• Lyon receives funds for dorms

    Lyon College has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the trustees of the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust to help fund two new residence halls currently under construction, according to a news release. Most grants from the Sturgis trust are for one year; however, …

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  • Judge: County stands to lose $326K – If incorporated, Southside could sign interlocal for services

    What has become an all-out battle between some Southside residents and Batesville city officials will affect everyone in the county if the annexation (or possible incorporation) comes to pass, according to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. Money that is now allotted to police protection, fire, …

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  • Breaking and entering, thefts reported

    A number of thefts are currently under investigation by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Debbie Anderson of 955 Bethesda Road reported a Miller welder/accessories, a Husqvarna chain saw and miscellaneous hand tools, valued at $3,350, stolen sometime Monday night. The welder, mounted on a homemade …

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  • Dancing with Izard Co. stars to benefit Dream Riders charity

    MELBOURNE — Timing. Laughing. Blaming. As couples took to the stage to practice for their performances, some were admitting to being nervous as the deadline approaches. Six couples will be “Dancing with the Stars” at a charity event scheduled for 6:30 Saturday night at Ozarka …

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  • Driver in logging truck wreck charged with negligent homicide

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A prosecutor says a truck driver has been charged with negligent homicide in a wreck that killed two construction workers and injured nearly 20 others in north Arkansas. Thirty-nine-year-old Jerry Hickman of Bee Branch was charged Wednesday with two counts of …

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  • White River’s Got Talent lineup named

    First Community Bank and Bad Boy Inc. have announced the 2014 finalists for the White River’s Got Talent competition.   This year, the contest drew dozens of entrants from a multi-county area, representing a variety of numbers, including an Elvis tribute performance of “Return to …

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  • Chamber to host supervisor training

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Basic Supervisor Training” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank located at 1325 Harrison St. Basic supervisor training is designed to help companies avoid legal action that …

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  • Quorum court to meet

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building located at 368 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville. Justices of the peace will discuss county matters and hear reports from department heads. All meetings are open …

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  • Doctor charged with 3 more voyeurism counts

    PARAGOULD (AP) — A Paragould gynecologist accused of taking photographs of a nude patient faces additional charges after police said three more patients identified pictures of themselves on his cellphone, according to documents filed in a Greene County court. Greene County District Judge Dan Stidham …

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  • Woman accused of shoplifting $144 in eye shadow

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup. Police in Fayetteville arrested 31-year-old Brandy Allen, accusing her of stuffing handfuls of eye shadow into her purse Monday. Officers …

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  • UA enrollment tops 26K

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Preliminary enrollment figures for the University of Arkansas show that the school has a record 26,301 students for the fall semester. The school says the total is nearly a 4 percent increase from the fall 2013 enrollment — a rate of growth …

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  • Student recovering from fraternity accident

    JONESBORO (AP) — An 18-year-old Arkansas State University student is recovering after she was impaled in the neck with a golf club during a freak accident at a fraternity house. Natalie Jo Eaton was upgraded from critical to serious condition Wednesday. She has been at …

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