• Remembering Bess Wolf ‘You have to see the funny things in life’

    At 103, Bessie “Bess” Wolf kept fellow residents, staff and families at Wood-Lawn Nursing Home entertained with her piano playing. “She was a marvelously talented lady,” said Jim Barnett, a friend who said Wolf “was like one of the (Barnett) family” for decades. Wolf died …

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  • Branson battered

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A powerful storm system bearing a string of possible tornadoes left at least one person dead and dozens injured as it tore roofs from buildings, upturned trailers and wreaked chaos across a broad swath of the Midwest. Forecasters had predicted conditions …

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  • Wife beaten, left in ditch

    ASH FLAT -— A Sharp County woman is in critical condition after she was found in a road ditch covered in blood. According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, 32-year-old April Herron was spotted lying in the ditch on Acres Road by an Ozark Acres …

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  • Council hears about standards

    The Batesville City Council was “schooled” Tuesday night. At the council meeting, Dr. Randy Willison, Batesville school superintendent, gave a presentation about the school’s role in “A Whole New Ballgame: Making Our Graduates and Our Community Competitive.” “We’re finding more and more and this is …

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  • 911 call from screaming mom ends in arrest

    An early Sunday morning call to 911 from a screaming woman sent police to a Finch Street address where they reportedly encountered a man going berserk and tearing up furniture. Deputy Shay Moore said when she arrived at the residence around 12:45 a.m., she could …

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  • No damage reported in Ark. from storm system

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — No major damage has been reported as the storm system that struck southwest Missouri skirted the northern part of Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says it’s received no reports of damages as of 6 a.m. today. The National Weather …

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  • Habitat for Humanity announces banquet

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will hold its Home is Where the Heart Is banquet on March 10 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7. Students from …

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  • Drugs, guns found during probation visit

    A defaced pistol grip shotgun, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine were reported found in the home of a Cord man by parole/probation agents Tuesday afternoon. Darin Brewer, a deputy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, said he was dispatched to the home of George Roger Brewer, …

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  • Growing up stinky

    Angelia Roberts “In Black and White” We grew up stinky. If you had been part of our family circus, you would have been a stinky kid too. It all goes back to my Grandma Rand who was a firm believer that Vick’s Vapor Rub could …

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  • 2012 State of the city

    Rick Elumbaugh Tonight I come before you to deliver the State of the City address. Five years ago, you elected me to bring positive change to our community. Whether it has been to faithfully balance the budget, solve our infrastructure problems or tackle the issue …

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  • DAR hosts American History Essay Contest luncheon

    The Daughters of the American Revolution Independence Chapter held its annual American history essay contest luncheon Feb. 6 at Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Batesville.  The students winning first, second and third places in the contest from each school were treated to a buffet lunch and awards …

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  • Service member awarded degree

    Lanny Parker TRENTON, N.J. — Lanny B. Parker of Okinawa, Japan, son of Lloyd and Peggy Parker of Batesville, was awarded a bachelor of arts in natural sciences and mathematics from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J. He and his wife of 16 years, …

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