• Hillcrest wins Electric Vehicle Rally

    LITTLE ROCK — The 11th Annual Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas’ Electric Vehicle Rally was held recently where 15 teams from across the state including Hillcrest New Tech High School, which was named the overall winner in the event, according to a news release. The EV …

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  • Local organization welcomes top United Way trustee

    When Deanna Green, executive director of the United Way of Independence County, learned newly hired Citizens Bank president Phil Baldwin is on the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees and is member of the United Way Tocqueville Society, she couldn’t wait to meet him. “I …

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  • EAST expands to 14 schools

    LITTLE ROCK — Fourteen school districts are headed in a new direction following an announcement Wednesday that the Environmental And Spatial Technology Initiative will implement EAST programs next school year that will be funded primarily by grants through the Arkansas Department of Education. EAST is …

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  • Historic Dyess Colony: Cash’s boyhood home to open

    DYESS — The introduction of the newest Arkansas Heritage Site is expected to bring more tourists to eastern Arkansas, according to a news release. Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash is set to open to the public Aug. 16. The restoration of both …

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  • Sports take backseat to academia on signing day

    CAVE CITY — Signing day often conjures images of team colors, mascots and excitement for what’s to come when someone makes a commitment to play for a team. But a place where sports rein supreme took a backseat to academia recently when about 58 Cave …

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  • Defendant takes stand – Davis says wife ‘nagged’ him, ‘censored’ calls

    Crime scene photographs were shown to the jury Thursday as well as the bloody clothing worn by Tricia Davis when she was killed by her husband in April 2013. The once bright pink top was soaked in her blood and the pajama bottoms and shoes …

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  • Prosecutor: Use of deadly force justified

    WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — A prosecutor has cleared two Walnut Ridge police officers of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a 52-year-old man last month. Prosecutor Henry Boyce says no criminal charges will be filed against officers Jordan Cooksey and Matthew Schutzius in connection with …

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  • Bank donates watering equipment

    As a part of Main Street Batesville Board’s redesign plan, several flower beds have been created on Main Street, according to Danny Dozier, chairman of the board’s design committee. “Nothing is more inviting to a downtown area than live plants and flowers,” said Dozier. “We’ve …

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  • Deputy on patrol arrests woman for drugs

    Driving with no seat belt resulted in a female passenger going to jail for drugs Wednesday night, according a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Bobby Woods said he was on patrol when he saw a 1992 Chevrolet truck turn onto McHue …

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  • Library survey nears release

    The Independence County Library will soon want to hear from you. The first draft of a community survey is now complete and Nicole Stroud, director of the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project who was hired to help the library form a strategic plan, hopes to have …

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  • Arson suspected in abandoned house fire

    Arson is suspected in a fire that happened Wednesday afternoon in Newark when Independence County officers were called to an abandoned house off Highway 69 in Newark, according to a report filed with the sheriff’s office. Deputy John Carroll said he was called to the …

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  • Missing man located

    A Batesville man reported missing April 22 was found safe on Wednesday, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Glen Wieczorek was reported missing from 2145 North Heights when an acquaintance told officers he was concerned about Wieczorek’s welfare. Wieczorek told police Wednesday that he …

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