• Man in relationship with girl charged with sexual assault

    WALNUT RIDGE — A 26-year-old Powhatan man was arrested Friday by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division authorities, said Sheriff Jody Dotson. After his arrest, Scott Archer was charged with sexual assault, Dotson said. “The arrest comes after the …

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  • Hospital’s No. 2 man to retire

    Gary Britten may be the No. 2 man at White River Medical Center, but in one sense he’s No. 1. Britten, whose employee number is 2, is the last original employee of WRMC who came over from the old North Arkansas Clinic. He will be …

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  • Police: Man who was run off vacant property later returned to steal mowers, equipment

    Charges have been filed against a Batesville man for taking items valued at nearly $20,000 from the old Batesville Country Club. Matthew R. Mathis, 40, of Batesville faces felony charges of breaking or entering and theft of property, according to the affidavit for arrest filed …

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  • Former coach pleads guilty

    A former Southside School District girls volleyball coach recently appeared in Independence County District Court where he pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $1,500 in fines and court costs following a charge of indecent exposure. David Shilkitus, 40, was charged in October with the …

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  • Large amount of drugs collected in Izard, Lawrence counties

    MELBOURNE — Some 52 pounds of outdated or unneeded prescription drugs were collected Saturday by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Izard County has participated in the National Drug Take-Back Program for the past several years and that he is always pleased …

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  • Fairfield Bay man formally charged in fleeing

    Running from a felony warrant in another county is reportedly why a Fairfield Bay man led police on a chase and manhunt that lasted for more than an hour April 16. John H. Figueroa, 36, has been formerly charged in Independence County Circuit Court and …

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  • SR teacher resigns

    A Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary sixth-grade teacher recently submitted his resignation, effective immediately, citing “unforeseen circumstances,” according to a letter sent to Batesville School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison and Principal Stacey Lindsey. Michael Armstrong, who was hired in August of 2012, submitted the letter …

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  • Lyon sets graduation

    The class of 2013 will graduate at Lyon College’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Brown Chapel south lawn. One hundred and 20 seniors are scheduled to receive degrees, and an honorary doctorate will be awarded to Raymond LaCroix Jr. of Batesville. LaCroix, …

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  • Sugar in the tank lands man in custody

    A Batesville man faces misdemeanor charges after a Friday night incident was reported on Cave Creed Road. William P. Pope, 56, is charged with criminal mischief, public intoxication and assault on family or household member after authorities arrived at the residence. According to deputies Aaron …

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  • Shoplifters target clothes

    Jessica Huckabee will be banned from the Batesville Walmart store after being caught a second time stealing, according to a police report. She along with Rosas Pinzon were seen by loss prevention officer, Ryan Martin, selecting clothes, gloves and a DVD which Pinzon removed from …

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  • Aviation students attend conference

    Four women from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville aircraft maintenance program recently attended the National Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tenn. Amanda Roraff of Cave City, UACCB’s first female aviation graduate, a certified aircraft and powerplant mechanic; Kaprincia Goldwood of Ash …

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  • Day of Prayer to be observed

    The local observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer will be held during the noon hour Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Building, located at 500 East Main St. Local leaders will lead prayers for the nation, city, schools, churches and families. The event …

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