• Arkansas State University announces graduates

    JONESBORO — Almost 2,000 candidates were awarded diplomas by Arkansas State University chancellor, Dr. Tim Hudson, during spring commencement ceremonies May 17 in the Convocation Center. Area students and their degrees include: Associate of applied science, physical therapist Batesville — Dustin Hubbard AAS, radiologic technology …

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  • Porn charges filed; teacher/pastor resigns

    MELBOURNE — A 52-year-old Izard County man has resigned both his teaching and pastor positions after he was charged with 24 counts of child porn. Izard County Consolidated has another job opening after an elementary teacher resigned the day before he was arrested and the …

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  • Man accused of having sex with underage girl

    MELBOURNE — A 20-year-old Sage man was arrested last week for having sex with an underage female, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Gregory Ryan Langston Jr. was arrested Tuesday for fourth-degree sexual assault. The girl was 15, Lawrence said, adding that Langston had …

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  • Officers injured during arrests

    With every arrest on the street and the search of every prisoner at the county jail officers face a certain amount of risk of injury. That risk caught up with two members of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday evening, one on the street …

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  • Johnston named Clerk of the Year

    Batesville’s city clerk has been named the 2014 Municipal Clerk of the Year at the Arkansas Municipal League Convention. Denise Johnston received the award during the first night of the 80th annual convention, which was held Wednesday through Friday in Little Rock. A lifelong resident …

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  • Body sent to crime lab

    The body of Travis Ryan Clark has been sent to the state crime lab for an official cause of death, even though no foul play is suspected. Independence County Sheriff’s Officers were called to Blackland Road Saturday afternoon where Clark was found deceased from what …

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  • Jogger bitten by dog

    Sometimes what’s deemed good for you can also be hazardous to your health. That’s the case of avid Desha runner Julianne Moran, a teacher at Southside Elementary School. Moran was attacked and bitten by a dog as she jogged along near her home on Wednesday. …

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  • Local utility rates compared

    Not all water rates are the same — even in the same system. Some Batesville customers are apparently confused about why the city council is raising utility rates. The city has only raised water rates once in the last 14 years, and that was in …

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  • One dies, one injured in crash

    NEWPORT —A Smithville man was killed and the driver of a second vehicle, Melissa Hudson, 33, of Lynn was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on Arkansas State Highway 25 south of Eaton in Lawrence County, said Arkansas State Police Cpl. Phillip Roark. Hudson …

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  • Museum visitors can play ‘I Spy…’

    A new “I Spy…” game is now available to children visiting the Old Independence Regional Museum, according to museum staff and volunteers. The first 100 students in grades K-12 who win the game will receive a commemorative Old Independence Regional Museum iron-on patch.  The program …

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  • Bunco Blitz benefits Kids’ College

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold its annual Bunco Blitz at 6 p.m. June 24 at Natalie’s Restaurant located at 3050 Harrison St. The cost to play is $25 and the night will include food, prizes and silent auction. This year’s …

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  • Man found dead in Norfork

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Authorities in Baxter County have identified the man whose body was found in Lake Norfork last week. Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the victim has been identified as 67-year-old Jerry Dale Miller of Hardy. Montgomery says family members told authorities …

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