• Letter to the editor

    Please take care of your pets Dear Editor, As an animal lover and a public health advocate, I want to stress the importance of getting your pets vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is a growing problem in Independence and the surrounding counties as well as the …

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  • April Fools

    The calendar says Monday is April 1, but lately it seems that foolishness occurs year-round. As one who devoted much of his life to the family business of pranking people, I’m often asked if folks are more difficult to trick today than six decades ago …

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  • Christians mark Jesus’ crucifixion

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City today, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus. Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus’ steps along the Via Dolorosa, …

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  • Jennie Turkenkopf

    ASH FLAT — Jennie Turkenkopf, 65, of Ash Flat died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in a Salem hospital. She was born March 21, 1948, in Pikes Peak, Ky. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two daughters, Tilsa Romine of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Carla Knowlton …

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  • Billy Goforth

    Billy Gene Goforth, 81, of Batesville died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his home. Born Sept. 28, 1931, at Batesville, he was the son of Elver and Maggie Roberts Goforth. He married Wilma Elnora Barnett on June 3, 1950. He was a U.S. Army veteran, …

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  • Tina Long

    OIL TROUGH — Tina Christine Long, 28, of Oil Trough died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born April 6, 1984, in Vicksburg, Miss., she was the daughter of Junior Moler and Sarah Creel Horton. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include …

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  • Former Batesville Legionnaire wins GAC hitter of week honor

    RUSSELLVILLE — Southern Arkansas senior-right fielder Jason Dahl, a former Batesville American Legion baseball player, won the Great American Conference Hitter of the Week for the week-ending March 24, according to a news release from the conference office. Dahl, the Muleriders’ leadoff hitter, sparked a …

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  • Lady Southerners lead 4A-2 District, win 10-7

    SOUTHSIDE — Sydney Fuller picked up the win and Krysta Beeler the save as the Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 10-7 Thursday in a 4A-2 Distict game. Fuller pitched five innings and struck out four, walked five and allowed two hits. Beeler …

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  • S-side sweeps Riverview in 4A-3 Conference play

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southerner and Lady Southerner soccer teams swept the Riverview Raiders and Lady Raiders Thursday as both teams remained undefeated in 4A-3 Conference play. The Lady Southerners won their conference opener 2-1 as Jennifer Wyatt scored two goals on five shots and Jessica …

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  • Fortson’s 3-run homer lifts Mustangs, 8-6

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs defeated the Brookland Bearcats 8-6 Thursday in dramatic fashion as Drew Fortson hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning for the non-district victory. It was the second home run of the day for Fortson as …

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  • Eagles hand Lyon baseball first AMC setback

    Lyon Sports Information After an extended series opener that included a combined six double plays and a gutsy pitching performance by Lyon College ace Talan Roepcke helped give the Scots a 5-4 win in 11 innings, Williams Baptist College erased an 8-1 deficit in the …

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  • Pioneers slam Raiders, 13-3

    The Batesville Pioneers hammered the Riverview Raiders 13-3 Thursday as they scored 10 runs in the bottom of this five-inning non-district contest. The Pioneers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and added three more in the bottom of the third. The …

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