• Stitching together strong family ties

    STRAWBERRY — Being headstrong at 16 may have set the stage for a tough life, but looking back Norma Jean Boles realizes the hard times, and there were plenty of them, helped mold her toward her accomplishments for the future. ——— Norma Jean Baughn was …

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  • Burglar caught

    A phone call from a neighbor helped police catch a burglar as he was leaving the home of Georageann Hicks in west Batesville Wednesday morning. Deputy Fred Friar said the call came in around 8:40 a.m. and as he arrived in the 300 block of …

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  • Arson ruling changed

    First thought to be an act of arson, a house fire on Gordon Lane in the Floral area Nov. 5 that destroyed the home of George Chapman has now been ruled as accidental, according to Detective Lt. Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. …

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  • Restored vision allows man to serve others

    NEWPORT — Surgery and contacts restored the vision — and the dream — of Billy Harrison of Newport. He remembers as a small child visiting his father at work and hoping to follow in his footsteps at Taylor Made Ambulance. Because of his determination to …

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  • Man arrested in parking lot fight

    A man who was trying to smoke three cigarettes at once while squatting next to the street went to jail after a scuffle with a police officer in the Kroger parking lot Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Andrew Rogers said he located the man around 3 p.m. …

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  • Tools, electronics taken in home burglaries

    A possible suspect has been named in the burglary of a home up for sale in the Ruddell Hill area. The suspect was named after Kenneth Stephenson of Horseshoe Bend found the residence broken into Tuesday morning. Stephenson said he had been at the house …

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  • Floral man faces felony drug, gun charges

    A month after police searched his home with a warrant, 53-year-old Ronald Dean Corter of Pleasant Plains is being formally charged with several drug- and gun-related violations, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigator Chris Toland. Corter’s home on Floral …

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  • Expulsion hearing slated

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to consider a light agenda, following an expulsion hearing for two middle school students, said Superintendent Steven Green. Math teacher Ila Higginbottom will be recognized for …

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  • Lyon ranked second in nation in fraternity participation

    Lyon College has been ranked second in the nation in fraternity participation by U.S. News & World Reports, according to a news release U.S. News reports 92 percent of males at Lyon College were involved in fraternities in fall 2011. Lyon fraternities include Alpha Psi …

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  • Batesville board OKs bonuses

    It will be a green Christmas this year for about 650 employees of the Batesville School District who will find some extra cash in their paychecks this month. The Batesville School Board in a special meeting Tuesday night voted to give all contract employees as …

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  • Emergency planning meeting set

    Independence County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Vital Link, 1033 EMS Drive. Reports will be heard from the Office of Emergency Management, hospital preparedness committee and Red Cross. A volunteer appreciation dinner will be discussed as well as …

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  • Leaf pickup to change

    The city of Batesville’s Sanitation Department will now be picking up leaves following the Tuesday-Friday garbage pickup routes, officials have announced. The workers will start at the beginning of the day’s route and will pick until the end of the day. The next week, they …

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