• Council votes to split police

    The city is going to cut bait. The Batesville City Council has finally answered the “will they or won’t they” question regarding whether it will split from the county sheriff’s office. Tuesday night, during the council comments portion of the regular council meeting, Alderman Chris …

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  • Farm/hardware store opens in Pleasant Plains

    PLEASANT PLAINS — For years, Danny and Karen Davis have been contemplating what to do with the property they owned at 6195 Batesville Blvd. After they both retired as teachers, they decided to open a store that incorporated things they both loved. What initially started …

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  • Holiday burglaries, thefts reported

    Thefts of everything from hand tools to cook stoves and cash are keeping local investigators busy during the holiday season. Sunday morning, Independence County Deputy John Carroll was dispatched to an area where new chicken houses were being built on Pfeiffer Road. Upon arrival he …

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  • Former Razorback arrested days after murder acquittal

    BENTONVILLE — Less than a week after being found not guilty of second-degree murder, former Batesville High School and Arkansas Razorback football player Joshua Melton has been arrested again. Bentonville police officers arrested Melton, 34, of Fayetteville on Tuesday for harassment, carrying a weapon and …

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  • Dolph man arrested for traffic, drug violations

    MELBOURNE — A Dolph man was arrested early Sunday morning for multiple traffic and drug violations, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Edwin Ben Teegarden, 42, faces charges of driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, …

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  • Magness honors mayor, prohibits ‘engine-braking’

    MAGNESS — The Magness City Council recognized its mayor for his years of service when it met last week. John Hall has been mayor 12 years and “involved in many improvements of the town in that time,” recorder-treasurer Teresa Goings said, and have included installing …

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  • Open houses, new providers announced for area WRHS clinics

    White River Health System is hosting two community open houses Tuesday, December 16. An open house for the Cave City Medical Clinic will be held at the clinic, located at 301 S. Main St., from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to introduce the clinic’s new provider Tammy Lusk, …

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  • Ozarka hires aviation director

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has announced the hiring of Nick Lenczycki to serve as director of aviation for the inaugural program to begin during the fall 2015 semester. “Nick’s vast experience in a university level aviation programs will allow Ozarka College to launch the aviation …

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  • Retreat camps burglarized

    When Sikeston, Missouri brothers John and Aubrey Sanders showed up at their “getaway” campsite in the Newark area Monday morning, they didn’t find any tranquility. The camps of both men had been burglarized. The brothers told Independence County Deputy James Wood they had not been …

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  • C-Ridge bands set concert

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District bands will present their annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school gym at Newark. The concert will feature bands from beginning through advanced levels under the direction of Billy Madison. Admission is free and …

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  • Ex-inmate suing

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former Arkansas inmate has filed a federal lawsuit against investigators, prosecutors and the state’s attorney general over his wrongful conviction. Gyronne Buckley spent more than 11 years in prison over drug convictions that were later dismissed by the courts. They …

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  • Congress relaxes some school lunch standards

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line. A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn’t allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it …

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