• Booze, drowning, ‘Idol’ make headlines in 2012

    Voters electing to allow legal sales of alcohol was the top story in Sharp County in 2012. The local option to legalize such sales passed 3,884 to 3,456, fueled mainly by voters in the northern half of the county and the early voting box. Carrying …

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  • Homeowner holds man at gunpoint for police

    Awakened from sleep by a man with no shirt or shoes, yelling outside his home at 1 a.m. Thursday, Wayne Hendrix of T & J Circle grabbed his pistol and went to investigate. Hendrix told Deputy Colby Markum that when he went outside he found …

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  • Stinky DL ends in drug arrest

    It wasn’t until he went back to his patrol car with Joseph Scroggins’ driver’s license, following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, that Independence County Deputy Fred Friar detected the odor of burnt marijuana. Friar said he hadn’t smelled the illegal drug when he was standing …

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  • Teen reported missing

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the community’s assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old Batesville girl. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said Jordan Townsend was last seen around 4 a.m. Thursday at her home. “Ms. Townsend may be in the company of her …

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  • $400,000 cash bond set for cattle rustler

    ASH FLAT — A $400,000 cash only bond was set Wednesday in Sharp County Circuit Court for Ron Shepard, a man authorities previously referred to as “a modern day cattle rustler,” said Sheriff Mark Counts. Shepard, arrested in Mexico in July, and a partner, Jeremy …

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  • Teenager arrested for stealing from friend

    No motive has been offered as to why a Lilly Street man, later identified as 18-year-old Angelo Hernandez, allegedly broke into a friend’s home and stole several items, including a TV and lockboxes. In a court affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jeremy Qualls said …

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  • Homeowners report gun thefts

    A suspect has been named in one of two gun thefts reported to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office in recent days. Rebecca Riley of Cabot said her $335 Bersa Thunder .380 pistol, and a stolen check that was later written on a closed account, have …

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  • Board to hear year-end report

    SOUTHSIDE — A 2012 year-end report is on tap for the Southside Public Water Authority’s board meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the authority office at 1401 Batesville Blvd., said Manager John Richardson. Other reports include a legal report, December water and wastewater …

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  • Compassionate Friends to meet

    The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville. The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no …

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  • UACCB to offer a karate training

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Community and Technical Education Division will offer a training course entitled Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate. Sensei Don Gregory, fourth-degree black belt/full-range close combat instructor, will teach this traditional martial arts class that offers present-day applications of Shorin-Ryu Karate …

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  • Application deadline nearing for single parent scholarships

    Those applying for the Independence County Single Parent Scholarship need to have their applications filled out and returned to the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council office in Batesville by Jan. 18 for the 2013 spring semester, according to a news release. An applicant must be a …

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  • A Glance at Days Gone By

    Curtis Thompson of Thompson’s Jewelry in Batesville supplied this family photo for publication. It shows his grandfather, C.T. (his first name also is Curtis) Thompson on an “Indian” motorcycle, his great-grandfather R.C. Thompson (wearing hat) and two other people. It is not known where the …

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