• Historic Barnett building could have new owners – Company considers downtown donation

    Walking the rooms of the now-vacant 36,000-square-foot building, some visitors could remember having Christmas presents wrapped on the second floor or visiting the dentist on the third. The old Barnett Brothers building, however, could soon have a new owner — no money down — because …

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  • Chase moves into Independence Co. – Driver arrested

    A chase that started in Cleburne County ended in Independence and the driver was jailed on numerous misdemeanor charges. According to the report by Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Chris Toland, he was notified by dispatch Friday afternoon that a Cleburne County officer was in pursuit …

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  • Man runs out back door, is captured by officer

    A man who ran out the back door was later apprehended by the deputy in pursuit, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Johnny Byler said he was dispatched to 3240 N. Central Ave. over a man making threats and refusing …

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  • Traffic stop yields meth bust

    MELBOURNE — Two Norfork men were arrested on drug charges as the result of a traffic stop near Calico Rock on Tuesday, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Kevin Warren Gragg, 42, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with …

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  • Batesville student to visit Washington, D.C.

    WASHINGTON — One Batesville High School student will soon be packing her bags for the nation’s capital. U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton recently selected Katherine Sanders of Cave City to be a delegate for the United States Senate Youth Program. She and Ashton …

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  • PBS’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ to stop in Little Rock

    CONWAY — The Public Broadcasting Service series “Antiques Roadshow” will visit Little Rock as part of a six-city summer tour. The show and Arkansas Educational Television Network will host an all-day appraisal event July 25. The show airs locally at 7 p.m. every Monday. Fans …

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  • Alleged hot check writers face additional charges

    MELBOURNE — A Norfork couple who have been arrested in the past for writing hot checks while they were employed at the Eagles Club now face additional charges, according to a news release from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Heather Franchine Lawrence, 25, of Norfork …

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  • City to recognize donors for lighting display

    Area businesses and groups will be recognized for their contributions to the city’s Christmas lighting display at Riverside Park. The recognition is one of the items on the agenda when the Batesville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Other business includes …

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  • Residents encouraged to take ‘Rachel’s Challenge’

    HARDY — Members of the community will be encouraged to take “Rachel’s Challenge” during a presentation from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Middle School gym located at 1921 Highway 62-412 at Hardy. Rachel’s Challenge is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating …

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  • Main Street Batesville welcomes new members

    Main Street Batesville will meet at noon Wednesday at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce. Members will continue discussion of pursuing the Barnett Brothers building, which is being donated to a qualified nonprofit organization by the seller, and discuss fundraising and upcoming events. Meetings are open …

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  • A user’s guide to the Legislature’s 2015 session

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislature convenes today for its regular legislative session. A new governor takes office on Tuesday. A rundown on the session and how to follow the lawmakers’ activities: WHAT’S AT STAKE? — The biggest question lawmakers face revolves around the future …

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  • Nominations sought

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for businesses and individuals that play a significant role in empowering the business community and creating economic growth. Winners will be announced at the 2015 Annual Awards ceremony, 4:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the …

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