• Census takes ‘snapshot’

    Have you filled out your Census form? Only about half of the nation has — so far.
    Today is the day that the U.S. Census Bureau takes what it calls a “snapshot” of the U.S. population.
    Although today is Census Day, residents still have time to fill out and mail back their 10-question Census form, saving the government about $57 for each household that does not have to be visited by an enumerator, officials said.

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  • Contractor rejects settlement offer

     An offer of $75,000 to settle a three-year-old lawsuit between Independence County and Mobley Construction, the company that built three hydroelectric generation stations along the White River, has been rejected.
    News of the rejection was made to members of the Independence County Quorum Court Hydro Committee during a hydro committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.
    The committee had received word last week that Mobley was willing to accept a settlement of $700,942.70 for what the county allegedly owes the company for work completed.

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  • Skull identified

     Partial human remains found in west Batesville in 2008, have been positively identified as a local missing person, William Ernest Green Jr., according to a news release by Detective Sgt. Brent Everett with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
    Green, who was 25 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen on Nov. 28, 2003, while he was living at Independence Inn on East Main Street.

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  • Inmate caught

    ASH FLAT — An escapee from the Sharp County Jail was arrested Wednesday with the help of high-tech surveillance and other law enforcement agencies, Sheriff Dale Weaver said this morning.
    The fugitive, Michael Shane Mallonee, was captured about 5:15 p.m. “with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service out of Jonesboro and some high-tech surveillance, the Jonesboro Police Department and the DTF (drug task force)” Weaver said.

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  • Medical bill dispute goes to trial

    A trial in a civil lawsuit will be set for later this year in connection with the shooting of a man by an Arkansas State Police officer in Sharp County three years ago.
    James Naldo Arnold, who was struck in the side by a bullet from Special Agent Wendall Jines’ service pistol during a struggle as Jines attempted to arrest Arnold, spent four days in White River Medical Center.
    The hospital is suing Sharp County for $20,746 plus 6 percent interest from December 2008 plus fees and court costs amounting to about $5,000.

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