• Possessed? Part II – Jail nurse: Woman’s eyes were ‘pure demon evil’

    Editor’s note: This story contains material that some readers might find disturbing. Previously: In 1994, a woman, whose name has been withheld, was arrested for starting fires in Mountain View. At the time, the city was unable to house female prisoners and she was brought …

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  • ‘Idol’ finalist to headline; Newark’s TNT is Saturday

    NEWARK — Lauren Gray, top 40 finalist in this year’s American Idol competition, will headline Saturday’s 18th annual Times-N-Traditions Festival at Newark, said Ernie Pectol, one of the organizers. “All activities except the parade are scheduled at the Newark City Park,” said Pectol. “This year’s …

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  • Voting begins Tuesday

    Early voting for Arkansas’ annual school board elections is set to begin Tuesday and end Sept. 17. Area contested races include the Batesville, Highland and Calico Rock school boards. In Independence County, early voting for Batesville, Southside, Midland and Cedar Ridge school districts will be …

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  • Man jailed for violating protection order

    Timothy L. Roberson, 29, of Pleasant Plains remains incarcerated in the Independence County jail, and is being formally charged with felony violation of a protection order for allegedly hitting his elderly mother. In a court affidavit filed Wednesday, Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Mundy said …

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  • UACCB to host community picnic

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host a community picnic at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the lawn outside the Nursing and Allied Health building and the Row-Johns Library. This event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the community as …

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  • Newport resident shot

    NEWPORT — Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to Ashley Drive in Newport about 10 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a shooting, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Criminal Investigations Division. Officers located the victim, who was identified as Melvin Cox, 28, of Newport, …

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  • Man’s death investigated

    The cause of death of a 27-year-old Batesville man is to be determined by the Arkansas State Medical Examiners Office, according to a news release from Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. “On Wednesday (approximately 8:20 a.m.) officers were dispatched to the White River Medical Center …

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  • Steeles named top young farmers

    LITTLE ROCK — A local farm family has been named a finalist for the 2012 Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. Nicholas and Karen Steele of Sulphur Rock have a diverse ranching/livestock program that includes 175 head of cows and calves, four …

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  • Recovery of stolen Jeep ends with arrest warrant

    Recovery of a white 1993 Jeep, taken from J & J Auto Sales of Batesville on March 29, has resulted in issuance of an arrest warrant for a Searcy man, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Dustin Robbins. In his …

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  • Burglary patrol leads to pursuit, multiple charges

    Riding a homemade motor scooter behind a police supply house in the middle of the night earned a Batesville man the attention of an Independence County sheriff’s deputy. That attention then led to a brief pursuit and arrest for numerous violations. Deputy Patrick Collins said …

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  • Leatherwoods to perform Friday at UACCB

    Four entertainers will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Independence Hall, located on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Leatherwoods, Dave Smith, Mulligan Stew and the Lazy Goat String Band will perform. Folk center artisans will display …

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  • Booths available for yard sale

    CUSHMAN — A fall sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Cushman Community Center. Merchandise for sale will include crafts, decor, yard sale items and other goods. Booths are available for $10. Tables will be provided on a first-come, …

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