• Church stands united

    When Pastor Jeff Cox stepped into the pulpit Sunday morning it was with a heavy heart. He had been personally struggling to come to terms with what his parishioners and the community had been dealing with over the past several weeks. So with the support …

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  • Independence County man accused of raping girl

    Authorities charged a 28-year-old man with rape after the incident was reported and the crime lab confirmed the DNA belonged to him. The incident occurred earlier this year when an 11-year-old girl was spending the night at his residence in Independence County. According to Independence …

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  • DWI, battery charges filed after wreck

    Drunk and high on drugs means Gary Lynn McClour’s legal problems are mounting after causing serious injuries to others with a deadly weapon. The affidavit for arrest filed Thursday tagged McClour with felony violations and his bond was set at $50,000. McClour has been in …

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  • Groups withdraw Blueways support

    LITTLE ROCK — In a stunning turn of events, four state agencies that were in favor of the White River Watershed National Blueway designation withdrew their support at a joint meeting of the Committee on City, County and Local Affairs on Wednesday. Arkansas Natural Resources …

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  • Husband accused of assaulting wife, children at home

    Christopher Slisher apparently wasn’t handling his divorce very well and took it out on his family Wednesday evening, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. A Batesville woman told Deputy Curtis Howard and Cpl. Michael Darr that her husband, Slisher, 40, …

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  • Rapist moves to Franklin

    MELBOURNE — A sex offender recently released from prison has moved to Franklin, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence announced. Melvin K. Shoemate, who has moved to 433 Roberts Cemetery Road, was convicted in 1997 of rape in Fulton County. Shoemate was convicted of forcibly raping …

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  • Lorch named division chair at Ozarka College

    MELBOURNE — Dr. Dennis Rittle, vice president of academic affairs at Ozarka College, recently announced that Chris Lorch has been named division chair for Arts and Humanities, which includes English, history, psychology, criminal justice and art. “Mr. Lorch will be an exceptional addition to the …

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  • Community center receives first grant

    The Ethel O. Miller Community Center received a $1,750 grant from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHF) during a reception at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. The grant was made possible in part by a grant from the Arkansas Black …

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  • Consignment clothes taken

    The clothes were on consignment, but instead they were carried off when the owner closed up shop, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Louise Bunch, 515 Galloway Road, Newark, told Deputy Jonathan Brown on Wednesday that she had placed several …

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  • Five receive scholarships

    Five local graduates have been awarded Academic Distinction scholarships to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, announced Kristen Cross, director of financial aid. Chelsea Johnson of Batesville graduated from Batesville High School.  She is the daughter of Wanda Johnson and will pursue a …

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  • Atwell Foundation to raffle Jeep 4×4

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — A Jeep Compass 4×4 will be raffled Monday at Ozark Heritage Bank in Mountain View. The Nikki Lee Atwell Foundation is limiting sales to 500 tickets at $100 each. The foundation was set up to honor the memory of Atwell, who died …

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  • Pickin’ for Paws is Saturday

    MELBOURNE — The Second Annual Pickin’ for Paws concert will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the John E. Miller Building on the campus of Ozarka College at Melbourne. The event is held by Izard County Animal Rescue Effort, and all proceeds will go to …

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