• County road crew prepares for wintry mix

    With bad weather predicted for the weekend, the Independence County Road Department crew is already at work preparing the roads. According to Ron Byars, road foreman, a limestone product called “abrasive” is being delivered to areas in the county in preparation for the expected bad …

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  • Community said farewell to several in 2014

    Some were the voices of Batesville, some had the heart of Batesville and still others helped build Batesville and a few helped heal Batesville. The Batesville and Independence County communities said goodbye to a number of well-known residents in 2014. Among them were John Norman …

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  • Child sex charges filed

    MELBOURNE — A 43-year-old Izard County man has been charged with child-related sexual crimes. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Mark E. Smith of Mount Pleasant is accused of having inappropriate relations with a 14-year-old girl. During a 12- or 13-month period in mostly 2014 and the …

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  • Wheelchair user gets up, runs from cop

    A woman who might not have really needed the handicapped wheelchair at Walmart bolted after she was caught shoplifting and authorities later found her hiding in a closet, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jordon Turner said he was called …

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  • ‘Weed wasn’t strong enough so I had to take Mucinex’: Woman can’t figure out why she went to jail

    When Alisha M. Nelson walked into a local business stumbling around, leaving two small children in the car, the clerk called police, and Nelson, 33, of 520 Jacob Lane, Melboune, was taken to jail. Nelson had stopped at Dugger’s Grocery at 2195 N. Central Ave. …

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  • Winter fire hazards increase

    As local temperatures plummet, the chance of house fires rises, according to local fire officials. One of the most common causes of winter-related fires is caused by improper use or faulty electric space heaters. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says approximately 1,200 fires a year …

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  • Homeless woman arrested

    Being the only guest at a motel, but missing when a worker’s vehicle was stolen Monday, quickly led authorities to a suspect. In a court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Kyle Williford said Economy Inn employee Ketrina Dunlap called the sheriff’s office to report her …

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  • Missing hiker found safe

    A fun outing by three hikers Tuesday afternoon turned serious when one member got separated from the group and search parties were launched to find him. An hour after the call for help, 19-year-old Alec Tullis of Benton was found safe. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, January 9 – Sunday, January 11, 2015.

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  • Authorities identify two who died in house fires

    WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Authorities say a Walnut Ridge man has died in a fire at his home. Police Chief Richy Thatcher said that 52-year-old Timothy Harris died as a result of the Tuesday fire and that the body was sent to the state crime …

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  • Skeletal remains discovered

    BAUXITE (AP) — Saline County officials say a tip from a citizen led them to skeletal remains near Bauxite. The remains were sent to the state Crime Laboratory for an autopsy and identification of the body. Lt. Scottie Courtney said the remains were found near …

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  • Women outnumber men on Ark. Supreme Court

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — For the first time in the state’s history, the Arkansas Supreme Court has more women on the bench then men. Justices Rhonda Wood and Karen Baker were sworn in for eight-year terms Tuesday in a ceremony at the state Capitol, as …

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