• Stone County escapee caught sleeping

    Shane Lee Mitchell wasn’t on the lam long before he was captured sleeping in a chair. The Independence County Sheriff’s Office learned Mitchell had escaped from the Stone County jail Wednesday afternoon and that he might be in the area. Officer John Carroll said he …

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  • Biker eludes police

    A police-motorcycle chase that started in downtown Batesville ended in a ditch near Desha Tuesday night. Around 10 p.m. Independence County deputies Jeff Adams and Gene Davis were on Central Avenue and within a few blocks of each other when they spotted a Suzuki motorcycle …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014.

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  • Thousands flock to fair

    Thousands flocked to the Independence County Fair Wednesday and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. Cooler temperatures brought in 3,695 people, up from last year’s attendance of 3,055, according to officials. The night was jammed packed with plenty of entertainment including the Independence County Fair …

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  • Three busted for drugs in Newark park

    Things were dull at the Newark City Park Monday evening, so around 6:20 p.m. Joseph Boode decided to take a ride on the hood of Kruz Roberts’ car. Matthew William was just along for the ride. Things livened up, however, when Newark Deputy Ashley Edwards …

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  • Newark arsonist gets 10 years

    A Newark man who watched his house burn after his wife lit the fire has been sentenced in Independence County Circuit Court. Bobby Freeman recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and received a 10-year prison sentence by Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Dan Kemp. …

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  • Bringing gospel to the Jews

    The very people whom brought us Jesus do not believe he is the Messiah and its something Robert and Amanda Case are working to change. The Mountain View couple work with the organization, Jews for Jesus, and spoke at the Batesville Kiwanis Club meeting recently. …

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  • Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas’ minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count. Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday an initial count found that 64,000 …

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  • Man charged in woman’s death to appear in court

    SEARCY (AP) — A Texas man who has been charged in an Arkansas woman’s death is expected to appear in court later this month. A July 28 hearing will be held in Texas for 30-year-old Christian Ivan Bautista, who’s facing a first-degree murder charge in …

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  • U.S. judge asked to strike Arkansas gay marriage ban

    LITTLE ROCK — Attorneys for two same-sex couples asked a federal judge Wednesday to strike down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban, as they tried to speed up the case while the ban’s constitutionality is being argued before the state Supreme Court. The attorneys filed a motion …

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  • Jury gives former death row inmate life sentence

    TEXARKANA (AP) — A former death row inmate has been sentenced to life in prison after the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned his death sentence more than two years ago. The jury of nine women and three men decided Wednesday to give Frank Williams Jr. a …

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  • Pryor’s staff headed to Batesville, other towns

    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s Mobile Office will continue its statewide tour to help Arkansans who may be having problems with the Veterans Administration, Social Security, or other services involving the federal government, according to a news release. Over the past year, the mobile office has …

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