• Garcia challenges Krug

    Editor’s note: The Batesville Daily Guard will be publishing a series of articles profiling viewpoints of candidates in local races. This is the first. The election is Nov. 6.   Two sitting members of the Batesville City Council drew opponents this year, and both races …

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  • GOP scorns candidates’ views – Fuqua, Hubbard statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims. The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon …

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  • Inmate slices wrist, swallows razor blade

    For the second time in three weeks an Independence County jail inmate has attempted suicide. Deputy Kirk Green with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said he was dispatched to the county jail around 9:30 Saturday night regarding 31-year-old inmate Derrick Hicks cutting his wrist and …

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  • Bus driver cited

    No one was injured at about 3:40 p.m. Friday in a two-vehicle accident involving a Batesville school bus transporting students home. According to a police report Angela Wellman was driving the 2005 Bluebird school bus west on Carter Street when it came to a stop …

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  • Kiwanis honors Martin

    Reneé Martin hit the ground running when she came to Batesville some 17 years ago. Right away she got her business going, started looking for a church in which to worship, and a community organization in which to serve. Today, Forrest Priest is glad she …

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  • BPA presents awards

    The Batesville Preservation Association announced its 2012 awards for historic preservation and restoration at its fall gala held Saturday at Lyon College’s Bradley Manor. In making its 30th annual awards, the association recognized eight Batesville property owners for their efforts in maintaining and improving their …

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  • Voting machines to be tested

    The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the basement of the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville to do logic and accuracy testing on all voting machines for the Nov. 6 general election. Testing will be a day-long event and may …

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  • Cave City woman arrested

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Cave City woman was arrested in Strawberry on Tuesday for being a felon in possession of a firearm, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. Laveda Bunn, 46, was arrested following a traffic stop in Strawberry on the vehicle Bunn was driving, …

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  • Quorum court to meet

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 tonight in the Jess B. Carpenter building. Ordinances establishing a juvenile deprecation fund and a juvenile court representation fund will be discussed. The court will hear reports from department heads and in new business will hear …

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  • Alexander coming to town

    Former U.S. Congressman Bill Alexander will be in town as part of a tour of his former district and visiting with old friends. He will be in Batesville for coffee at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Josie’s at the Lockhouse. The event is open to the …

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  • City council to look at bids for dispatch, sludge removal

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Dispatch Supervisor Joy Wilson will present bids on a CAD System, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Eugene Townsley will have bids on sludge removal. Meanwhile, the council will approve an ordinance to …

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  • Speeding leads to drug charges

    WALNUT RIDGE — A vehicle speeding in Black Rock on Thursday resulted in the driver being arrested on drug charges, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. Shane Norks, 24, of Paragould was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (Percocet), possession of a controlled substance …

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