• Family raising money for mother

    They were high school sweethearts, have been married for 20 years and have four sons, but the seemingly fairy-tale life all but shattered in 2011. Chris Stump and his wife, Tracy, heard the words no one wants to hear — cancer. Tracy was diagnosed with …

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  • Stone County escapee caught sleeping

    Shane Lee Mitchell wasn’t on the lam long before he was captured sleeping in a chair. The Independence County Sheriff’s Office learned Mitchell had escaped from the Stone County jail Wednesday afternoon and that he might be in the area. Officer John Carroll said he …

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  • Biker eludes police

    A police-motorcycle chase that started in downtown Batesville ended in a ditch near Desha Tuesday night. Around 10 p.m. Independence County deputies Jeff Adams and Gene Davis were on Central Avenue and within a few blocks of each other when they spotted a Suzuki motorcycle …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014.

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  • Thousands flock to fair

    Thousands flocked to the Independence County Fair Wednesday and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. Cooler temperatures brought in 3,695 people, up from last year’s attendance of 3,055, according to officials. The night was jammed packed with plenty of entertainment including the Independence County Fair …

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  • Three busted for drugs in Newark park

    Things were dull at the Newark City Park Monday evening, so around 6:20 p.m. Joseph Boode decided to take a ride on the hood of Kruz Roberts’ car. Matthew William was just along for the ride. Things livened up, however, when Newark Deputy Ashley Edwards …

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  • Newark arsonist gets 10 years

    A Newark man who watched his house burn after his wife lit the fire has been sentenced in Independence County Circuit Court. Bobby Freeman recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and received a 10-year prison sentence by Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Dan Kemp. …

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  • Bringing gospel to the Jews

    The very people whom brought us Jesus do not believe he is the Messiah and its something Robert and Amanda Case are working to change. The Mountain View couple work with the organization, Jews for Jesus, and spoke at the Batesville Kiwanis Club meeting recently. …

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  • Man charged in woman’s death to appear in court

    SEARCY (AP) — A Texas man who has been charged in an Arkansas woman’s death is expected to appear in court later this month. A July 28 hearing will be held in Texas for 30-year-old Christian Ivan Bautista, who’s facing a first-degree murder charge in …

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  • Pryor’s staff headed to Batesville, other towns

    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s Mobile Office will continue its statewide tour to help Arkansans who may be having problems with the Veterans Administration, Social Security, or other services involving the federal government, according to a news release. Over the past year, the mobile office has …

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  • Honor rolls released

    CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas has announced the Dean’s List and the Presidential Scholars List for the spring 2014 semester. Recognition on the Dean’s List requires at least a 3.5 grade point average with a minimum course load of 12 credit hours. Students …

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  • Museum summer day camp is success

    CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock Museum hosted 40 students and their parents, grandparents and babysitters on July 11 for the final summer day camp of the year. The students explored “Life as a Settler.” A dozen museum volunteers assisted the students in making butter in …

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