• Blanchard explorers to present program

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The “Blanchard Exploration with Handford and Hill” program will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater near Blanchard Campground, located off Highway 14 in the Ozark National Forest, 15 miles northwest of Mountain View near the town of Fifty Six. …

    Read More

  • Club News

    Ruff Riders 4-H Club ASH FLAT — Several members of the Ruff Riders 4-H Club attended the state 4-H horse show, held July 19 at Searcy. Winners include Kyle Manning, third, gaited pleasure; and Shaina Manning, seventh, stake race, and second, gaited pleasure. Kaitlyn Coursey …

    Read More

  • Izard fair is next week

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Fair will be Aug. 7-11, but there are deadlines this week, according to a news release. The deadlines for entries for the creative arts and livestock, Moss-Gallegos scholarship applications and the county bred validation entries have passed; for more information …

    Read More

  • Beyond the bars: ‘Like a day care for big kids’

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting the everyday working people of Independence County.   Laurel Sparks and Kody Headley were looking for interesting careers when they went to college for degrees in criminal justice. “Kody and I actually met …

    Read More

  • Officer asks for license, offered cigarettes instead

    The officer who arrested William Dolph Smith for driving while intoxicated Sunday afternoon asked for Smith’s driver’s license but was handed a pack of cigarettes instead. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens  said Smith, found by Pleasant Plains first responders lying in a ditch beside a …

    Read More

  • New Ash Flat library opens with Patti Dunlap art show

    ASH FLAT — The new Ash Flat Public Library is presenting Patti Dunlap as guest artist of the month during August, said Ina Gill, who is helping with publicity. The library is in the old fire station building directly behind the First National Banking Co. …

    Read More

  • Motel arrests leads to gun, drug charges

    MELBOURNE — Two Izard County residents were arrested at a motel in Melbourne last Tuesday for weapons and drug charges, according to a report from Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Tanya Turner   • Ricky Lake, 33, of Oxford and Tanya Lynette Turner, 42, of Melbourne were both …

    Read More

  • Tax holiday begins Saturday

    Arkansas’ annual sales tax holiday will be held Saturday and Sunday. State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of clothing and footwear if the sales price is less than $100 per item; clothing accessories and equipment …

    Read More

  • Victim needs more surgery

    CAVE CITY — A 10-year-old Cave City boy who got a thumb snapped off by a rope during rodeo action at H&H Rodeo Arena at Cord during Saturday night’s rodeo was headed back into surgery this morning after the reattached thumb began “turning colors,” according …

    Read More

  • Felon charged for pawning gun

    A warrant was issued Friday charging a Batesville man with being a felon in possession of a firearm after he reportedly pawned a rifle at J & J Pawn Shop earlier in the week. In a court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mundy said …

    Read More

  • Intruder arrested after struggle

    A Batesville man was arrested  around 10:30 Sunday night after he allegedly barged into a home in west Batesville looking for a man who wasn’t there. Deputy Bret Ward said when he arrived at the residence two men were struggling on the front porch, one …

    Read More

  • Guns, tools, checkbook stolen

    A suspect has been named in one of two incidents where guns and other items were stolen from in Independence County. Deputy Rob Leonard said he took a report from Fredrick Hammer Monday afternoon regarding the theft of a .50 caliber CVA muzzleloading rifle, an …

    Read More