• 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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  • UACCB names interim chair

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville announces changes in the Nursing and Allied Health division, including a new interim NAH division chairwoman, Marietta Candler. Candler joined the faculty at UACCB in 1994 and has been teaching for 20 years. She holds a master …

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  • Batesville Little Pageants registration under way

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Batesville “Little Pageants,” and contestants are needed, according to Alicia Ritchie, one of the pageant volunteers. The pageants are open to Independence County residents only and will take place July 29 starting at 6 p.m. Last year’s (2014) …

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  • Vest receives felony charge

    A man who admitted to stealing wire near a cemetery on Sandtown Road is being charged with a felony. Scott Vest, 35, of Oxford faces a theft of property charge after he was stopped Sunday by Deputy Bobby Woods. Woods said he stopped Vest because …

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  • Man killed in fall at grain bin

    BLACK OAK (AP) — Authorities say a Paragould man was killed after he fell into an empty grain bin near Black Oak. Police say 54-year-old Garth Johns was working with two other men to repair storm damage to the grain bin Thursday. Johns had been …

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