• Police see fewer crimes overall in city limits

    In August, there was a total of 598 crimes reported in Independence County, but only 179 were in the city limits of Batesville. “That is a direct reflection of manpower you put on the streets,” Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill told the Batesville City Council Tuesday …

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  • Pleth hires one

    Pleth LLC, a full-service marketing agency, which provides creative marketing, design, website and mobile application development, has expanded its team with the hiring of Lauren Geurin, according to Pleth owner Greg Smart. “Lauren is an experienced account executive with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and …

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  • Forgery, theft charges filed

    Nineteen-year-old Roger Holder Jr. of Batesville is been charged with 13 counts of forgery and one count of theft by receiving according to an Independence County court affidavit. In the affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Thatch said that on Sept. 12 Gerald Cupler filed …

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  • Sheriff visits C-Rock preschool

    CALICO ROCK — Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence and Deputy Mark Semino recently visited with children at Calico Rock Head Start preschool about their safety as related to strangers, fire safety and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Each student was presented with a safety …

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  • Student uses degree to serve children

    Gilbert Lopez grew up in Diboll, Texas and attended a local community college before he moved to Independence County. When he arrived, he became a nursing student at the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville. The youngest of six siblings, Lopez said several of …

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  • Soaking up history at Smith’s Garage – Brothers to be parade grand marshals

    CUSHMAN — Two weeks of hanging around Smith’s Garage is equivalent to any college education. At least that’s the rumor in Cushman. At Smith’s, owned by Gene Smith and often also frequented by his brothers Howard Smith and Tiny (officially, James, although he answers to …

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  • Treasurer says county in red

    The county says it’s not getting paid and is operating “in the red.” As of this morning Independence County Treasurer Bob Treadway said the county general fund is currently $108,725.61 in the red due to late payments by the cities of Batesville and Newark. As …

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  • Man dies after going through glass door

    MELBOURNE -— The death of a 28-year-old Horseshoe Bend man is currently being looked at as an accident, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Lawrence said the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Arkansas State Police is assisting the Horseshoe Bend Police Department …

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  • John 3:16 Variety Night set for Oct. 20

    It’s dinner and a show — plus giveaways, auction items and much more. John 3:16 Ministries will present its seventh annual Variety Night Oct. 20 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall. This is a fundraiser for John 3:16, a spiritual-based …

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  • Felon arrested in burglary case

    David W. Holder A Batesville man wanted on theft charges was arrested by Independence County authorities Monday and several items believed stolen were confiscated from the residence where he was living, according to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. “Daniel Ledlow (23) was wanted on charges …

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  • Two charged in car dealership theft

    Michelle L. Durham Bond has been set at $60,000 each for Paul J. Edding and Michelle L. Durham for their alleged part in the theft of several items from the construction site of the new Stanley Wood Chevrolet dealership on Highway 167 in the Southside …

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  • Boot camp deadline extended

    The deadline for Independence County residents to register for Independence County Entrepreneur Boot Camp has been extended to Oct. 17, according to Herb Lawrence, director for Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center. The boot camp is for anyone wishing to start a …

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