• Humane society gets grant to renovate dog pens

    Bev Finch and Sue Augustus knew the exercise yards at the humane society were in bad shape. They didn’t know how bad until they visited other shelters in Arkansas. They applied for a grant on behalf of the Humane Society of Independence County and recently …

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  • National 4-H Week

    Younger members of local 4-H clubs do some clean-up chores outside the Independence County Extension Office during a service day Saturday. The clubs also dispensed clothing items from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Extension Office, located on Myers Street in Batesville. This week is National 4-H …

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  • City hopes to attract retailers

    Mountain Home has a T.J. Maxx, Lowe’s, Big Lots, Petco, Orscheln Farm and Home and a Goodwill store. Searcy has a Lowe’s, Staples, Rue21, Big Lots, Tuesday Morning and $1 Dollar Jewelry Galore. Jonesboro and Little Rock have, well, almost everything else. What could Batesville …

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  • YouTube video ends in arrest – Teen then asks cop for his copy

    Once the smoke cleared from his spinning tires early this morning, an aspiring YouTube star found himself facing several charges in traffic court Nov. 7. Independence County Deputy Wayne Green said he was patrolling on Highway 167 north of Batesville near the city sports complex …

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  • SHS to ‘Wish Upon A Star,’ selling stars for cancer research

    SOUTHSIDE — Royalty, football and dances are what usually come to mind with a high school homecoming — not cancer. For seniors at Southside High School it will be as they work to raise money and honor members of their “Southside family” and others affected …

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  • Experiment Station to host agriculture events Saturday

    The past 150 years of agricultural education, research and extension activity made possible by the Morrill Act of 1862 will be recognized during activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of Arkansas Livestock and Forestry Research Station at Bethesda, according to …

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  • Air safety teams meet in Mt. View

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Federal Aviation Administration’s annual state meeting was held over the weekend at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View with more than 70 FAA Safety Team (FAST) representatives attending from all over the state, said Beau Hardison, FAST team member and …

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  • Master Gardeners’ bulb sale set for Saturday

    The Independence County Master Gardeners’ fall bulb sale will be from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday at the pocket park on Main Street in conjunction with Main Street Batesville’s antiques and crafts festival activities, according to a news release. In case of rain, it will …

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  • Friends of library book sale set

    HARDY — A Sharp County Friends of the Library book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Old Hardy gym,  according to a news release. Thursday morning will be set-up day.

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  • Guns, TV stolen in Cave City

    A custom-made Kimber .338 caliber rifle with synthetic stock and scope valued at $2,000 was stolen from a Melon Street residence in Cave City sometime between 10 a.m. Monday and 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to Independence County Deputy Shawn Stephens. The Justin Frazier family was …

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  • Local author donates award-winning novels

    ASH FLAT — Local author Valerie Hansen’s “Love Inspired”  books have been added to the Featured Arkansas Authors’  Area at the Ash Flat Library, said library committee member Ina Gill. Hansen donated her “Love Inspired” titles: Suspense, “Standing Guard,” “Shadow of Turning,” “Face of Danger,” …

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  • Artist displays works at library

    ASH FLAT — Julie Hellner is the October Artist of the Month at the Ash Flat Public Library, said Ina Gill, library committee member. “Mrs. Hellner is a novice artist, mostly self-taught,” Gill said. “She began painting five years ago, at the age of 55. …

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