• Floral gets third fire station

    FLORAL — It was a project that got under way before a special supporting tax was even passed, but Thursday morning members of the Floral Volunteer Fire Department and others gathered for the opening of a new fire station. The Floral fire department is one …

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  • Police say teens are runaways

    Anyone who may have seen Dylan Robinson or Jimmie Padgett since Saturday is asked to call the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. The two 16-year-olds were last seen at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday in the Oil Trough area and are considered to be runaways, according to …

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  • Arrests made in donation thefts

    Surveillance video taken at a local charity organization has resulted in the arrest of a Batesville man for theft of items from a donation box, according to a court affidavit. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Qualls said Aaron Wayne Long, 38, of Shade Tree Drive …

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  • Man sought

    Local authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating 49-year-old Timothy Long. Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mundy said Long, who suffers from depression and is on medication, went missing from his Independence County home April 1 and may be in danger as he …

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  • Arkansas Scottish Festival set for Saturday, Sunday

    A dog show, Community Quintathlon and a “Brave” costume contest are among several new events scheduled for the 34th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival set for Saturday and Sunday on the Lyon College campus in Batesville. Admission to the long-running celebration that began as a way …

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  • Local officers use spike strips to stop vehicle

    Independence County sheriff’s deputies used spike strips to stop a vehicle that was fleeing from the Heber Springs Police Department over the weekend, said Deputy Jesse Wilson. Wilson said that about 9:30 p.m. Saturday he responded to assist the Heber Springs officers who were in …

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  • Power theft leads to drug bust, warrant

    Her power was turned off and she was cold was the reason a west Batesville woman reportedly gave for running an extension cord from her neighbor’s vacant home to her bedroom heater for the past few months. That cord eventually led police to suspected illegal …

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  • Early voting ends today

    Today is the last day to vote early in special elections calling for millage increases for security purposes at the Batesville and Cedar Ridge school districts. Early voting is being held at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Batesville for both schools …

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  • Khan appointed CMIO at hospital

    Dr. Muhammad A. Khan, medical oncologist/hematologist, to the position of chief medical information officer (CMIO) at White River Health System, administrator/CEO Gary L. Bebow has announced. As CMIO, Khan will collaborate with physicians to modify, evolve, and simplify the flow of Electronic Health Records (EHR) …

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  • Music, art mark the return of Second Friday Frolic

    Second Friday Frolic returns to Main Street this week, beginning with a public reception at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery at 246 E. Main St. The new co-directors, Paige Dirksen and Carly Dahl, will be on hand, along with world-class artwork from the 2013 …

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  • Quorum court to meet

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom located on the second floor of the Independence County Library building. The meeting is open to the public. A brief agenda is planned and includes reports from county department heads, as …

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  • Heasley Prize winner to speak

    Geoffrey Douglas, winner of the 2013 Leila Lenore Heasley Prize for Literary Excellence, will host a public interview at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Alphin Board Room on the Lyon College campus. The award ceremony and public reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in Bevens …

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