the judge she was arrested without a warrant after two officers entered her motel room and arrested her. …

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  • Fire destroys pickup near Reed Wade Road

    A blaze that started either under the hood or the dash area destroyed Joseph Bramlett’s Ford F-150 pickup in the 400 block of Rosewood Road, off Reed Wade Road east of Batesville, Thursday afternoon. Bramlett, who lives in Sulphur Rock, reported the truck fire around …

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  • Wallet theft leads to drug buy, ends in jail

    Police say when they picked up 37-year-old Wednesday afternoon he reportedly admitted to taking the wallet of a fellow worker at Colton’s Steakhouse earlier in the day and spending the money on drugs. In a court affidavit filed in Independence County Circuit Court, Sheriff’s Detective …

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  • Search yields meth arrest

    HEBER SPRINGS — Cleburne County narcotics investigators, along with agents fron the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force and officers from the Heber Springs Police Department searched a camper trailer on Walnut Street in Heber Springs on Monday, making one drug-related arrest, Sheriff Marty Moss …

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  • Man shot; 3 in custody

    Newport — A Newport man shot last Wednesday is still in intensive care in a Little Rock hospital, said Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. Police officers were dispatched to the apartments at 2604 McDougald St. in Newport around 2:30 …

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  • Ozarka hires VP

    MELBOURNE — Jason Lawrence has been hired as vice president of administration at Ozarka College, announced president Dr. Richard Dawe. Lawrence began working in the position on Jan. 2. The vice president of administration is responsible for overseeing the bookstore, cafeteria, physical plant, grounds, safety …

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  • GED classes offered

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College will be hosting the following ongoing GED classes for spring 2013: Melbourne campus — Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ash Flat campus — Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain View campus — Tuesdays and Thursdays, …

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  • WRAAA board to meet

    White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. board of directors will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Eagle Mountain Assisted Living Center, located at 302 Woodmont Circle in Batesville.

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