• Retired teachers to meet

    Independence County retired teachers will meet at noon Monday at First Community Bank’s George Rider room, 1325 Harrison St., Batesville. Author Mark Rorie will present a program and discuss Abraham Ruddell for whose family Ruddell Hill is named. Subway sandwiches and cookies will be available …

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  • Cushman council sets agenda

    CUSHMAN — The Cushman City Council will meet at Cushman City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Members will hear reports and review the city’s bills, Mayor Jean Weatherford said. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Preparing for the worst – Police train for school shootings

    On Jan. 31, dozens of police officers from various agencies in Independence County responded to an “active shooter” incident at the former Cushman school campus where they were met by a number of “shooters” and “victims.” Once on the scene, a small group of officers …

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  • 2 arrested at Ash Flat

    ASH FLAT — Two Missouri residents were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop at 11:07 p.m. Saturday on a 2000 model silver-colored Toyota near the intersection of U.S. Highway 167 and Fairgrounds Road about four miles south of Ash Flat, said Sharp County …

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  • Batesville man claims $155K lottery winnings

    A Batesville man is $155,000 richer thanks to a $1 lottery ticket purchased at the Cushman Country store Saturday night. Wesley Tosh said he immediately told his wife of his good fortune, although he thought he’d won $300. A trip to Cushman convinced him he’d …

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  • Guns, jewelry taken in burglary at Pleasant Plains

    After being away from home for a few days, Melinda Gowen of Blackland Road, Pleasant Plains, said she returned around 4:15 Tuesday morning to find that her home had been broken into and several items, including guns, jewelry and a few household items stolen. “She …

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  • Missing Sunset Ridge man found safe

    Just two and a half hours after calling his wife to say he was lost Wednesday afternoon, 82-year-old Leon Acklin was found safe and reunited with his family. Thelma Acklin said her husband, who is having problems with short-term memory, became lost after leaving their …

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  • Woman charged in burglary, theft case

    Formal charges have been filed against a Batesville woman who found herself in one prickly situation when police showed up at her house with a search warrant after she allegedly helped burglarize homes in west Batesville last year. Rose Branch, 50, of Bayou Street has …

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  • Local to audition for ‘The Voice’

    Seventeen-year-old Astoria More-head’s dream is to become a professional singer and she will have a shot at it on Saturday when she auditions for “The Voice” in Houston. “The Voice” is a singing competition that airs on NBC and holds blind auditions where celebrity coaches …

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  • United Way funding applications ready

    Applications for 2014 United Way funding are ready for pick up at the United Way of Independence County office, according to a news release. Funding will be allotted to nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations that want to provide “a direct and meaningful service” to the people …

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  • I-beams, 30-ton press among items stolen

    A fork lift is believed to have been used to load two 36-foot I-beams and a 30-ton shop press that were stolen from behind a building on Barber Street in Newark recently. Owner of the shop, Hershell Marshall, said he had closed a business and …

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  • ‘All Aboard’ for program

    For those who have memories of train travel, and for those who have a general interest in railroads as they developed across the nation and this region, a free program at Old Independence Regional Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday will fill the bill, said Twyla …

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