• Habitual offender out on bond

    A Newark man is free on a $25,000 cash-only bond after he was arrested and charged for evading officers on foot in August after alledgedly taking a vehicle without permission. Daniel Robert McElroy, 30, of 525 Arnold St., Newark, is being charged with third-degree escape …

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  • Warrant issued in theft from boater’s truck

    A Charlotte man identified as the suspect in the theft of items from a truck parked at a river landing on June 8 is being charged with one count of felony theft by receiving and one count of misdemeanor theft of property. The charges have …

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  • First Community presents grant, donation to Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County is receiving a major check thanks to First Community Bank. First Community Bank received approval from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas on a grant proposal for Habitat on Aug. 28. “The $15,000 grant, coupled with $5,000 pledged …

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  • Oil change Batesville native grows olives in Greece

    You don’t have to tell Batesville native Julie Batategas about extending an olive branch — she does it quite literally with her family’s olive farm. Julie, who was a Tatum at the time, was studying archaeology at the University of Southern Florida in Tampa and …

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  • Woman said she sold meth to support habit

    MELBOURNE — A Violet Hill woman who allegedly sold meth to support her own habit was arrested last week, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Brandie Leigh Holt, 26, was charged with delivery of methamphetamine and delivery of a controlled substance near a public …

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  • Suspect evades police in recovery of stolen truck

    Police were not able to locate a suspect who drove a stolen truck into the woods near the White River above Lock and Dam 2 over the weekend, but they did recover the truck taken from the Pfeiffer area and a four-wheeler stolen from Stone …

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  • Barbecue competition slated

    SIDNEY — The Sidney Volunteer Fire Department is hosing a Backyard BBQ Cook-Off competition from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at the fire station/town park area. Entry fee is $150 and entitles the cooker to enter the three meat categories of ribs, chicken …

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  • Man sought in connection with thefts of antiques

    Police are looking for a Batesville man who is accused of being in possession of items stolen from an antique shop where he once worked, said Independence County sheriff’s Detective Dustin Robbins. An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Andy Joe Andis of 170 E. …

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  • Chuckwagon cook-off returns

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Authentic, western chuckwagon cooking competition returns to the Stone County Fairgrounds in Mountain View this weekend, according to Jimmie Edwards, event director. Cooking teams using authentic chuckwagons, some from a current working ranch or trail drive of the 1800s, will be arriving …

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  • Accident claims life

    HARRISBURG — A Mountain View man was killed Friday in Poinsett County when his pickup lost control and overturned multiple times after being rear-ended. According to a preliminary crash report from the Arkansas State Police, Ricky Hodges, 60, was killed when Gregory A. Meilke, 24, …

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  • Hospital’s ER makes timely pledge

    NEWPORT — Harris Hospital in Newport has launched a 30-minute emergency room Service Pledge. “The 30-minute ER Service Pledge is to assure patients that we are dedicated not only to offering the best quality care, but also to providing that care as efficiently and quickly …

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  • Club News

    The Independence County Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, held its September meeting at the First Community Bank, Southside Branch Annex. The meeting was called to order by Chapter Regent Anne Moore, who led the Ritual. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag …

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