• Easter activities planned

    A host of Easter egg hunts and other activities will be held this weekend, starting with an event at the National Guard Armory on Friday. Other egg hunts will be held Saturday, while special church services are set for Easter Sunday. Batesville Armory The YouthBuild …

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  • Boyfriend jailed for hitting woman

    A woman who was whispering while calling 911 told them she was being hit by her boyfriend. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Phillip Pickett said he was dispatched to 361 Departee Creek Road Tuesday afternoon and was told that the woman had called back and was …

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  • Local film crew highlights Ozark Gateway Region

    It’s one thing to read about all the things the Ozark Gateway region has to offer — but local tourism officials are hoping that seeing the attractions in a video will entice prospective visitors to actually make the trip. On Friday, Doug Deforest with Lake …

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  • Bond set at $500K for Newport woman

    NEWPORT — The bond for a Newport woman accused of bringing a gun inside a steel plant has been set at $500,000 by Jackson County District Judge Barbara Griffin, according to a news release. Ashley M. Crite, 30, appeared Wednesday in Jackson County District Court …

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  • Paragould gynecologist charged with video voyeurism 

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist is being sought on felony charges after allegedly taking photographs of a nude female patient. Prosecutors on Monday charged 68-year-old Dr. Paul Becton with five counts of video voyeurism. An affidavit says the patient notified Paragould police that she …

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  • 6-carat diamond found at park 

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — A man who moved to the Murfreesboro area because he enjoys hunting for precious stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park has found a 6.19-carat white diamond. David Anderson found the stone Wednesday and named it the “Limitless Diamond,” in honor of …

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  • Bull Shoals police chief now on leave after arrest 

    BULL SHOALS (AP) — The mayor of Bull Shoals says the town’s police chief has now been placed on administrative leave. Chief Dan Sutterfield was arrested earlier this month on federal charges of using excessive force and falsifying a report in a July 2013 arrest. …

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  • Man charged with stealing from church, school 

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Police in Van Buren have arrested a man for allegedly embezzling $94,000 from a church and a school where he handled the organizations’ finances. Van Buren police say 39-year-old John Richard Hays is charged with felony theft. Hays served as treasurer …

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  • Hearing set in challenge to gay marriage ban 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas’ voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge …

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  • Historical meeting changed

    The Independence County Historical Society will not meet this weekend due to the Easter holiday. Instead, the meeting is set for 2 p.m. April 27 at First Community Bank. The program will be on cemetery preservation.

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  • Volunteers sought for kidney education study

    LITTLE ROCK — At Independence County Health Unit in Batesville and health department clinics in five other regions of the state, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Nephrology and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) are seeking qualified volunteers with chronic …

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  • Weekend Events

    Friday • 52nd Annual Folk Festival, downtown Mountain View. Visit www.yourplaceinthemountains.com. • YouthBuild Spring Bar-B-Que and Easter Egg Hunt, Batesville Armory 1690 White Drive, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 Adults, 12 and under eat free. • Red Cross blood drive, Walmart, 3150 Harrison St., noon-5 p.m. Call (800) RED-CROSS …

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