• Harvest of Hope selling pork butts, chicken, ribs

    The Independence County Harvest of Hope is selling pork butts, chicken and racks of ribs as part of its eighth annual fundraiser, according to a news release. Tickets are $25 for pork butts, $6 for a half-chicken and $20 for a rack of ribs. Pickup …

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  • Director represents Ozarka at institute

    MELBOURNE — Deltha Shell, Ozarka College’s director of TRiO Student Support Services, participated in the American Association of Community Colleges John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute hosted by GateWay Community College recently in Phoenix. The week-long institute is an innovative leadership seminar designed for mid-level …

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  • Defensive driving class set

    A defensive driving class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at North Heights Church of Christ, located at 200 Warrior Road above the fairgrounds in Batesville. All participants who are 55 or older will receive a reduction in their automobile insurance …

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  • A slave to the streets — ‘Natural State’ no stranger to trafficking

    Louise Allison is one of the lucky ones. “At 14, I was bought, sold, drugged, raped and beaten every day for two years.” Most think human trafficking happens “over there” but it doesn’t take a trip across the border to find it happens right here …

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  • Gun found on school bus

    HEBER SPRINGS — Friday afternoon, a Cleburne County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a student carrying a handgun on a Concord School bus while on the way home after school, said Sheriff Marty Moss. When investigators identified and located the 15-year-old suspect they …

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  • Warrant issued in attic burglary

    After allegedly confessing on a recorded conversation that he broke into an apartment and stole items from the tenant, a warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Bryan Andrew Moore of Batesville, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Brian Luetschwager. Luetschwager …

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  • S-Rock officials now legal

    SULPHUR ROCK — City officials at Sulphur Rock moved quickly during a regular meeting Monday night to get newly appointed Mayor David Fulbright and Alderman Brent Hendricks as well as others properly sworn into their respective offices. Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite opened the meeting as moderator, …

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  • Weekend arrests add to jail population

    Almost everyone Officer Aaron Moody stopped over the weekend ended up with a citation or a trip to jail. Moody had one flee during a traffic stop around 2:45 a.m. Monday. Moody said when he approached a vehicle it took off and he activated his …

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  • Scottish Fest to feature Community Quintathlon

    The 34th Arkansas Scottish Festival April 13-14 will have something new this year on the Lyon College campus in Batesville. Admission to the festival is free. The first Community Quintathlon will be at 9 a.m. April 13 in Couch Garden. Prizes totaling $1,000 will be …

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  • Drug tools reportedly found at jail

    While searching the personal property of a woman arrested on an outstanding warrant, Independence County jail personnel reportedly found several pieces of drug paraphernalia in her purse, according to Deputy Patrick Collins. When he arrived at the jail around 4:45 p.m. Monday, Collins said that …

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  • Man accused of shooting another in leg

    MELBOURNE — An Izard County man was arrested last week for shooting another man in the leg, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. “Izard County deputies were dispatched to 3413 Arkansas Highway 56 the night of March 12 regarding a shooting. Upon arrival, it was determined that …

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  • Bad driving blamed on rap music

    When a policeman asked Jason C. Hill, 33, of Salado about running off the roadway and swerving all over the road, he reportedly replied it was because of “rap music.” Independence County Deputy Jesse Wilson said he stopped Hill around 7 p.m. Monday as he …

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