• Bond for accused rapist set at $75,000

    Rodger Pittman HEBER SPRINGS — Rodger Dale Pittman, 39, of Greers Ferry was arrested and booked into the Cleburne County jail Saturday night and has been charged with one count of rape, according to a press release from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department. “Evidence gathered …

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  • Man charged in stabbing at VFW

    An argument in a bar reportedly ended in a man being stabbed while trying to get his friend away from the situation. Deputy Michael Darr said the stabbing reportedly occurred after carnival worker Rafael Rodriquez, 51, of Louisiana had words with another patron inside the …

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  • Two-vehicle crash at Fourth and College streets

    A.C. BELL prepares to load Greg Smith’s 1994 Honda motorcycle onto a rollback following a two-vehicle crash at Fourth and College streets Thursday morning. Police say Baretta Robinson, 36, of Cave City was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and ran a stop sign, then was …

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  • Bond set at $100K – Pregnant girlfriend, mom beaten by man

    Mark B. Scheffler Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Batesville man accused of beating his mother and pregnant girlfriend, according to a court affidavit that also lists him as an habitual offender. Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Mundy said in the affidavit that …

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  • Judge will keep Wertz on death row

    Steven Victor Wertz ASH FLAT — Steven Victor Wertz is staying on death row. The decision rendered by Third Judicial Circuit Judge Harold Erwin earlier this month will keep the Florida man on the waiting list to die by lethal injection. Wertz was sentenced in …

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  • Memorial Day activities

    CUSHMAN — The Cushman Pleasant Valley Cemetery Association will hold its annual Memorial Day service and general meeting May 27. Activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. with an “Old Fashioned Dinner on the Grounds,” a roll call and election of officers at 1:30 followed by …

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  • Man’s death ruled suicide

    The death of a 30-year-old Batesville man has been ruled a suicide, according to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. Jeffery said deputies responded to the Case Street home of Ricky Watkins Jr. around 9:36 p.m. “Watkins appeared to have died from a single gunshot wound …

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  • City pools to open Saturday

    The Batesville city pools will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, parks director Jeff Owens has announced. Hours of operation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. for the Fitzhugh Park (also known as the “Mickey Mouse” pool) and North Complex pools. Admission is $4 per …

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  • Cave City revamps policies

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board made several changes in policies during a regular meeting Monday as recommended under the Arkansas School Boards Association Model Policy Service, said Superintendent Steven Green. The school’s personnel policy committees previously reviewed the proposed changes. Employees previously …

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  • Group takes young people to new heights

    Building, flying or just admiring airplanes — Glen Blevins is more than happy to share his passion with others. As president of Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1001, Blevins is adamant about getting the next generation interested in airplanes and recruit more members for the EAA. …

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  • Richards, Smith named to Phi Beta Kappa

    FAYETTEVILLE — Meagan Richards of Batesville and Amanda Smith of Locust Grove, both students at the University of Arkansas, have been inducted into the Alpha of Arkansas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the United States, according to …

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  • Launch site changed for tourney

    The launch site for Saturday’s Batesville Bassmasters tournament on Lake Dardanelle has been changed due to several other tournaments being held on the lake the same day, said Billy Littleton, reporter. The new launch site will be the Cherokee Crossing Ramp, he said. “This is …

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