• Fight after child custody hearing sends man to jail

    Shortly after a couple left court from a child custody hearing, one of them was taken to jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Gene Davis said he was called to Central Avenue after a caller said he was following a vehicle and watching the man hit …

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  • SHS welcomes Vital Link

    SOUTHSIDE — An ambulance on school grounds isn’t usually a welcomed sight but at Southside High School, Vital Link EMS has found a second home. Housed in the high school’s new building, it is the first substation to be located in Independence County for the …

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  • Man accused of domestic battery

    Jeron Deshawn Holliday, 34, of Batesville faces a domestic battering charge after Independence County sheriff’s officers were called by a neighbor who was sleeping on her couch and was awakened by a banging on her door. The neighbor said a woman and her crying children …

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  • Burn ban still on

    Independence County is still under a burn ban, according to Batesville firefighter Mark McCollum. No outside burning is allowed. The fine for violating the burn ban is $1,140 and will be strictly enforced, McCollum said.

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  • Merchants and Planters names Cross new chief lending officer

    Newport — Randy Cross has been promoted to chief lending officer for Merchants and Planters Bank, according to a news release. Cross will be responsible for ensuring the institution’s overall loan portfolio is managed in accordance with state and federal regulations and that the lending …

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  • Teacher, class, school board to be honored at Newark

    NEWARK — The Newark City Council will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Newark Municipal Building to honor Cedar Ridge teacher Dr. Judy Butler’s high school science class and the Cedar Ridge School Board, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston. Butler and her …

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  • Citizens Bank furnishes chapel at Wood-Lawn Heights facility

    Judy Belcher, director of Wood-Lawn Heights, recently accepted a $5,000 contribution from John Dews, CEO of Citizens Bank, which helped furnish the chapel at the new nursing home and rehabilitative facility at 2800 Neeley St. in Batesville. The bank’s donation helped pay for pews, lighting …

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  • Additional sheriff pictures sought

    MELBOURNE — Efforts are under way to establish a photo gallery of all previous sheriffs of Izard County, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, who said that 10 photos have been obtained for the project. Among the photos is one of John Stacey Roberts, who served …

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  • Spaghetti dinner planned

    The Batesville Kiwanis Club will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 11 at First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Tickets will be $5 each and will include entertainment by local residents, a live auction and raffle of themed baskets.

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  • Lewallen to run for JP seat

      Ron Lewallen of Batesville has announced he is seeking the seat of Independence County justice of the peace, District 9, currently held by Bill Cash. Lewallen is a Democrat.           Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political …

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  • ICEDC to meet

    The Independence County Economic Development Commission will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in attorney Bob Stroud’s office located on the second floor of Batesville City Hall. Commissioners will discuss bringing new business into the area.

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  • Bootlegger Daze announced

    CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock Museum will have its Second Annual Bootlegger Daze Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8. Events include antique cars, revenuers arresting bootleggers on Main Street, food and craft vendors and a working moonshine still. Bryan Hayes and the …

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