• Parents sue Walmart, police over shoplifting suspicion

    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a mentally disabled woman are suing Walmart and police after she was stopped for suspected shoplifting at a Detroit-area store. Wendy Kozma of Novi said her 25-year-old daughter, Jodi, who has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, now …

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  • 2 jailed for defacing police memorial

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Authorities say two women have been arrested for vandalizing the new Fallen Officers Memorial in West Memphis. According to police, the women allegedly etched words into the memorial while their children threw rocks at the wall. One of the women reportedly …

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  • Recycling could mean big bucks — but more people need to participate. Independence one of few counties that provides pickup

    Trash can tell a lot about a person — the food he eats, the health problems he may have, the vacations he takes. But for Independence County officials recently it was a chance to determine just how well residents recycle and how they don’t. Lifting …

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  • City considers tornado warning systems – Fire chief: Sirens owned by county

    Five years ago, the county came to the decision that the tornado sirens were old, outdated and obsolete, and it would not be cost efficient to keep them up to date. When it was time for a new warning system, the Independence County Office of …

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  • Vendors, activities set for Saturday

    Batesville’s Main Street Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and will feature several merchants and activities in the pocket park. Vendors and their goods are scheduled to include: Garden Girl Produce of Pleasant Plains — squash, zucchini, onions; Freckle Face …

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  • New owner plans for growth at Fox Creek

    Since its inception in the 1990s with a mobile barbecue stand traveling to fairs, festivals and private parties, Fox Creek BBQ has always had a reputation for great food. That reputation built by Bill Daum and his wife, Jane, led to a permanent location on …

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  • Red Cross seeks donors

    The American Red Cross will host several blood drives in Independence County, according to a news release. The Red Cross seeks eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood …

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  • Phone cable stolen

    Thousands of dollars in phone cable was reportedly stolen on Jamestown Loop. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Calendar met with Jonathan Avery with AT&T who said he discovered someone had cut the main phone case and he estimated 200 feet was missing. In other reports: …

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  • Fair pageant, youth talent deadline is July 8

    Applications for the Independence County Fair beauty contests, photogenic contests and youth talent contest are now available, according to a news release. The pageants are open to ages 6 months through 21 years. All contestants must be a resident of Independence County. This year, the …

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  • Legal Aid board to meet

    NEWPORT — Legal Aid of Arkansas board of directors will hold a regular meeting at 10 a.m. June 21 at Newport Airport Terminal Building, located at 3800 N. Operations Drive in Newport. The meeting is open to the public. Legal Aid of Arkansas is a …

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  • Student artwork to be displayed

    Art by Eagle Mountain Elementary students will be displayed during the month of June at the Batesville Area Arts Council located at 246 E. Main St. Second-graders created their interpretation of an oversized collage of Main Street. Students worked in teams and selected which building …

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  • Award to be given

    The Batesville School District will be presented an award for environmental stewardship when the Batesville School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Batesville preschool. The award will be presented by Cenergistic, an energy conservation company the district partnered with last year. Agenda items include …

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