• Murderer sentenced to 47 years

    NEWPORT — A man who admitted to helping dump a body in Jackson County has been sentenced to prison, according to Third Judicial District Prosecutor Henry Boyce. Garrett Allen Chamblis, 21, of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, a class Y felony, and was sentenced …

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  • 8K race to support downtown

    As owner of a Batesville business, Main Street Gym, Mark Wilhite is soliciting participants for an upcoming 8K race to raise funds for the downtown area. Friday,Wilhite shared details of the Jan. 17 “Freezing Day” race with the Batesville Kiwanis Club. “I’ve organized two or …

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  • Lighting donors honored; burned home condemned

    Approximately 76,000 vehicles came through Riverside Park to see the Christmas lights for the 2014 holiday season. That was the figure shared by Johnathan Abbott, city landscaping/cemetery supervisor, at the Batesville City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh opened the meeting by recognizing …

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  • ‘Hugs and Cocoa with Olaf’ fundraiser to be held

    MELBOURNE — A “Hugs and Cocoa with Olaf” fundraising event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Bailey’s Country Cookin’ at 811 Main St. in Melbourne. The snowman character, Olaf, from the movie “Frozen” will be on hand. All proceeds will …

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  • MSB to unveil marker

    Main Street Batesville will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday to unveil a new marker at Pioneer Cemetery, located at Third and College streets. Pioneer Cemetery, also known as the Old Batesville Cemetery and Memorial Park Cemetery, was established as burial ground in the …

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  • Loys Raney to celebrate 90th

    Concord — On the day of her wedding, Loys Raney went to the log-woods to work, just like she’d always done. Her husband to be, Wayne Raney, waited patiently at her house for his young bride. She came home that Friday, tired and dirty from …

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  • Ozarka announces GED scholarships

    MELBOURNE — A new scholarship opportunity is now available to adult education students, Ozarka College has announced. The GED Walmart Scholarship will cover official General Education Diploma testing fees, in full, if the student meets the required criteria. Candidates must be an adult education student …

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  • County committees form

    New committees were formed at the Independence County Quorum Court meeting on Monday. The committees are made up of justices of the peace who are responsible for reviewing their respective departments: • Road — Brent Henderson, chair; Gary Bridgman, Brad Covington, Jason Jones, Kenny Hurley; • Budget …

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  • CC board to hear reports

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library. Agenda items feature financial and personnel reports including discussion of the superintendent’s annual evaluation and a classified employee’s resignation. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Rutledge honored to serve as Arkansas’ AG

    LITTLE ROCK — Leslie Rutledge, of Little Rock, was sworn in as Arkansas’s 56th attorney general Tuesday. Rutledge, the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history elected to the Office, issued the following statement: “The people of Arkansas have entrusted me with an enormous …

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  • Runoff election set

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Unofficial results from the Arkansas Secretary of State show a runoff will be needed to choose the lawmaker who will replace former Senate President Michael Lamoureux. Greg Standridge and Stan Berry were the two highest vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary. They will compete …

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  • Music in the Mountains announces January date

    HORSESHOE BEND — The Music in the Mountains Show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday on the lower end of Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend. The Highway 289 Band will present a medley of country songs along with a few classic rock and …

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