• McFall looks to sow seeds of hope and forgiveness

    Editor’s Note: The following story is a compilation of interviews with Clara McFall and entries from her personal journal.   Life hasn’t always been so kind to Clara McFall. After losing her mother at only 4 years old, she was forced to work in the …

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  • Fair lineup slated

    Hopefully, there won’t be any cattiness among the judges — just plenty of talent shining at this year’s “Independence County Idol” contest. The “Idol” talent show/contest is among the entertainment at the 93rd annual Independence County Fair and Livestock Association, set for July 15-20, with …

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  • Sex offender sentenced to 5 years

    NEWPORT — A Cave City sex offender has been sentenced for “sexting” young girls. Thomas Wayne Ashcraft Jr., 27, of Cave City was recently sentenced to five years in state prison on charges of sexual indecency with a child, according to a Jackson County circuit …

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  • Runaway found

    Trinity Dyer, the 17-year-old boy who was reported to the sheriff’s office on Monday that he was missing, has been found, according to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery.

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  • City to screen free movie

    The Batesville Parks Department will host its next “Movies in the Park” at 9 p.m. Friday in the amphitheater at Riverside Park. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Here Comes the Boom,” which is rated PG and stars Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry …

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  • Parole office opens temporary location

    The Office of Probation and Parole already has a new office opened and is located at 130 S. Fourth St. (behind the Independence County Library) in downtown Batesville, according to Andy Bullington, probation/parole officer. All parolees and probationers are to report as normal to the …

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  • Economic development director updates on possible businesses

    Batesville is still in the running for a gun manufacturer looking to relocate, Flowers Bakery will be the first tenant at the new business park on White Drive, and the Independence County Economic Development will be exploring the possibility of landing a veterans’ nursing home …

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  • Bank employees graduate

    Two Citizens Bank employees recently graduated from the Barret Graduate School of Banking in Memphis. Ken Emerson, assistant vice president commercial lender, and Janelle Shell, business development officer, completed the three-year program, which included more than 40 hours of classroom instruction each year. Shell has …

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  • Ozarka adopts opt-out measure

    MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will have its 2013 retreat and quarterly meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the John E. Miller Education Complex at Ozarka College, 218 College Drive, Melbourne. The morning will consist of a self-assessment for trustees from …

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  • Newport police warns of phone solicitations

    Newport — The Newport Police Department has received complaints this week of a company calling local businesses and residents claiming to be raising money for the Newport Elementary School, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Criminal Investigations Division. He said the calls have been …

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  • Cave City gets wind of possible poultry houses near city park

    CAVE CITY — Several people in Cave City are voicing opposition to the site of several proposed poultry houses within a half-mile of the Cave City Park, site of the community’s annual watermelon festival as well as daily activities such as jogging and walking. Among …

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  • Archery fundraiser on target

    Pat Rutherford, Eagle Mountain Health Wellness and Medical Sciences Elementary Magnet principal, spearheaded a fundraising project for all Independence County archery teams by securing a Bad Boy lawnmower courtesy of Bad Boy Mowers Inc. and First Community Bank, according to a press release. “No one, …

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