• Jail burden leaves ‘bad guys’ on streets

    Independence County is struggling to “protect and serve” because the state of Arkansas has failed to pay the $131,740 it owes the county for housing state inmates since July, according to a news release. “Our budgets are strained to the max holding our local criminals. …

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  • Women’s health fair provides screenings, massages, more

    It was just two months ago that Veatrice Crawford suffered a stroke but it was a friend who suggested they attend this year’s HealthFirst Women’s Health Expo at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. They had seen a story about the event in …

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  • 40th anniversary – Accounting firm changes name

    They are the bean counters. The number crunchers. They have the patience to sit on the phone for hours with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and this month the firm of Welch, Couch and Company, PA will celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary. Formerly known as …

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  • Voters will get liquor issue in Nov.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court said Thursday that voters will be able to consider a proposal to expand liquor sales statewide, rejecting arguments that the idea’s backers missed a key deadline and failed to adequately tell people what a “yes” vote means. In …

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  • Man discovers his own tombstone with date of death already carved

    Lonnie Shrum is still alive and kicking, but not according to his headstone. The 72-year-old Batesville resident had prepared for the future by purchasing his headstone but he found his date of death had already been decided. Shrum told Deputy John Carroll that sometime over …

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  • UACCB, UAFS providing bachelor’s courses

    FORT SMITH — Students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville can earn a baccalaureate degree in organizational leadership or applied sciences from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith without having to leave the Batesville area. UAFS is offering online bachelor’s degree completion programs …

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  • Child rapist draws 25 years

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A Mississippi County jury has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl who was later found dead. Jurors on Thursday found 30-year-old Freddie Sharp II guilty of raping Jessica Williams of Gosnell in August 2013. Authorities …

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  • 1 sentenced for child porn

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A 42-year-old Fort Smith man has been sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison on two counts of receiving images of child pornography. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that John Lea must also complete 10 years of supervised release after …

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  • 5 hurt after trains collide

    WINSLOW (AP) — A freight train collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas on Thursday, injuring more than a dozen people, authorities said. The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred near Winslow, …

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  • Power struggle prevention to be topic

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will offer a free three-hour class titled “Preventing Power Struggles” for parents and caregivers who interact with children, ages 1 and older. Participants will learn the five steps to avoiding a power struggle; discover what creates a …

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  • Tutor workshop offered

    Ozark Foothills Literacy Project will have a tutor workshop from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at 608 Water St. in Batesville. The project serves Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence counties. To register for the workshop or for more information call (870) 793-5912 or email …

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  • Radio Club hosts Hamfest

    SOUTHSIDE — The Batesville Area Radio Club will hold its annual Hamfest at 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Southside Middle School cafeteria. Admission is free. A $5 fee will be charged to vendors selling radios or related equipment. Vendor tables are available on a first-come, …

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