• The truth is in the telling Australian company brings voice analyzer to Melbourne

    MELBOURNE — It may not read your mind, but it can tell whether you’re telling the truth or not. Earlier this month a Melbourne, Australia man came to Melbourne, Arkansas to introduce his voice verification technology to local law enforcement. Lt. Col. John W. Ryan …

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  • Cops find drugs, babies in house

    The Department of Human Services did not remove two 9-day-old baby girls from a home where a marijuana “smoking room” was found last Friday, but the residents were given a ticket, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies Patrick Collins and …

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  • Body ID’d as local man

    A body found at Des Arc in Prairie County on Thursday has been identified as that of a Batesville man, according to Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler and a press release from Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. Sadler identified the victim as Tevin Suggs, …

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  • Man threatens to burn church

    Claiming he was refused help from a neighborhood church Sunday morning, a Quail Valley man reportedly threatened to burn it down. Independence County Deputy Zach Rawlings said he was dispatched to 4040 Harrison St. around 12:30 p.m. after a man who would identify himself only …

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  • Son burns dad’s truck in retaliation for taunts

    MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man was arrested last week after he burned his dad’s truck, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Deputy Ed Sollock was called around 3:30 a.m. Aug. 20 to a Melbourne apartment complex by Melbourne Fire Chief Rusty Campbell who had …

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  • Domestic battery warrant issued for man who beat mother

    A Pleasant Plains man has been charged with second-degree battery involving his 71-year-old mother. Timothy L. Roberson, 28, was arrested Thursday on the charge, according to a court affidavit signed by Lt. Mike Mundy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. The battery incident reportedly happened …

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  • Veterans office to be closed

    The Independence County Veteran Services Office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for the state of Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Fall Training Conference, according to a news release. Normal business hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and is located …

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  • Moore leads association

    LITTLE ROCK — Dennis Moore, director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Services Area Health Education Center-North Central in Batesville, was recently installed as president of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA). Moore, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, assumed the one-year post …

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  • Co-op board to meet

    MELBOURNE — The Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Cooperative will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 in the NAESC training room at 99 Haley St. at Melbourne. The board will hear reports from the president and directors, hear a financial report and consider the hiring of …

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  • Graham to direct college, community choirs

    Lyon College has a new choir director. Karen V. Graham will be stepping in as Lyon’s new choir director this fall. She also will direct the Batesville Community Choir. Graham received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003, where she also …

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  • Roper promoted by Lyon College

    Jeff Roper has been promoted to assistant director of financial aid at Lyon College, according to a news release. Roper has been with Lyon since 2007, beginning as an enrollment services representative and joining the financial aid staff in 2009, where he has held the …

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  • Bank awards 3 scholarships

    Citizens Bank has awarded college scholarships to three recipients as part of the bank’s continuing commitment to higher education, according to a news release.   Verlinda Cullum of Newark received the $1,000 Citizens Bank UACCB Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student at the …

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