• Missing Dinah – Ovarian cancer takes woman too soon

    SOUTHSIDE — It’s too quiet at Jerry Haertlein’s home now that Dinah, his wife of 35 years is gone. He had hoped to have at least another 20 years with her to travel and enjoy retirement but that won’t happen now. Dinah died on Feb. …

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  • Storm brings hail, flooding

    A Thursday afternoon thunderstorm brought with it heavy rain and hail, leaving some without power, but luckily very little damage this time, Glen Willis, Independence County Office of Emergency Management director, said this morning. Crews with the city of Batesville were reportedly still working to …

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  • Police: Sex offender contacts teen

    A warrant has been issued for a level two sex offender who has failed to update his files with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. In a court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Mike Mundy said Thomas Ashcraft, who has an address of 232 Winchester …

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  • Cave City receives governor’s award

    CAVE CITY — Cave City Nursing Home was one of 17 organizations throughout the state last week to receive an Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award from Gov. Mike Beebe during the 18th annual celebration held at the Peabody Hotel Little Rock. Approximately 300 business and civic …

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  • LEPC discusses flu clinics

    Upcoming traffic disruptions in Westside and a flu clinic were discussed at Tuesday’s Independence County Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting. Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn announced to committee members the Batesville Water Department will begin major construction on water and sewer lines in Westside beginning …

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  • 1 hurt in crash that flips car

    Cave City resident Eric L. Rogers, 20, was taken to White River Medical Center for treatment of what didn’t appear to be life-threatening injuries following a three-car accident Wednesday afternoon in which one vehicle flipped over in the middle of St. Louis Street. In his …

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  • Annual Lyon College event makes for a good day

    Rosco never had it so good. The little tan dog couldn’t resist flopping over for several belly rubs from Lyon College freshman Blake Rogers, who was at the Humane Society of Independence County as part of the school’s annual Service Day. The quiet Lewisville, Texas, …

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  • Sharp collector to visit 2 sites

    ASH FLAT — Sharp County Tax Collector Charlotte Ratliff will be collecting taxes at the Cherokee Village Senior Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday and at the Cave City Community Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 9, according to a …

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  • Angel Tree applications available

    It’s time for parents to pick up applications for their children living in Independence County to receive Christmas gifts from the Angel Tree. Applications may be picked up from Department of Human Services at 100 Weaver Ave. in Batesville or the United Way office located …

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  • Izard posts sample ballots online

    MELBOURNE — Precinct-specific sample ballots for Izard County are now available online and can be viewed or printed, according to the Izard County Clerk’s Office. Users can visit the Izard County government website at http://izardcountyar.org and then click the “Circuit/County Clerk” link to find links …

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  • Fugitive from Drasco caught

    HEBER SPRINGS — At about 2 a.m. Thursday, investigators from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, along with deputy United States marshals and officers from the Searcy Police Department took 24-year-old Joshua Paul Nelson, who was wanted for aggravated assault, into custody, said Sheriff Marty Moss. …

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  • Vital Link given national accreditation

    Vital Link EMS has been awarded accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for its compliance with national EMS standards of excellence for the fourth time, according to a new release. “Vital Link continues to be among the nation’s elite ambulance services …

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