• Sentencing planned for former Pocahontas judge

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former northeast Arkansas judge previously imprisoned for sending a live snake in the mail faces more time behind bars after he was convicted in a separate drug case. Bob Sam Castleman was to be sentenced today in federal court in …

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  • Ex-official pleads guilty

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The former head of the Benton County road department has been sentenced to 90 days in prison after pleading guilty to felony theft of property and misdemeanor theft of services charges. Scott Stober was sentenced Thursday and was given credit for 53 …

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  • Recreation areas closed

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — Several recreation areas in the Sylamore Ranger District in Arkansas have been closed as authorities search for a man wanted on assault charges in Mississippi. The U.S. Forest Service says the North Sylamore Creek Hiking Trail, the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail, Gunner …

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  • County considers effects of possible incorporation

    With Southside looking at incorporating, the Independence County Quorum Court discussed what effects it would have on the county at Monday night’s meeting. Justice of the Peace Waymon Long wanted to see a committee put together to study any possible ramifications to the county if …

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  • Changes surround 9/11 commemoration

    NEW YORK — A solemn reading of the names. Moments of silence to mark the precise times of tragedy. Stifled sobs of those still mourning. As the nation pauses today to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack, little about the …

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  • Sunday fire under investigation

    A fire that burned thousands of dollars in hay on Sunday has been deemed a possible arson, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Chris Toland said he was dispatched just after 3 p.m. to a fire at 685 Oak Bluff …

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  • Man coaxed out of bathroom, cited for intoxication

    A man who was unable to get inside a man’s house for a drink of water then ran to his father’s and barricaded himself in the bathroom until officers were able to coax him out was cited and taken to jail. The incident started Tuesday …

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  • Water carnival is Saturday

    The 71st annual White River Water Carnival gets under way Saturday, starting with some new events. At 10 a.m., the carnival opens with the White River Drag Boat Races, which is a new event, as well as the MDA Firetruck Pull, which is not new …

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  • Officers ready for carnival

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is gearing up for this weekend’s upcoming White River Water Carnival at Riverside Park in Batesville. Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls told the Batesville City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night that several reserve officers are being called upon to …

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  • UACCB plans cookout

    The University of Arkansas at Community College at Batesville will hold a communitywide cookout at 4 p.m. Monday on the east side of Independence Hall. The free event is being held to celebrate the 2014-15 academic year and is open to the pubic.

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  • West Memphis 3 author to speak at museum Sunday

    Author Mara Leveritt will be speak at Old Independence Regional Museum’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday. A contributing editor to the Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year, Leveritt has reported for almost three decades on police, courts and prisons, besides being …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14, 2014.

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