• Robert L. Smith – Paid Obituary

    Robert L. Smith, 69, of Smithville passed away Sunday at his home. He was born August 28, 1943, in Hampton, Virginia, to William and Ruth Martindale Smith. He came from Rockford, Illinois, where he retired from Chrysler Corporation after 33 years, spending the rest of …

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  • Othal Ramsey Sr.

    WILLIFORD — Othal Bill Ramsey Sr., 77, of Williford died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home. Born Feb. 12, 1936, in Lee County, he was the son of John Ramsey and Elsie Ballintine. Survivors include his wife, Lana Fletcher Ramsey; a son, Bill Ramsey …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Thursday, July 18, 2013.

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  • Arkansas State’s McKissic on Biletnikoff Award List

    JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State sophomore J.D. McKissic has been named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award. The award is presented at the end of the year to the top receiver in college football. McKissic set an ASU school record as a …

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  • Starting times announced for first three Hog games

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas has announced game times for the first three games of the coming season. The season-opener will be Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. in Fayetteville against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Razorbacks will host Samford in Little Rock on Sept. 7 starting …

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  • Fair opens with dog show, exhibit

    Opening night of the Independence County Fair has gone to the dogs, chickens, cows and whatever else the Junior Fair board members can squeeze into Family Fun Night. For three years now, the young men and women that make up the Junior Fair Board have …

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  • Mayor invited to White House

    Batesville is on the forefront for Growing Healthy Communities, so perhaps it was only fitting Mayor Rick Elumbaugh was on the front row to hear first lady Michelle Obama tout the “Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties” last week. Elumbaugh was invited to Washington, D.C., …

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  • $200K bond set in arson

    Trying to get rid of a failed drug test may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but persistent investigators and video cameras helped nab the man who caused more than $100,000 worth of damage when he set a fire four days later. …

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  • Kidspiration serves special needs

    MELBOURNE — A building that once held sorrow and tears will now be filled with laughter and hope after an extensive remodeling project of a former funeral home has been completed for a facility that will serve special needs children. In 1981 Debbie Coleman opened …

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  • Guns, drugs, moonshine seized

    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Authorities in Stone County arrested two people and seized drugs, guns and moonshine in a recent raid. The Stone County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that deputies were tipped about an operation where people were allegedly growing marijuana and making moonshine. Several …

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  • County judge to testify before Congress

    Independence County Judge Robert Griffin will testify before Congress on Wednesday, according to a news release from Congressman Rick Crawford’s Washington office. Griffin will give his testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee regarding the White River National Blueway designation. The new program is meant …

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  • Two arrested for meth

    WALNUT RIDGE — On Sunday, officers with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office attested Harthoner Goforth, 27, of Paragould and Stephanie Speaks, 29, of Powhatan on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Sheriff Jody Dotson. “The arrests come …

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