• Library Memorials

    The following memorials have been received by the Independence County Library’s endowment fund: Aline E. Mobley — Raymond and Diane LaCroix; Bob and Deborah Stroud; and Athena Study Club John Norman Harkey — Bill and Anne Luster; and the Stalker and Magouyrk families Elsie Cason …

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  • Holiday season brings to mind laughter, food

    I love this time of year. It makes me think of times with family and friends — gathered around the table, stuffed so much that it hurts to move with lots of laughter in the air. And while holidays are still filled with laughter and …

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  • Remembering loved ones

    Carmelyn Kanary always wondered how her mother, Vickie Ferracci, knew how to make the chicken she served at the dinner table stretch for such a large family. With a laugh, Kanary admits she barely knew how to feed two children, let alone eight. It’s a …

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  • Man reported missing

    Law enforcement and the family of Tommy Cooley are asking assistance in locating him, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Cooley was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots on December 4 at his residence and has not been seen …

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  • Horse stables offer hope, healing to paralyzed vets

    Batesville native Shana Wheat was completing her social work degree in 2012 when a medical emergency altered her entire career trajectory. Her husband, Rick, suffered a stroke that left him completely paralyzed on his right side. Rick, an Army veteran and professional horse trainer, was …

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  • Museum to host stories, carols, cookies, crafts

    Old Independence Regional Museum will host its eighth annual Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for this event, but donations are always appreciated. This is the final installment of the museum’s popular Family Day series for 2014. …

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  • No room at the inn – Man jailed for booze violations

    Jumping in front of traffic, rolling around in mud, smelling of alcohol and saying he was homeless got a Batesville man a free stay in the county jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Gene Davis said he responded to Hawgs Exxon around 5 a.m. Saturday where …

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  • Habitat sets ‘house blessing’

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will have a “house blessing” in honor of its fourth home and recipient, the Jolean Wilson family, at 9 a.m. Saturday. The house is located at 1255 Grace St. in Batesville. The organization will also be hosting a “stock …

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  • Domestics, drugs keep Izard deputies busy

    MELBOURNE — A domestic call to a Calico Rock address on Thursday resulted in the arrest of a couple, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Johnathan D. Morrison, 25, of 220 Highland St. was charged with third-degree domestic battering, second-degree false imprisonment, possessing an …

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  • Annual candlelighting slated

    The Compassionate Friends will hold its annual Candlelighting and Memorial Tree Decorating Service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the White River Firefighters Training Center. This is the fourth year for TCF to have its event at the fire training center, which is located next to …

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  • ‘Run for the Kids’ set

    The third annual “Thirsty’s Run for the Kids” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Eagle Mountain Plaza in Batesville. Admission is $10 or one unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item. Bikers who participate will leave the shopping center at 1 p.m. The event will …

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  • 2 recommended for pardons

    LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas Parole Board has recommended pardons for Independence County men, according to a news release. James M. Ashley, now an instructor at John 3:16 Ministries, was convicted for manufacture and possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, and booby trap-unlawful to install/maintain. …

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