• Arkansas lawmakers look at prison options

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas should look at sending some inmates to private facilities to ease overcrowding, along with converting abandoned public buildings and expanding alternative sentencing programs in addition to building a new prison, according to a report issued to lawmakers Monday. The options were …

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  • Church burns overnight

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside United Methodist Church located at 39 Magnolia St. was deemed a total loss after a fire consumed the building overnight, according to Southside Fire Chief Jeremy Loggins.

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  • No foul play suspected in man’s death

    A call to 911 Friday night sent police and medical personnel to a Batesville address where they found 21-year-old Thomas Martinez in a vehicle and unresponsive. “A check by officers showed Martinez had no pulse and they immediately started CPR,” Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery …

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  • Brothers hospitalized

    CAVE CITY — Two brothers who allegedly tried to kill each other Sunday night are being treated for their injures at White River Medical Center after one was shot and the other stabbed near Cave City. Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said a 911 call …

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  • Woman allegedly buys toys with co-worker’s stolen card

    An arrest is pending for a Poughkeepsie woman who reportedly sneaked a debit card from a co-worker’s purse to buy toys at Walmart, according to a court affidavit. The woman was later identified from surveillance video as 47-year-old Reena Fay Jones, said Detective Jeff Sims …

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  • Thanksgiving to affect trash pickup, shutter offices

    The Independence and Sharp County Courthouses will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Independence County trash and recycling will not be picked up on Thursday or Friday. The following week, routes will run as normal, according to Tami Clark, executive assistant in County Judge …

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  • Timberwolves to serve meal

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves football team is “teaming up” with the Hazel Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church to serve a free community Thanksgiving meal as a way of saying “thank you for your support,” according to a news release. The meal will be …

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  • 20 families receive free PCs

    SOUTHSIDE — Twenty families of the Southside School District are now owners of Internet-ready computers thanks to a donation by Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group. The computers were awarded to families who completed the Computers 4 Kids program at Southside …

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  • Visitor takes wallet, uses cards

    A $15,000 bond has been set for Shelby Alexander Chiaromonte, 33, of Batesville. Prosecutor Don McSpadden has charged Chiaromonte with theft by receiving, four felony counts regarding use of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card and four counts of second-degree forgery, according to …

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  • Arrest made in check forgery

    Allegedly writing checks on a deceased man’s account has resulted in the arrest of 27-year-old Christi L. McDougal of Thida. McDougal is charged with three counts of second-degree forgery, according to a circuit court affidavit. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Jeff Sims said he was contacted …

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  • Drugs found in stolen vehicle

    A Cherokee Village man and a Bismark man were caught in possession with a stolen vehicle by an alert officer on Friday. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Toland said he noticed the driver of the 2014 Ford Mustang look at him at the stop light …

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  • Commanding officer speaks about service

    In the summer of 1972, Bob Carius left behind his wife and six children and headed to a mine field in the Western Pacific. Now a retired rear admiral of the United States Navy, Carius spoke about his time as a commanding officer of the …

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