• Warrant issued for sex offender

    Zach Bruce Failure to keep his current address registered with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, as required by law, has resulted in a warrant being issued for the arrest of 21-year-old Zachary Bruce. Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said Bruce, who’s last known address was 255 …

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  • Burn ban in effect

    Independence County and the city of Batesville have been placed under a burn ban because of the dry conditions and high winds, according to officials. The ban remains in effect until the area receives substantial rainfall. Meanwhile, the Arkansas Forestry Commission says much of the …

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  • ICEDC slates meeting

    The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, according to executive director Ed Mabry.

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  • Budget panel to discuss grants

    The Independence County Quorum Court will hold a budget committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the county courthouse located at 192 E. Main St. The agenda will include grants and various other budget matters. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Free computer classes offered

    The Independence County Library continues to offer free computer instruction classes, said County Librarian Vanessa Adams. “In addition to the regular computer classes, the library has added Introduction to the Internet to its schedule,” she said. “Also, a calendar of events is available on the …

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  • Trivia Contest is Friday

    The Humane Society of Independence County has announced that its second annual Trivia Contest will be Friday at the Fellowship Bible Church on Main Street in Batesville. The date was originally March 10 but has been changed so it will not conflict with Habitat for …

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  • Moore joins AEDC

    Gov. Mike Beebe recently appointed 25 Arkansans to state boards and commissions, according to a news release. Among the appointments are Shelby Moore of Batesville to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Jackie McPherson of Heber Springs to the Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review …

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  • DAR essay winners named

    The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter recently named winners of its annual student essay contest. Students were asked to write an essay pretending they were alive during the War of 1812 and had a friend who had become famous in history because of …

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  • Independence County treasurer attends state workshop

    LITTLE ROCK — More than 60 treasurers and staff members met Feb. 21 and 22 at the Association of Arkansas Counties for a continuing education workshop. Among the attendees was Bob Treadway, Independence County treasurer. Treadway has earned a total of 27 continuing education credit …

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  • Hams, pork butts being sold for Easter holiday

    CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte is currently taking orders for hams and Boston butts for Easter. The cost for ham is $34.95 each, and pork butts are $24.95 (the same prices as at Thanksgiving and Christmas). Prices include tax. Pickup will be April …

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  • Pioneer Players to perform ‘Godspell’

    Batesville High School Drama Department Pioneer Players has announced its spring musical production of “Godspell.” The musical, based on the gospel of St. Matthew, was written by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The production is directed by Amanda Pickett with musical …

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  • Melbourne FFA visits Capitol

    MELBOURNE — Members of the Melbourne High School FFA Opening Ceremonies team were special guests of state Rep. Tommy Wren at the state Capitol Feb. 22. With the team’s focus being on beginning parliamentary procedure, the students got to see firsthand parlimentary procedure conducted by …

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