• City records $40M permits in 2012

    The city of Batesville saw $40 million pumped into its economy in 2012, in terms of construction and renovation. Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure said he recorded a valuation of $40.37 million, as far as building permits are concerned. A total of 21 new residential …

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  • Southside bumps up patrols

    SOUTHSIDE — When officers with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office are off-duty you may be able to find them soon patrolling at the Southside School District when school is in session. The school and sheriff’s office have agreed to partner to provide the service until …

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  • Shots fired; four arrested

    Although police found no evidence of a reported shooting, four people were arrested on Dry Run Circle for interfering with governmental operations Friday night after police smelled gas at the home and had to force their way in to check on the occupants’ welfare. Arrested …

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  • Mega Force coming to town

    Steve Carrier bends metal with his bare teeth, breaks concrete and rips giant phone books in half and it’s all in an effort to motivate and share the message of Jesus Christ. Carrier, founder of Mega Force Ministries, is coming to Batesville and shows will …

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  • Shoplifter arrested

    They may have bought the knit hats, bandanas and bolt cutters — but it was the gloves they didn’t pay for that got two women in trouble at Walmart around 2 a.m. Saturday. Already suspected of being shoplifters by employees, 30-year-old Elizabeth Ann Harper and …

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  • Ozarka raises $4K for Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College raised $3,967.21 for the 2012 Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure, according to a news release. Ozarka was also named the second highest fundraising team in the School category. The team, led by Katie Wilson, Deltha Shell and Molly Carpenter, held …

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  • Meth found in underwear

    WALNUT RIDGE — Two Texas men were arrested Tuesday while transporting methamphetamine “ice” through Lawrence County, and one of them was carrying bags of the drug in his underwear, said Sheriff Jody Dotson. Hershel Hawkins, 47, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas and Bobby Nichols, 62, of …

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  • BAAC will sponsor Souper Bowl Saturday

    Batesville Area Arts Council’s annual fundraiser, “Souper Bowl Saturday,” will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The soup will be made by local businesses and patrons. Tickets are $7 in advance for a quart of soup and $8 …

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  • 4-H club holds meeting

    Batesville 4-H Club’s first meeting of the year was held Jan. 15 at the Independence County Extension Office. After the pledge of allegiance and the 4-H pledge, roll was called. Raegan Sikes, club secretary, read aloud a thank you letter from the recipient of the …

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  • Realtors class held

    ASH FLAT — First National Banking Company recently held a free a Realtors’ Continuing Education Class held at Ozarka College’s Ash Flat campus on Jan. 18. This class allowed realtors to attend and complete their required annual continuing education for the year, according to a …

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  • GED class rescheduled

    STRAWBERRY — A free General Educational Development class, originally set for Jan. 16 at the Strawberry Community Center, has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release. This is the last year the exam will be offered for free to those seeking …

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  • Myra Wood retires

    If you pick up the phone to call Myra Looney Wood don’t be surprised if she doesn’t answer. She’s pretty busy at her new job, as a retiree. But right now her life as a retiree is not quite what you would expect. Three to …

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