• Service News

    Chris Paegelow has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The graduation ceremony took place Sept. 5 at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Paegelow will now learn …

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  • Communities make pitch for new Arkansas prison

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Several Arkansas cities and counties have submitted proposals to host a proposed $100 million prison that would house maximum-security inmates in the state. Friday is the deadline for communities to submit paperwork if they want to be home to the new …

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  • Trial of former Harrison pastor is delayed

    HARRISON (AP) — The trial of a former Shiloh Baptist Church pastor in Harrison on sexual assault charges is being delayed. Deputy Boone County Prosecutor Chris Carter said the trial of 35-year-old Larry Berkley will be continued until after his trial in Tennessee on similar …

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  • Motorcyclist dies in wreck on Baxter Co. road

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old Lakeview man was killed after he crashed his motorcycle in northern Arkansas. State police say the wreck happened Sunday afternoon on Arkansas 126 in Baxter County. According to a preliminary report, Bryan Bausano lost control of his …

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  • ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ star Marcia Strassman dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcia Strassman, who played Gabe Kaplan’s wife, Julie, on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” has died. She was 66. Strassman died at her Sherman Oaks, California, home on Friday after battling breast cancer for seven years, her sister, Julie Strassman, …

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  • Judge grants incorporation

    Southside has cleared another hurdle as Independence County Judge Robert Griffin granted a petition of incorporation prior to a vote on annexation into Batesville. Determining the legality of a petition filed by those who want to incorporate Southside lay in Griffin’s hands this morning, but …

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  • Desha man busted with home drug test

    The 24-year-old Desha man may have been able to pass a home drug screening test, but he didn’t get past the loss prevention officer who saw him take it from the pharmacy section. Kalob West admitted to taking the $35.27 item and not paying for …

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  • Voters asked to check ballot information

    Voters are being asked to check their ballots before casting their vote to be sure they have the correct one and more importantly — do not cast your ballot if you believe it’s wrong. There’s nothing wrong with the voting machines but with all the …

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  • Vicious animal ordinance tops Cave City agenda

    CAVE CITY — A vicious animal ordinance tops the agenda when the Cave City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community center. Police Chief Nathan Stephens plans to present the ordinance on vicious and aggressive dogs that if passed will place strong fines …

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  • Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

    The Batesville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits. The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors …

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  • Erosion, MSB budget, audit on city council agenda

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Bob Carius will present a budget request for Main Street Batesville, Linda Simmons will discuss an erosion problem in Eagle Mountain, and board reappointments will be considered. The agenda also includes the …

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  • Board votes to keep employee

    In a special hearing Wednesday night, the Batesville School Board voted unanimously to grant a waiver for continued employment of a bus driver who 19 years ago was accused by the state to have been guilty of “failure to protect” a child. The finding was …

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