• Arkansas Children’s Week

    Brandon Reed (seated in back) rides with Lisa McGhee’s preschool class at Southside preschool Tuesday. The carriage rides, offered by Anderson’s Promise Land, were part of Arkansas Children’s Week.    

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  • Trike-a-thon

    Oil Trough preschoolers Abby Teague (yellow trike), Lillian Talley (big bike) and David McClain (red trike) participate in a trike-a-thon to help support and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations will be accepted through May 4.  

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  • Arrests made in fleeing, false 911 call incidents

    Investigation of a reported domestic violence incident over the weekend led to a 24-year-old Batesville man being treated for injuries he suffered in a fall while fleeing from police. Deputies Shay Moore and Darin Brewer responded to the call on Weaver Chapel Road around 12:03 …

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  • Girl reported as runaway

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the community’s assistance in locating a missing teenage girl. Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said 16-year-old Abigail McDaniel was last seen around noon Saturday in the vicinity of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, 100 St. Vincent’s Place, Bethesda. Police …

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  • Izard deputies arrest drunks, others

    MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies were dispatched to a Calico Rock residence early Saturday night in response to an unwelcome person at that residence who was causing problems, according to Sheriff Tate Lawerence. The visitor, identified as Richard Thomas Brown, 53, of Pineville, had left …

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  • WRMC heart health screening a success

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — According to womenheart.org, more than 42 million American women are currently living with their No. 1 killer and don’t even realize it — heart disease. In an effort to make women more aware of their risk of developing heart disease, White River …

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  • A remarkable life – Sallie Stockard: A woman ahead of her time

    (Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a four-part series about Sallie Walker Stockard, whose 1904 “The History of Lawrence, Jackson, Independence and Stone Counties of the Third Judicial District of Arkansas” was her fourth book. The book is sometimes referred to as “The …

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  • Melbourne sets commencement May 11

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 11 in the gymnasium with 59 seniors graduating. The speaker will be Dr. Karen Cushman, assistant commissioner for human resources with the Arkansas Department of Education. Valedictorian is Allison Paige Vickery, daughter of …

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  • DAR attends state conference in Little Rock

    The Arkansas State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual State Conference recently at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. Representing the Independence County Chapter were regent Jean Crouch, recording secretary Dora Kate Lee, registrar Mary Miller, Linda Carol Cooper, Elizabeth …

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  • Civitan proclamation

    Members of the White River Valley Civitan Club watch as Independence County Judge Robert Griffin signs a proclamation declaring April as Civitan Awareness month. Pictured from left are (back row) Lisa Pinkston, WRVCC secretary; Shelley Gipson; Sarah Bolin; April Williams; Lila Harmon (front row) Jennie …

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  • Ozarka to offer GED test

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Melbourne will give the GED test May 14 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, May …

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  • Two arrested on Lafferty Creek

    One person was released, but two others were arrested after police reportedly found them trespassing on private property on Collietown Road in the northern part of Independence County. Deputy John Carroll said he was patroling the area after getting several complaints from the person who …

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