• Burn ban reinstated in Sharp

    ASH FLAT — Due to the return of hot and windy conditions, the burn ban for Sharp County was reactivated Friday and will remain in effect until further notice, said County Judge Larry Brown.

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  • Newport man accused of leaving baby in car

    Father to appear in court today NEWPORT — A Newport man was scheduled to appear in Jackson County District Court today after his 16-month-old daughter died after being left in a hot car on Friday. Officers with the Newport police, fire and emergency departments were …

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  • Sakura, U.S. Pizza to bump city coffers

    Quorum court to enact alcohol tax U.S. Pizza has been annexed into the Batesville city limits and should be collecting alcohol taxes by Aug. 10, city officials said. The council approved the annexation at its July 10 meeting, and the action takes effect 30 days …

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  • SWAT called for man holed up in building

    SWAT was called out after a fight between a man with a gun and his wife took a turn for the worse Friday night when he reportedly hit her with the gun and locked himself in a shop building. Independence County Deputy Gary Franks said …

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  • Inmate death under investigation

    Authorities have released the identity of an Independence County jail inmate who died at White River Medical Center early Thursday morning. Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery identified the man as Roshiek Wren, 27, of Oak Ridge Boys Lane, Batesville. At approximately 4 a.m., sheriff’s deputies …

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  • AHPP gathers input for preservation plan

    In 2005, Fellowship Bible Church decided to tear down the metal façade on its front. Little did church members know it would become the inspiration for a statewide grant program. The success of the Fellowship Bible Church project was the inspiration for the Slip Cover …

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  • Revenge-driven man arrested with shotgun

    Armed with a shotgun and a box of shells, a revenge-minded Southside man was arrested at a Jones Drive residence early this morning for public intoxication and carrying a weapon. Roger Dale Holder, 19, was arrested at 179 Jones Drive after he reportedly went to …

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  • UW kicks off campaign

    The Independence County chapter of United Way kicked off its 2012-13 campaign during Monday’s noon meeting of the Batesville Rotary Club held at Josie’s. The theme is “Live United.” United Way Director Vonda Oberbeck, who is also a Rotarian, spoke of her close working relationship …

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  • Searcy man reported missing

    SEARCY — A Searcy man last seen Sunday has been reported missing by his wife, according to the Searcy Police Department. Melissa McMahan, who has ties to the Batesville area, reported her husband, Randall McMahan, 37, missing Wednesday after he was last seen at midnight …

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  • School ‘nurse’ skips court appearance

    SEARCY (AP) — A woman charged with practicing nursing without a license has missed a court appearance and a judge has issued a warrant for her arrest. Authorities cited 49-year-old Suzanne Johnson of Pleasant Plains with the misdemeanor last month after Searcy School District officials …

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  • Man arrested at hospital claims CIA ties

    Claiming he was an undercover CIA agent responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden, a Batesville man was arrested for public intoxication at White River Medical Center Thursday night. Shortly after 8 p.m. Independence County Deputy Bret Ward was dispatched to the hospital where …

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  • 33 nursing students pinned

    Thirty-three practical nursing students were recognized during a recent pinning ceremony at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Graduates include: Ash Flat — DeAnna Elizabeth Spohr Bald Knob — Rebecca Dunn Batesville — Adrianne E. Bailey, Jennifer Batterton, Gary Dauzat, Patricia Goff, April …

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