• Concord sets special session

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the city hall to consider buying another police vehicle, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.

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  • Newark reschedules meeting

    NEWARK — The Newark City Council meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed due to schedule conflicts, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston. The meeting is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building, she said.

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  • Couple welcomes 5th child

    Amy Brown thought doctors might send her home or that New Year’s Day would come and go before his arrival, but Caden Lee Brown, who was not expected until early February, had other plans. For Amy and Matthew Brown of Newark, Caden may be their …

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  • Suspect found hiding in wall

    ASH FLAT — An alleged gunman staying at an Ozark Acres residence was arrested Wednesday by sheriff’s officers along with Hardy and Highland officers and the Arkansas State Police for aggravated robbery, said Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts. Jason Jones, 32, was taken to the …

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  • 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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