• Man, 19, pleads guilty to murder in daughter’s death

    SEARCY (AP) — A 19-year-old White County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter. Dustin Lee Watson was sentenced after pleading guilty today in White County Circuit Court in Searcy. …

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  • Bank expanding into northwest Arkansas – Doug Lynch named market president

    Citizens Bank has announced the initial step of its expansion into northwest Arkansas with the opening of a Loan Production Office in Fayetteville. Doug Lynch, a veteran banker in northwest Arkansas, will lead this effort as northwest Arkansas market president. He has served as Citizens …

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  • Man who broke into ex’s house sentenced for assault

    A Batesville man who broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, tried to steal her clothes and threatened to kill her has been sentenced in Independence County Circuit Court. Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Dan Kemp sentenced Guadalupe Jaramillo of 1285 Addie St. to four years in the …

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  • Warrant issued in disturbance

    Bond has been set at $35,000 for a Case Street man involved in knife incident on Dry Run Circle Wednesday. In a court affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said officers were dispatched to a residence (Benny Dodd) on Dry Run Circle in regards …

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  • Civil War teen’s diary surprises

    Old Independence Regional Museum will host a book signing for “Torn by War” editor Samuel R. Phillips from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The program is free and open to the public. “Torn by War” is a transcription of Mary Adelia Byers’ diaries. Byers began recording her …

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  • Man causes second wreck, leaving 500 without power

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County police say a 71-year-old man who recently crashed his car into two law enforcement helicopters has knocked out power to more than 550 people in another significant wreck. The driver, identified as Otis Ivie, ran a red light on …

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  • C-Ridge health center receives funds

    NEWARK —  A Christian outreach center has donated more than $25,000 in items to benefit a new health and wellness center scheduled to open next year at the Cedar Ridge School District. CURE, or Compassionate Utilization of REsources) is a volunteer, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation formed …

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  • P-Plains neighborhood watch to meet

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains neighborhood watch will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the community center. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call (870) 834-7066.

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  • Tea Party to host speaker

    The Independence County Tea Party will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Italian Grill, 2360 Harrison St., Batesville. Linda Collins-Smith, a candidate for the Arkansas State Senate, will be the guest speaker.

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  • Parade winners announced

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the “Rollin’ on the River” 71st annual White River Water Carnival Parade float competition. First Community Bank was awarded first place, second place went to ConAgra and the North Arkansas Dance Theater received third …

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  • Operation Christmas Child kickoff event to be hosted

    The Heart of Arkansas area team is hosting an Operation Christmas Child kickoff event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maxfield Room in Edwards Commons at Lyon College. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse which provides shoeboxes filled with toiletries, school supplies …

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  • Classes for foster children to be held

    Self Skills Foundation will hold classes for foster home youth age 16 through 25 to help in their future development. Topics include job skills, budgeting and more. Classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. the first, third and fourth Monday of every month …

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