• Janice Lovelady

    SMITHVILLE — Janice K. Lovelady, 76, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, in a Jonesboro hospice. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Smithville Baptist Church with Keith Marlin officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of …

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  • Harold Hughes

    SULPHUR ROCK — Harold Curtis Hughes, 80, of Sulphur Rock died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Sulphur Rock. Born Feb. 14, 1933, in Sulphur Rock, he was the son of Henry and Ethel Young Hughes. He was a factory worker and was a member of …

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  • Irene Sorrels

    SULPHUR ROCK — Irene Brigance Sorrels, 89, of Sulphur Rock died Friday, July 12, 2013, in Batesville. Born Jan. 14, 1924, in Cartersville, Okla., she was the daughter of James Henry Brigance and Esther Taylor Brigance. She had worked in manufacturing and was a member …

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  • ‘Angels & Tomboys,’ ‘Surveying George Washington’ now on exhibit at Crystal Bridges

    BENTONVILLE — Summertime visitors to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art have a chance to enjoy two new exhibitions. Angels & Tomboys focuses on the view of females in America through different eras, while Surveying George Washington sheds light on the nation’s Revolutionary period. …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Thursday, July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2013.

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  • Know your neighbor – Sheriff’s department keeps close eye on sex offenders

    Keeping tabs of registered sex offenders is a busy job. Detective Lt. Mike Mundy said there are 80 registered sex offenders currently residing in Independence County with 30 classified as Level 3 offenders. Sex offenders are categorized from Levels 1-4, with Levels 3 and 4 …

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  • Purse yields contraband

    It must have been a big purse, because when officers took a look inside for a gun reportedly used in a previous incident they found enough drugs and paraphernalia to file numerous felony charges against 36-year-old Judy Mills. The July 3 incident started when officers …

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  • 37 pot plants, guns, drugs seized

    A search warrant at 30 Upper Twin Forks Road by the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Thursday led to 37 marijuana plants, digital scales, glass smoking devices, numerous guns, $625 and methamphetamine, and now a Batesville couple could be facing several felony charges. The sheriff’s office …

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  • Cities under burn ban

    The cities of Batesville and Newark are currently under a burn ban, as is the rest of Independence County, according to officials in those cities. Joanne Langston, recorder/treasurer at Newark, said the burn ban is in effect for the entire Newark fire district. When the …

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  • The Bethany Project to host 5K for ‘Smart Start’

    CAVE CITY — The Bethany Project will host the Melon Dash 5K run/walk fundraiser Aug. 10 in conjunction with the Cave City Watermelon Festival, according to a news release. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will start and finish at the Cave City …

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  • Man carts items off

    Approximately 65 items totaling more than $1,000 were being carted through the Walmart garden center when it was noticed the man taking them had not paid. Loss prevention officer Ryan Martin said John Allen Ford, 41, of Sulphur Rock was exiting Walmart with the items …

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  • Farmers seeking bounty now poised for drought

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas hay farmers once hopeful they could make three cuttings in 2013 are now worried that a developing drought will stunt growth in their fields and leave them facing a shortfall when fall and winter arrive. The state has already produced more …

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