• Batesville to resume classes

    Batesville School District will begin classes Aug. 18. Lunch will be served. Superintendent is Gary Anderson. Deputy superintendent is Harvey Howard. School board members are Dr. Paul Hance, president; Jennifer Emery, vice president; Scott Fredricks, secretary; and Danielle Brown, George Latus, Heather Fulbright and Kathy …

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  • Home vandalized, trampoline cut

    Food in the kitchen floor, a refrigerator with black spray paint and every other room trashed was what a woman arrived home to find at her residence. Brittany Wagner, 23, of Craig Street  told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Kody Headley that she left her home …

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  • ICED director leaving

    Independence County Economic Development Director Larry Jones is transitioning out of the position, according to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. “Obviously the funding has ended and Larry is needing time to seek other opportunities,” Griffin said. Jones’ salary was paid out of the quarter-cent economic …

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  • The ‘art’ of business

    Retired art teacher Jeanette Emerson is going back to teaching what she loves, only this time people of all ages will be able to take her classes. Emerson recently opened Emerson Art School at 619 S. Broad St. (formerly the Batesville Montessori School) and teaches …

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  • Lawsuit challenges beer, wine sales proposal

    TEXARKANA (AP) — Two Texarkana, Arkansas, liquor store owners are challenging a proposal to allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption in Texarkana, Texas. A lawsuit by Vincent’s Fine Wines and Liquors owner Vincent Senatore and Party Factory owner Alan Avard asks …

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  • IndCo land auction nets $21K 

    The recent auction of tax-delinquent properties in Independence County collected more than $21,000 for county and state government, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston has announced. The Land Commissioner’s office conducted the auction of delinquent properties recently at the Independence County Courthouse. Eighteen bidders competed …

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  • Dirt bike rider dies in crash

    SEARCY (AP) — Authorities say a Kensett man is dead after his dirt bike crashed into a fence in Searcy Sunday night. Arkansas State Police say 37-year-old Jorge Villarreal was riding a dirt bike along a fence line when he crashed into the fence. State …

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  • 3 arrested for weapon, drugs

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas police say they have arrested three men after finding drugs in their car and a loaded revolver hidden in a box of chicken. Jonesboro police arrested the men Saturday after a traffic stop. Timothy Peals, 25, and 23-year-olds Joseph James and …

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  • Standoff suspect eludes police

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock Police Department SWAT standoff ended after officers breached a residence where they believed a suspect was hiding and found no one home. Police spokesman Lt. Sidney Allen says officers were called to the home late Sunday. He says …

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  • Off-duty deputy shoots, kills man

    FORT SMITH (AP) — An eastern Oklahoma man was shot and killed by an off-duty Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy in Fort Smith after earlier exchanging gunfire with Fort Smith police. Justin Wayne Higgins, 23, was dead at the scene of the Saturday afternoon shooting on …

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  • MV highway to close for work

    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Arkansas Highway and Transportation officials say portions of Highway 87 northwest of Mountain View will close this week for construction. The roadway between Hampton Drive and Wilcox Drive will be closed from 8 a.m. today until 5 p.m. Friday. Construction crews …

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  • Trauma council to meet

    The North Central Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council will meet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at White River Medical Center’s Josephine Raye Rogers Women’s Center Conference Room B, 1710 Harrison St., Batesville. The panel will discuss general business related to state-wide efforts to build a …

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