• Local agent adds AARP homeowners insurance

    Already authorized to sell AARP auto insurance, Randy Reichardt Insurance Agency of Batesville can now offer The Hartford’s AARP Homeowners Insurance Program, according to a release from the company. “Randy Reichardt Insurance Agency was chosen for demonstrating a commitment to community service, meeting a high …

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  • Two charged in scrap metal theft

    Two people have reportedly confessed to theft after a witness got a description of them and called police Saturday morning. Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he was dispatched to Dean Baker Wholesale on North Central Avenue just before 10 a.m. where an employee, Jackie …

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  • Jewelry taken in break-in

    When Liberty Graham opened her Harrison Street storage unit Sunday afternoon she didn’t like what she saw. Some things had been moved around and a lot of jewelry and some electronic items, valued at $6,125, were missing. Graham told Deputy Gary Franks the last time …

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  • Coalition receives funds

    The Independence County Hometown Wellness Coalition recently received a $1,000 donation from First Community Bank for its efforts in promoting healthy living. The county’s community-based health coalition represents eight rural communities, partnering with area schools to develop, implement and promote evidence-based strategies to increase physical …

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  • Miners Day pageant applications now available

    CUSHMAN — Cushman Miners Day pageant will be held Sept. 15. Applications are available at A Formal Affair, Citizens Bank, Liberty Bank, Studio Salon and Cushman Country Store. For more information call Nicole Baker at (870) 307-0246 or (870) 834-6547.

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  • Dinner slated

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — A fish and chicken dinner will be held at the Hutchinson Mountain Community Center from 3-7 p.m. Friday. The all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes drink and dessert, is $10 for those 12 and older and free for children 11 and under. Take-outs will …

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  • Izard Relay for Life is Friday

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Relay for Life will be Friday at the Veterans Memorial Walking Trail in Melbourne. The night’s events will kick off with a Survivor Banquet at 6 p.m. at Ozarka College Dining Hall. All cancer survivors are invited to attend and …

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  • Weekend Events

    Upcoming events in the Batesville and surrounding area for Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 3, 2012.

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  • Elementary science winners named

    HIGHLAND — The Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative annual regional science fair was held recently at the gym at the Highland School District. Two hundred and fifty students, along with their teachers and other volunteers participated. Fourth grade overall winner was Bryson Hicks of the …

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  • Bond set at $150,000 in arson

    Eleven months after an arson fire destroyed three businesses at the corner of Sidney and Harrison streets, an arrest warrant has been issued for Christopher Brashers, 35, of Batesville, according to a news release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Bond for Brashers — who …

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  • Land Sharks – Dogs train for protection

    CUSHMAN — Polk Bayou Land Sharks breed and train personal protection dogs from distinguished blood lines, but owners Keith and Melanie McAnally say their dogs are best at being companions. While serving in the Army, Keith became interested in training dogs and in 2004, they …

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  • Drugs allegedly found during traffic stop

    Lonnie Allen Kempher Robert Simmons MELBOURNE — Formal drug charges have been brought against the driver of a vehicle stopped in Melbourne during a routine stop, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Lonnie Allen Kempher, 45, of Lake View was initially charged with driving …

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