• Judge threatens town officials

    JASPER (AP) — A circuit judge has found Lead Hill officials in contempt of court for a failure to repay thousands of dollars owed to a rural public water authority. Judge Shawn Womack warned officials Tuesday in Jasper that he plans to order them jailed …

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  • Sticks of the trade – Single dad carves out a living

    With a wide-brimmed hat to shade his face from the blistering summer heat, Jose “Joe” Dominguez stops carving only long enough to wipe the sweat from his brow. It’s been a hard year for the single father who wanted to move closer to family — …

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  • Haney from ‘Clash’ arrested

    HARDY — A “Clash of the Ozarks” regular had a clash with police Friday night following a traffic stop in Sharp County that landed him in jail on possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Sheriff Mark Counts. Deputy Gary Mitchell made a traffic stop on …

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  • Man driving lawn mower at dark without lights had dope

    ASH FLAT — A man driving a riding lawn mower without its lights on after 10 at night on U.S. Highway 63 in Sharp County had marijuana and a smoking pipe with him, said Sheriff Mark Counts. The 911 call about the Williford man, identified …

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  • Man faces charges after threatening sister

    A 57-year-old Batesville man is facing third-degree assault on a family member and possession of drug paraphernalia after allegedly threatening his sister Sunday night. Independence County Sgt. Shawn Stevens responded to a call at 20 Kyle St. where he met Carolyn Caldwell who said her …

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  • AO puts $365K back that HRA had taken out

    The old Kelley-Wyatt’s restaurant was filled to capacity Tuesday night as the newly formed board for Health Resources of Arkansas met for its first official meeting since the merger with Alternative Opportunities. Some of the previous HRA board members were asked to stay on, while …

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  • ‘Stuff the Bus’ donations still being sought

    United Way of Independence County on Wednesday will conclude its annual effort “Stuff the Bus” and “Best Foot Forward” collection of school supplies and new athletic shoes for needy children in Independence County and Cave City. School buses accepting donations on Saturday were located at …

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  • Bridgman named King White River

    The newest member to the class of King White River honorees was welcomed during the Miss Batesville and Miss White River pageants at the University of Community College at Batesville on Saturday night. Gary Bridgman, King White River 2014, was selected by the pageant board …

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  • Searcy man pleads guilty to killing grandmother

    SEARCY (AP) — A Searcy man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his grandmother. Grant Ellis Crawford, 25, was sentenced after entering the plea Monday in the Jan. 13 shooting of 65-year-old …

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  • State’s tax-free holiday draws large crowds

    In this economy, every little bit of savings helps and thousands turned out to take advantage of the 2014 Arkansas sales tax holiday, a yearly event where sales tax does not have to be paid on items such as school supplies, clothing and accessories. As …

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  • Ozarka hires criminal justice program coordinator

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has announced the hiring of its new criminal justice program coordinator and instructor, according to a news release. Nicholas Wilcox has substantial work experience in law enforcement. Most recently, he served Fletcher Technical Community College in Louisiana as a full-time instructor …

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  • Pryor continues job tour with local business leaders

    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor will continue to reach out to Arkansas manufacturers about his “American-Made Strong” jobs legislation with a tour stop at Bad Boy Mowers, 102 Industrial Drive in Batesville, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Pryor will also host a roundtable with Mayor Rick Elumbaugh …

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