• Clyde Cranford

    VIOLET HILL — Clyde Edmond Cranford, 70, of Violet Hill died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at his home. Born Nov. 27, 1942, in Albion, Okla., he was the son of Clyde Ermon Cranford and Agnes Moore Cranford. In 1962, he was united in marriage to …

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  • Freamon Martin

    DARDANELLE — Freamon Joel Martin, 86, of Dardanelle died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at his home. Born May 17, 1926, at Caraway, he was the son of Joseph Sears and Della Bogard Blake Martin. He installed chain link fences in the area for more than …

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  • Etta Moore

    ORE CITY, Texas — Etta Jean Dossett Moore, 81, of Ore City, Texas, died Jan. 31, 2013, at a Texas hospice. Born April 30, 1931, in Pleasant Plains, she was the daughter of John and Lela Ann James Dossett. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, cooking and …

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  • Benton hits right note for 72 years

    A few weeks ago Betsy Benton laid down her choir book for the last time. For 72 years she has shared her voice with her church and the community. “I have never known when I didn’t sing,” the 92-year-old Benton said, explaining that she retired …

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  • 5 jailed after police rifle allegedly stolen

    Stealing a shotgun from a locked police car and trading it for drugs started an investigation that has five people charged with numerous felonies and bonds levied at more than $250,000. According to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery, the department was notified Monday of several …

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  • ABC issues sanctions against two

    Two Independence County businesses are facing sanctions from the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. Director Michael Langley said the Duck Blind has been “given some stiff sanctions” while Bryan’s Grill is facing penalties as well. The penalties were handed down Wednesday. The Duck Blind was …

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  • Raid nets arrests for drugs, cash, gun

    Drugs, money, a gun, scanner and cameras were among the items found during a raid in the Ruddell Hill community Wednesday afternoon. Conducted by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, armed with a search warrant, the …

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  • UACCB to host Friends in Great Places concert

    Singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones will headline the fifth annual Friends in Great Places concert at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville on March 9. This year’s concert will also feature Danny Dozier and Friends. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Kids’ …

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  • Woman walking down street trying to sell syringes to motorists arrested

    A 30-year-old Cave City woman walking a street in Batesville trying to sell syringes to passing motorists on Valentine’s Day was arrested despite her insistence that she seeks advice from God all the time. Independence County Deputy Zach Rawlins said he was dispatched to the …

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  • Volunteer receives Boy Scouts’ highest honor

    Fourteen years as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for one Batesville woman resulted in her being honored with the organization’s top award at a recent Quapaw Area Council meeting. Janna Hamm of Batesville, who is with Troop 320 of the Boy Scouts, …

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  • Auditions to be held for ‘Oliver’

    Batesville Community Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical production, “Oliver!” at 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24 at the BCT building on Pepsi Cola Road across from the airport in Batesville. “Oliver!” is an award-winning musical story about an orphaned boy in 1850s …

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  • Parkinson’s Support Group to meet Monday

    The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Citizens Bank Annex Building on College Street in Batesville. The speaker will be Janet Wood, occupational therapist. The group meets the third Monday of each month. The meeting is open to …

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