• Soldier who was pen pal visits Red Hatters

    JONESBORO — It’s not every day that you get to meet a hero or your pen pal, but for the ladies of the Red Hat Society at Craighead Nursing Center, they recently did both. Army Staff Sgt. Caleb Elsperman, a St. Louis native who now …

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  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    CHICAGO — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it …

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  • Police identify body of teen who drowned

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police have identified a man who drowned at Beaver Lake as 19-year-old Elijah Watson. Watson was swimming across the lake with two friends on Saturday night when he went under the water. A dive team found his body early Sunday morning. A …

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  • Texarkana prison escapee surrenders

    TEXARKANA (AP) — An escapee from the Texarkana Regional Correctional Center in southwestern Arkansas is back in custody. Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 41-year-old Daniel Malin returned to his work site Sunday morning after disappearing from the site on Saturday. Malin was …

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  • Plane crashes into river

    FORT SMTIH (AP) — Police in Fort Smith say the pilot of a small airplane escaped injury when the aircraft crashed into the Arkansas River. Police Sgt. Don Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was attempting “touch and go” landings and takeoffs when the aircraft flipped …

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  • Grandfather, grandson compete together in race

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Sawyer Stone and his grandfather, Dave Reeder, have given an all new meaning to “family road trip,” having competed together in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race since 2002. The race is a timed endurance race of vintage automobiles that takes …

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  • Deadline to report crop acreage is Tuesday

    LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Department of Agriculture  Arkansas Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Linda Newkirk reminds agricultural producers that Tuesday is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. Planted acres must be reported to FSA by then. The Agricultural Act …

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  • Help & Hope gets helping hand

    Boris Dover, president and chief operating officer of First Community Bank, recently met with volunteers of Batesville Help & Hope to thank them for their hard work and to present the organization with a $500 check on behalf of the bank. “Batesville is fortunate to …

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  • Public defender named – Rader gets date in federal court

    A former teacher who confessed to downloading child porn and was jailed on state charges now has a new trial date, but this one is federal. Grant Rader was indicted by a grand jury a year after the Independence County charges were filed. The two …

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  • Woman claims she is being harassed

    A Cushman woman claims a Mount Pleasant woman is harassing her by telling people she runs an adult website and has a disease. Pamela Ann Wheeler told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Carter that Gina Mynatt is telling people she runs a porn site from …

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  • Warrant sought for sloppy forger

    Thick, inferior paper, smudged ink, no security strips, and no water mark on a $100 bill led local authorities to seek a warrant charging a Batesville man with forgery. Investigator Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department said he was contacted by security at …

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  • Parolee charged for bringing drugs to interview

    Donald Harwood had a bad lunch break Thursday. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Carter said he was dispatched to the Independence County probation and parole office around 12:22 p.m. where parole officer Becky Clark said Harwood, 38, of the Bradford area, tested positive for drugs …

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