• Possible fire at local KFC

    Batesville firefighters and personnel work a scene at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silver’s after receiving reports of a possible fire shortly after 6 this morning. No fire was discovered but Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn said smoke was found to be coming out …

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  • Phony money leads to 21 forgery counts

    Claiming he was given counterfeit money for his bicycle and a big-screen TV, a Heber Springs man is free on $50,000 bond after being arrested on 21 counts of forgery and counterfeit money. In a court affidavit filed Tuesday, Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Thatch …

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  • Flood threat looms as Isaac takes aim at Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Isaac began its slow march today into Arkansas, where the weakening tropical storm could drop more rain in two days than some areas have seen in months. The National Weather Service said flash flooding and isolated tornadoes are possible today and …

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  • Meth found in traffic stop

    Shawn Pridemore WALNUT RIDGE — Two Missouri men were arrested for drugs Monday during a traffic stop near Portia, according to a news release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Goldman Truett, 41, of Dexter, Mo., and Shawn Pridemore, 20, of Chillichothe, Mo., were arrested …

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  • Drunk man arrested in street

    A Sulphur Rock man was arrested after police received a report of a man lying in the intersection of Moore Circle and Sanders Road around 9 p.m. Friday, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. When Deputy Shawn Stephens arrived he said …

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  • City offices closed for holiday

    The city of Newark announced it will close its offices on Monday for the Labor Day holiday and there will be no trash pickup. Normal business hours and trash routes will resume on Tuesday. In the city of Batesville, Tuesday’s trash routes will run on …

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  • Copper taken from vacant houses

    Police say they have no clue as to when two vacant houses may have been broken into, but it was easy to tell that copper wire and plumbing was the target. Independence County Deputy Michael Moody said he met with Tommy Jones Monday morning in …

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  • Fire chief hits vehicle

    No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a Batesville Fire Department pickup just before noon Monday. Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones said Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn was attempting to pull out of the driveway of Market Place Shopping Center onto Harrison Street …

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  • Night music near cemetery concerns neighbors

    Reports of strange late night music near Hopewell Cemetery has neighbors concerned, according to Deputy Michael Moody with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Moody said around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon he spoke with a neighbor in the area who told him there had been odd incidents …

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  • Decisions, decisions

    Our guest today is John J. Smith of Carson City, Nevada, who is certified by the Gallup Organization as an “undecided voter.” Q: Mr. Smith, what does the “J” stand for? A: Joan. My parents weren’t sure if they wanted a boy or girl. Q: …

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  • Obama’s last, desperate attempt to save capitalism

    The Obama administration recently announced the creation of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio — a “public-private” consortium of manufacturing firms, universities, community colleges and nonprofits from the Ohio-West Virginia-Pennsylvania Tech Belt coinvesting with the federal government. The seed money, $30 …

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  • On handwritten letters

    I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten a handwritten letter from a friend — it has to be 10 or 15 years. What’s worse, I …

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