• Rotary efforts in Myanmar pave way for service groups

    Clean water is second only to air to breathe, but is a luxury in many parts of the world. That’s why Rotary International is working to build clean water management systems — and in the process, building goodwill and trust for service organizations. That was …

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  • City calling incorporation ‘legal fiction’

    What the Southside community is proposing is “legal fiction,” according to a resolution to be discussed at tonight’s Batesville City Council meeting. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at city hall to consider a resolution that states the Southside community did not file its …

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  • Alleged rapist caught

    MELBOURNE — An alleged child rapist who had eluded police since late September has been captured, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. Beth Anne Dickerson, 31, of Calico Rock was reportedly caught after a traffic stop in Baxter County around 4 p.m. Monday. She was …

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  • Slow driver busted for drug possession

    A driver going 35 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone and causing a traffic jam caught the eye of Pleasant Plains Marshal Mark Clark Friday night. Clark said around 8 p.m. he was patrolling on Highway 167 when he noticed the slow driver …

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  • County, cities negotiate

    Negotiations have begun on the issue of funding the Independence County Jail. At Monday night’s Independence County Quorum Court meeting, Newark Mayor Jim Cunningham spoke to the court on behalf of the mayors in the county to negotiate a percentage of district fines that would …

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  • Man found to have warrant for battery, assault

    MELBOURNE — Izard County deputies were dispatched Sunday to the Jay Street area of Melbourne in response to a suspicious person and ended up arresting one man, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Adam Pinkston, 42, of Melbourne was arrested on an Oklahoma warrant charging him …

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  • Ramsey Mountain to be blocked

    The Arkansas State Police will be assisting local authorities with the recovery of a railcar along the roadside near the bottom of Ramsey Mountain following a recent tractor-trailer accident. Recovery of the railcar is planned for 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Chief Jermey Qualls with …

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  • Woman arrested for fraud

    A Southside woman who reportedly put on a ball cap and walked out of the Batesville Walmart without paying has been arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card. Detective Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department said in a court affidavit that officers …

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  • Southside suspends student

    SOUTHSIDE —The Southside School Board voted in special session Thursday night to suspend a high school student, Superintendent Roger Rich said. The recommendation is the result of ongoing behavior problems and the suspension will continue until the 14-year-old can be placed in a court-ordered juvenile …

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  • Health unit postpones next week’s flu clinics

    The Independence County mass flu clinics scheduled for next week have been postponed due to a delay in shipment from the flu vaccine’s distributor, according to officials. The school clinics will proceed as scheduled, but officials have canceled the mass flu clinics at Newark, Cushman, …

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  • Museum to host Fall Family Day

    Old Independence Regional Museum will celebrate the fall season with the eighth annual Fall Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s program is “Wheels” themed and will feature a variety of vehicles …

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  • Telephone scam noted

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery is warning of a telephone scam that targets customers of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative. Montgomery said Monday that a caller from the 915 area code is contacting NAEC customers and telling them their account is past …

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