• Zero tolerance to be enforced

    Those wanting to create their own big bang this Fourth of July could find themselves with a big ticket instead. Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn is reminding the public that the county and citywide burn ban includes the setting of fireworks. Burn ban or not, …

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  • Church official faces sex charge

    ASH FLAT -— A youth minister in Cherokee Village faces a felony assault charge after a 14-year-old told officers he had been inappropriate with her. According to information filed in the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office, Paul Kevin Hendrix is being charged with second degree sexual …

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  • Beebe weighing Medicaid expansion after ruling

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday he’ll decide before next year’s legislative session whether to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, but said he’s inclined to move forward with the …

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  • School filing deadline nears

    Those wanting to serve their community on their local board of education need to turn in their petitions. Filings for September’s annual school board elections began this morning. Deadline to file is noon July 10 during regular business hours at the Independence, Sharp and Izard …

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  • Drugs smuggled in Bible

    Jeffrey Moser MELBOURNE — Two men have been charged in Izard County for their alleged roles in a scheme to use a Bible to smuggle illegal narcotics into the county jail. Sheriff Lawrence Tate said Monday that 23-year-old Brandon Joe “BJ” Gillaspie hid hydromorphone pills …

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  • Burglary, vehicle thefts reported

    A homeowner reported to police Monday that several contractor’s tools and copper wire were stolen from a home being remodeled in Newark. Rebecca Altom said that sometime between 8 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday, someone broke into her rent house and took several items …

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  • Guard offices to be closed

    The Batesville Daily Guard will not publish Wednesday in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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  • Man arrested; items seized

    Dark window tint got a Batesville man stopped but drugs and a suspended license got him arrested Thursday. Arkansas State Police Cpl. Russell Brinsfield said he conducted  a traffic stop on a 2008 Dodge Charger for violation of window tint. The driver, Humberto Rivera Alvarez, …

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  • Filing for CC treasurer to begin July 27

    CAVE CITY — The City of Cave City has announced the separation of the recorder and treasurer’s positions and applicants are being sought for recorder, according to the Cave City Clerk’s Office. Filing deadline will be held July 27 through Aug. 17 at the Sharp …

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  • Jonesboro man faces felony animal cruelty charge

    JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro man has been charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly beating a 5-month-old German shepherd puppy that later had to be euthanized. Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Monday to charge 42-year-old Richard Darrell Tippen with the …

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  • Man charged in domestic battery

    A fight between he and his girlfriend June 22 has resulted in a 39-year-old Newark man being charged with felony second-degree domestic battery, according to a court affidavit filed by Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Mundy said that Deputy Darin Brewer …

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  • Area softballers compete in state tournaments

    The 16-and-under Batesville Breakers went 2-2 and took fifth place at the United States Specialty Sports Association Open State Tournament in Conway over the weekend. Batesville’s 14-and-under Krush, 12-and-under Southern Belles, and 10-and-under Rumble also took the road for the United States Fastpitch Association Class …

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