• Izard fair is next week

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Fair will be Aug. 7-11, but there are deadlines this week, according to a news release. The deadlines for entries for the creative arts and livestock, Moss-Gallegos scholarship applications and the county bred validation entries have passed; for more information …

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  • Beyond the bars: ‘Like a day care for big kids’

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting the everyday working people of Independence County.   Laurel Sparks and Kody Headley were looking for interesting careers when they went to college for degrees in criminal justice. “Kody and I actually met …

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  • Officer asks for license, offered cigarettes instead

    The officer who arrested William Dolph Smith for driving while intoxicated Sunday afternoon asked for Smith’s driver’s license but was handed a pack of cigarettes instead. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens  said Smith, found by Pleasant Plains first responders lying in a ditch beside a …

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  • New Ash Flat library opens with Patti Dunlap art show

    ASH FLAT — The new Ash Flat Public Library is presenting Patti Dunlap as guest artist of the month during August, said Ina Gill, who is helping with publicity. The library is in the old fire station building directly behind the First National Banking Co. …

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  • Motel arrests leads to gun, drug charges

    MELBOURNE — Two Izard County residents were arrested at a motel in Melbourne last Tuesday for weapons and drug charges, according to a report from Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Tanya Turner   • Ricky Lake, 33, of Oxford and Tanya Lynette Turner, 42, of Melbourne were both …

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  • Tax holiday begins Saturday

    Arkansas’ annual sales tax holiday will be held Saturday and Sunday. State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of clothing and footwear if the sales price is less than $100 per item; clothing accessories and equipment …

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  • Victim needs more surgery

    CAVE CITY — A 10-year-old Cave City boy who got a thumb snapped off by a rope during rodeo action at H&H Rodeo Arena at Cord during Saturday night’s rodeo was headed back into surgery this morning after the reattached thumb began “turning colors,” according …

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  • Felon charged for pawning gun

    A warrant was issued Friday charging a Batesville man with being a felon in possession of a firearm after he reportedly pawned a rifle at J & J Pawn Shop earlier in the week. In a court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mundy said …

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  • Intruder arrested after struggle

    A Batesville man was arrested  around 10:30 Sunday night after he allegedly barged into a home in west Batesville looking for a man who wasn’t there. Deputy Bret Ward said when he arrived at the residence two men were struggling on the front porch, one …

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  • Guns, tools, checkbook stolen

    A suspect has been named in one of two incidents where guns and other items were stolen from in Independence County. Deputy Rob Leonard said he took a report from Fredrick Hammer Monday afternoon regarding the theft of a .50 caliber CVA muzzleloading rifle, an …

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  • Texas softball player signs with Lyon College Scots

    Lyon College added a hard-working and dedicated infielder to its 2013 softball recruiting class Monday when Coach Kristen Kolter signed Delaware native and Texas athlete Victoria Bean to a letter-of-intent. Bean played shortstop for Barbers Hill High School in Mount Belvieu, Texas. While Bean didn’t …

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  • Single-game tickets go on sale for three games in Fayetteville

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas is putting single-game tickets on sale this week for three Razorback football games in Fayetteville. Tickets for games with Rutgers, Kentucky and Tulsa go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Rutgers game is scheduled for Sept. 22, Kentucky is Oct. …

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