• Highland High School wins state bass fishing title

    BULL SHOALS — The Highland High School team of Preston Wiles and Emma Johnson brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11.57 pounds to win the 2014 Arkansas State High School Fishing Championship on Bull Shoals Lake. The win earned the team the …

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  • West K-Kids net awards

    The West Magnet Elementary K-Kids organization, which is part of Kiwanis International, was recently recognized by the Batesville Kiwanis Club for recent awards from the Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis District. Several students placed first in the entire Missouri-Arkansas District of K-Kids. West K-Kids President Lily Gillihan was …

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  • KIDS to hold meeting

    Keep Independence Dry and Safe will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. For more information visit www.keepindependencedrysafe.com or visit the group on Facebook.

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  • Stroke survivor finishes race on walker

    Tears filled Cheryl Hissong’s eyes and sweat rolled off her face and onto her trembling hands. Each time she looked up, she could see the finish line inching closer. She didn’t care she was dead last in a field of more than 2,000; dozens of …

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  • Thousands turn out for Unity Fest – $162,000 raised

    It was another record year for the Unity Fest on the River, which was held Saturday at Riverside Park. The event raised $162,000 for John 3:16 Ministries. About 4,000 people took in the fish and chicken dinner, according to Dane Bawcom, head of the ministry’s …

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  • Man beats ex, flees police

    Leaping from a motel window with a large amount of narcotics and cash after he allegedly held his former girlfriend hostage has resulted in numerous misdemeanor charges for a Batesville man. Aaron Lee Kelly, 31, of Batesville had persuaded a 27-year-old woman to leave a …

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  • No bond set for federal fugitive

    No bond has been set for Brandon Ray Brokaw, who was arrested last week on a federal fugitive warrant. Brokaw is being charged with a felony possession of firearms by certain persons. The affidavit for arrest states Brokaw was convicted of a felony on or …

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  • Man ‘welcomed’ with trip to jail after wrecking car near Batesville sign

    DWI. Careless driving. Disorderly conduct. Resisting arrest. Michael James Robinson, 32, of Batesville faces these misdemeanor charges after he was found in a car wrecked near the Welcome to Batesville sign. Deputy Michael Moody said when he arrived Friday around 2:54 a.m. he stopped to …

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  • Relay for Life to include auction, entertainment, more

    MELBOURNE — Izard County Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Melbourne Walking Trail with the survivor lap, followed by the caregiver lap and team lap. A silent auction will begin at 7:30 and will include many items, including hunting trips, …

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  • Man wants to fight cops for ‘picking on him’

    A man with a pipe who was cursing and yelling in the middle of the road said he would fight anyone who called the cops was taken to jail shortly after one arrived. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Ben Keener said he was dispatched to 115 …

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  • Sharp Co. fair to be July 21-26; theme is ‘Fabulous 50’s’

    ASH FLAT —The Sharp County Fair will be July 21-26 at the fairgrounds just off U.S. Highway 167 about four miles south of Ash Flat, said Nancy Orr, fair board secretary. “The theme is ‘The Fabulous 50’s,’” she said. “The fair is rapidly approaching and …

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  • Fish, chicken dinner set

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will host a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. The all-you-can-buffet including drink and dessert as well as homemade peanut brittle will be $10 for those 12 and older and free for children …

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