• From building Greers Ferry Lake to Keeping Arkansas Beautiful … Garner found purpose in the outdoors

    He was one of the longest consecutive serving federal employees in our nation’s history, helped supervise the construction of the Greers Ferry Dam at Heber Springs, introduced countless families to the outdoors and was an environmentalist long before it ever became “cool.” Carl Garner retired …

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  • Sex offender sought

    Failure to register his current residential address with local authorities has resulted in a felony warrant being issued for 47-year-old Kenneth L. Wright, whose last known address was 160 N. Gainer Ferry Road in Batesville. Wright is a level 3 registered child sex offender who …

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  • Fire under investigation

    Any other Sunday afternoon, William Harper might have been napping at around 3 o’clock. “Something told me to go check on my mom and dad,” he said, standing in his yard more than an hour later watching as Batesville firefighters worked to extinguish the flames …

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  • Holiday drinks lead to domestic arrest

    Celebrating the Fourth of July by drinking with her husband led to an argument, and with Kellie Rutledge, 27, of Newark sitting in the car at her mother-in-law’s house where her husband left her to “cool off” before she eventually ended up in jail. Deputy …

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  • Tim Bruner named Rotary district gov

    Past, present and future Rotary International District 6150 governors and their spouses gathered on June 30 at district governor Tim Bruner’s installation banquet in Batesville. The event took place at Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus and was well-attended by members of the Batesville …

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  • Hearing held to ‘close out’ Peco grant

    Peco Foods has held up its end of the bargain after receiving a half-million dollar grant nearly two years ago. In August 2012, Batesville received a $509,000 grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to provide funds to assist Peco Foods with work at the …

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  • Woman jailed after horse hit by truck

    A woman who refused to talk to an officer was jailed after he was called to a scene that involved a dead horse. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Darr said he was called to Blackland Road and when he arrived found a truck parked in …

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  • Main Street farmers market set for Saturday

    The new farmers market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the pocket park on Main Street in Batesville. Local growers Garden Girl Produce and Five Acre Farm, both of Pleasant Plains, and Brood Farm of Cave City will sell produce, fresh …

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  • HSIC offers birthday discount

    Individuals whose birthday is in July have been offered 30 percent off the adoption fee of any animal at the Humane Society of Independence County during July. Photo identification must be shown. The shelter is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and …

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  • Taylor to hear cases

    Independence County District Judge Chaney Taylor has been assigned to hear cases in Fulton and Stone counties this week at the request of the Honorable Adam Harkey, according to a news release. The motion was granted Monday by Chief Justice Jim Hannah. Taylor will sit …

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  • Medical marijuana falls short on signatures

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group pushing for legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas says it won’t have enough signatures to put its proposal before voters this fall. Arkansans for Compass-ionate Care said Monday it wouldn’t turn in signatures to place its proposed initiated act on …

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  • Petitions submitted for minimum wage hike

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas’ minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot. Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the …

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