• Winking owls, starbursts and mirrored boxes, oh my!

    With my own place comes the desire to fill it with things I’ve always wanted but didn’t have space for. These days it’s not the space, but money, or lack of, that prevents me still. Now that I can expand my sights at what I …

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  • Post offices and early roads

    The U.S. Congress approved a road from St. Louis to Arkansas Post in 1816. Pioneers and post offices would follow in slow fashion. Davidsonville, on Black River, would be the first place to establish postal service on June 28, 1817. Arkansas Post, on the lower …

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  • State Historical Society formed 150 years ago

    One hundred fifty years ago, Arkansawyers were busy trying to protect not only their homes and property from destruction by Confederate and Union armies, the citizens of the state were also trying to protect their history. This week in 1863, concerned citizens met in Little …

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  • Retired administrator, referee had ‘big heart’

    OIL TROUGH — A father who was killed, rarely having any food to eat and an orphanage to call home until the age of 5 — anyone else dealt such a hand might have used it as an excuse for failure. Charles Fraser saw it …

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  • Federal indictment expected

    It’s arson. A federal indictment charging someone with causing between $100,000 and $200,000 damage at the parole and probation office in Batesville is expected to be handed down within the next few weeks. According to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery, the investigation into the early …

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  • Panty-picker goes to jail

    Going to Walmart for a clean pair of women’s panties wasn’t such a good idea for one 29-year-old man. Brandon M. Needham of Newport Road faces a misdemeanor shoplifting warrant along with a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. According to the police report, …

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  • White River Community Garden fulfills need in Batesville area

    Russell and Jessie Robb have gardened all their lives and formerly lived out in the country, off Brushy Road. But the house and land got to be too much for them to keep up with, so they moved into Daffin Manor 12 years ago. There, …

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  • Domestic violence call ends in arrest

    Repeated domestic violence complaints at an apartment located in the 1300 block of Addie Street resulted in the arrest of one person Wednesday afternoon. Neighbors told officers they frequently heard loud voices and what sounded like someone throwing another person around inside of the apartment. …

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  • Woman says duo stole her wallet

    Investigators are looking into a robbery report outside the Dollar General store on Central Avenue in Batesville after a woman called to say two men came up behind her and took her wallet. Candalaria Walls, 42, of Batesville told Deputy Kirk Green she was leaving …

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  • H-Bend may hand over police coverage to county

    HORSESHOE BEND — If everything goes as planned the Izard County Sheriff’s Office will be expanding its protection coverage. A proposal by Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes was discussed June 12 at the Horseshoe Bend Finance meeting to move the Horseshoe Bend Police Department under …

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  • Used clothing, furniture store opens

    Christy’s Used Clothes and Furniture has recently opened at 2485 Harrison St. (across from Suddenlink) in Batesville. Owners Christy Russell and fiance Buck Murphree said the store carries many designer name clothing. “Name brands at other (used clothing) stores are $7-$10. These are $3,” Murphree …

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  • Grant given

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Southwestern Energy recently presented Midland High School with a $2,000 grant to purchase supplies for its science lab, according to a news release. Since 2008, Southwestern Energy has provided more than $284,000 to schools in the Fayetteville Shale as part of its …

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