• City records $8.57 million permits in 2013 – New restaurant, Goodwill set to open

    As far as building permits were concerned, 2013 was a dismal year for the city of Batesville — but that doesn’t mean new businesses aren’t on the horizon. Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure said last year he recorded a valuation of $8.57 million, as far …

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  • Stolen truck found, driver not

    It was more than the color that caught Independence County Deputy Aaron Moody’s attention Saturday morning when he noticed a 2008 multicolored Dodge Ram pickup suddenly brake and turn around in a driveway before speeding away. Now the incident remains under investigation after the vehicle …

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  • Fight between husband, wife ends in two arrests

    Police were called to 50 Emerson Loop in Pleasant Plains early this morning after a woman claimed she was hit by her husband. Now both are in the Independence County jail facing charges of third-degree domestic battery and two counts of endangering the welfare of …

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  • Neighbors save victims of house fire

    NEWARK — Had it not been for their neighbors, Carl and Janie Stevens may not be here, according to Newark firefighter Marty Melton, who was one of the first on the scene to a house fire on Galloway Road Sunday morning. Melton said Todd and …

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  • Cosmetology gets local approval – Program now heads to state

    Cosmetology is an inch closer to being offered this fall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, but it will require acceptance from four other departments and finding a location to house before students can get out their scissors and combs. The UACCB …

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  • Armed standoff ends peacefully

    MELBOURNE — A four-hour armed standoff at a residence Friday in Pineville resulted in one man’s arrest, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Lawrence said Duane Stamper, 33, of Pineville had reportedly entered a neighbor’s home uninvited, armed with a .40-caliber handgun, making threats, and …

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  • Mother arrested for battery, accused of hitting daughter

    MELBOURNE — A mother was arrested Jan. 15 for domestic violence after a fight with her daughter at a Dolph residence, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. The daughter reported that her mother, Treva Shrake, 54, had been drinking, then started screaming at her …

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  • Son attacks mother; dad kicks door in

    After days of threatening his parents, a phone call set off 29-year-old Shaun Davis, who then attacked his mother, forcing his father to kick in a door to save her, according to a report form the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. On Sunday, Gary and Phyllis …

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  • Man facing five felonies after stop at checkpoint

    MELBOURNE — An earlier investigative hold arrest following a safety checkpoint arrest has resulted in multiple felony drug charges against a Sulphur Rock man, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Larry Dean Silas, 44, was formally charged with five felonies: • possession of meth with …

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  • Sharp Co. issues burn ban

    ASH FLAT — Due to dry and windy conditions, a burn ban has been issued for Sharp County, beginning today, said County Judge Larry Brown. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

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  • All of Arkansas at moderate wildfire risk

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Seven Arkansas counties are under burn bans and the entire state is at moderate risk of wildfires. The Arkansas Forestry Commission on Monday listed Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Independence, Perry, Stone and Van Buren counties as being under burn bans. The agency …

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  • Sharp Co. JPs hear about purchases, 1-cent tax revenue

    ASH FLAT — During the Sharp County Quorum Court’s regular meeting last week, County Judge Larry Brown gave a short recap of 2013. “The road department made about $267,000 in equipment purchases during 2013; $171,000 was for a new grader,” he said. “Sales tax (revenue) …

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