• Newport man fatally shot

    NEWPORT — A Newport man has been arrested for shooting another man on Sunday, according to a news release from Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. Buddy Gene Summers, 37, is currently being held in the Jackson County jail and …

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  • Spelling Bee – Event is Tuesday

    Spelling bee winners from the county’s area schools will compete to become champion during the 2015 Independence County Spelling Bee to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall. The event is open to the public. …

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  • Students helping students – Tutors Inc. shown to be valuable addition

    Students are sometimes the best teachers as Regina Forehand, counselor at West Magnet Elementary, has learned. Thirteen years ago, West’s student population included 258 students in first through fourth grades. In a matter of years, with the addition of kindergarten, fifth and sixth grades, that …

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  • School to talk construction

    The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room. Agenda items include continued discussion of self-constructing a new preschool at the Newark campus after refinancing $1.25 million in second-lien bonds in June to fund the project. Because …

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  • CASA volunteers needed

    The 16th Legislative District’s Court Appointed Special Advocate organization has been invited to conduct a volunteer outreach event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mark Martin Museum in Batesville. The need for CASA volunteers in Independence County is great and the museum …

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  • Disaster planners to meet

    Independence County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Vital Link, 1033 EMS Drive. Members will hear subcommittee reports, discuss the upcoming volunteer appreciation dinner and volunteer award nominee. LEPC is made up of representatives from local businesses, emergency services, city …

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  • Cushman to review reports

    CUSHMAN — The Cushman City Council will meet at 6:30 tonight at city hall where monthly reports will be reviewed. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Ozarka scholarships available

    MELBOURNE — Due to recent donations made to Ozarka College, several scholarships are available for the spring 2015 semester, valued at $250 each. Deadline to apply is Feb. 6. To be considered, students must be enrolled full time and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 …

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  • Pfeiffer water sets meeting

    The Pfeiffer Public Water Authority will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Batesville Municipal Building for its monthly meeting. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Community School to meet

    The Community School Inc. board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at White River Specialized Industries, 1550 Cottonwood Drive in Batesville. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • CPR, first aid classes slated

    The Heartsaver cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid class will be offered by Vital Link ambulance service from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at 1033 EMS Drive in Batesville. The fee of $40 covers the textbook and CPR card. To register call (870) 793-3351.

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  • Ombudsman training offered

    White River Area Agency on Aging will host a free training class on the ombudsman program from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at 3998 Harrison St. in Batesville. The class is the first step toward becoming a certified volunteer ombudsman. Certified volunteer ombudsmen spend …

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