• Web Nobel Deva Hupaylo

    Area native part of Nobel Peace Prize team

    When Deva Hupaylo graduated from Salem High School her teachers wanted her to focus on the field of medicine. Instead, she headed to the University of Arkansas and opted to become a chemical engineer. After landing jobs with some nationally recognized companies she applied for …

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  • Driver sought after high-speed chase north of Batesville

    A high-speed chase was called off and officers are looking for the possible driver. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Ernie Gillihan said the driver of the car took him and others on a high-speed chase with speeds at more than 100 mph. Gillihan said the driver …

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  • Pot grower receives probation

    Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Dan Kemp recently sentenced Aaron Edward Runyan to five years probation after officers found 126 pot plants around his home at 320 Antioch Road. Acting on information he might be growing marijuana, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office ran a criminal history …

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  • Legal Aid recognizes Castleberry

    In observance of Law Day on May 1, Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that T. Lindsey Castleberry of Batesville is being recognized for his outstanding volunteerism in the 16th Judicial District, which includes Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard and Stone counties. Castleberry donated over 13 hours …

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  • Wording of alcohol item rejected 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas attorney general’s office has rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would make alcohol sales legal in all 75 of the state’s counties. Thursday’s ruling by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said there were ambiguities in the text of …

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  • Man won’t face death penalty for setting girlfriend on fire 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t seek the death penalty against a North Little Rock man charged with setting his girlfriend on fire then dousing her with gasoline. Matthew Nichols is charged with capital murder in the May 2013 death of Jessie McFadden. …

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  • Voyeur doc held on $500K bond 

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist and obstetrician charged with taking photographs of a nude female patient has been ordered held on $500,000 bond. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington says Dr. Paul Becton made his initial appearance in Greene County District Court Thursday where bond was …

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  • Court upholds son’s conviction for beating mother to death

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a Dardanelle man sentenced to life in prison for the death of his mother. Tommy Bowden was convicted of first-degree murder for the January 2012 death of his mother, 71-year-old Julie Richardson. …

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  • Shoe company laying off 56 workers in Hot Springs 

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Citing competition in the industry, a Hot Springs shoe manufacturer has announced plans to lay off more than half of its workforce at its Lake Catherine Footwear facility, leaving 56 people out of work. Munro & Co. said Thursday that the …

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  • Board to honor students, teams

    The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary. The agenda includes student and team recognitions, personnel reports and contract extensions of district level employees and building employees, among others.

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  • CC board to hear presentation

    CAVE CITY — TheCave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle school library. The agenda includes a history club presentation about Washington, D.C., discussion of salary schedules, the 2014-15 school calendar, review of School Choice applicants as well as kindergarten …

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  • Airport meeting postponed

    Due to multiple scheduling conflicts with commission members, the Batesville Airport Commission’s regular meeting that was scheduled for Monday will be postponed until the following Monday evening, April 28, airport manager Darren Wilkes has announced. The commission will meet at 6 p.m. in the terminal.

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