• Criminal justice course continues

    Ian Ward MELBOURNE — Two students who recently graduated Melbourne High School are now putting what they learned in their criminal justice class to work for them. Richard Cohoon and Ian Ward, 2012 graduates, were the first to complete the class offered at the school. …

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  • Brazier awarded

    Danielle Brazier, 18, of Batesville, is among 20 pediatric cancer survivors selected this year to receive a Dennis Jungmeyer scholarship valued at $2,500 from the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute  Foundation in Little Rock. Diagnosed with a Wilm’s Tumor at the age of 7, Brazier …

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  • Consider planting annuals for fall, cold weather pastures

    Producers needing to provide quick grazing due to the drought can consider planting winter annual forages such as annual ryegrass, wheat, cereal rye and forage turnips. Forage turnips may sound a bit strange but they will produce the quickest grazing of the winter annuals. If …

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  • Livestock entries, exhibits increase at Sharp Co. fair

    ASH FLAT — Despite the extreme heat, the recent Sharp County Fair had a very successful run,  said Nancy Orr, fair board secretary. “The livestock entries were up. The educational building entries were up and the air-conditioned building was enjoyed by all. We had lots …

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  • Forgery warrant issued

    A warrant has been issued charging a Ward woman with misdemeanor theft of a check and felony forgery for signing and using it at a local doctor’s office. Amy Conley, 36, with a last known address of 274 Lenderman Trail, Ward, was named in the …

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  • ConAgra: ‘Green’ saves money as well as energy

    ConAgra Foods of Batesville is proof that “going green” is not only good for the environment, but also the bottom line. Ed Coleman, environment, health and safety manager at ConAgra, was the guest speaker at Thursday’s “Putting Green to Work” lunch series at the Arkansas …

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  • Naked man on ATV arrested for drugs

    The heat, and possibly using drugs, apparently played a part in the arrest of a naked Oil Trough man riding his four-wheeler in the area of the Departee Creek Bridge Saturday afternoon. Independence County Deputy Wayne Green said he was dispatched to the area around …

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  • No lights on vehicle leads to chase in Newark, arrest

    NEWARK — A Newark man who was driving in the dark without headlights on, and thus, no taillights, early Sunday fled when Deputy Michael Moody tried to initiate a traffic stop on him, according to a written report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Moody …

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  • Teen arrested in false death threats

    Texting a friend, saying she was hiding in her closet and that her family may already be dead, led police to arrest a 17-year-old Pfeiffer girl early Sunday morning. Batesville 911 dispatch got a call from Cody Duke of Evening Shade around 2:30 a.m. who …

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  • Sex offender moves to Violet Hill

    MELBOURNE — A man who was convicted for first-degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl has moved into the Violet Hill area, according to the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. Palmer Lee Ward, 45, is residing at 300 Searcy Drive (off Shadow Gate Road) in Violet …

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  • Alleged meth dealer arrested

    WALNUT RIDGE — When the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off about a Black Rock woman selling methamphetamine from her house, deputies began watching the house and soon noticed large amounts of quick traffic from the residence. Deputies arranged to buy meth from Kim …

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  • Library board to meet

    The Independence County Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., to discuss library activities. Meetings are open to the public.

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