• Independence County teen reported missing

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old girl. Madison Danielle Wood is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches, 150 pounds, with a lip ring, curly black shoulder-length hair and was last seen wearing a black hoodie …

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  • Wrong name is wrong idea

    Giving an officer the wrong name wasn’t such a good idea, especially when it came back with outstanding warrants. Charges began racking up for 35-year-old Lacosta M. Lopez when she was pulled over for a traffic stop Monday. Independence County Sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Calender said …

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  • Fox Creek BBQ fined by ABC

    LITTLE ROCK — Fox Creek BBQ Restaurant has been fined $350 and placed on 90-day probation for furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor, according to a representative at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division in Little Rock. The board met last week and found the business …

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  • Kidnapping victim rescued in Newport

    Newport — Newport police were able to stop an apparent kidnapping in progress early Monday morning, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. Officers were dispatched to the Exxon Travel Center, located on Airbase Road in Newport, around 2 …

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  • Guard ends streaming at football games

    It’s football time again and the Batesville Daily Guard is excited about this year’s Batesville Pioneers. For the past several years the Guard has been doing live coverage of these events. That will no longer continue. It’s something we have enjoyed doing and has been …

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  • Bond set at $10K for narcotics fraud

    Shelby Lynn Johnson, 22, of Batesville faces a felony charge after she allegedly tried to obtain narcotics. Prosecutor Don McSpadden has charged her after officers were called to a local pharmacy where she was parked in the drive-through waiting for the prescription to be filled. …

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  • City buys fire truck for airport

    The city of Batesville has bought a foam fire truck for future use at the airport. Batesville Regional Airport Manager Darren Wilkes said a new fire station would eventually be built to house the truck on a full-time basis, and this is an important step …

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  • Son arrested after setting chair on fire

    Setting a recliner on fire in the front yard along with cussing his mother landed a charge against a Newark man. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Jordan Akins said he received a call from Newark firefighter Marty Melton around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Melton told Akins he …

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  • Blood drive planned

    Mount Zion Lodge No. 10 will host a Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Free lunch will be served to donors. The lodge is located at 985 Batesville Blvd. across from the Batesville Regional Airport.

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  • Bald Knob receives membership in Union Pacific’s train registry

    SPRING, Texas — Bald Knob has been awarded membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry as part of ongoing efforts to highlight cities with a historical connection to the railroad, according to a news release. The city received an official Train Town USA resolution …

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  • Health unit to close next week

    The Independence County Health Department will be closed Sept. 3-10 so it may convert to electronic health records. The office will reopen Sept. 11 for Electronic Medical Records training but will be operating at only about 30 to 50 percent of capacity until staff can …

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  • Lady Southerners open volleyball with sweep of Highland Lady Rebs

    HIGHLAND — The Southside Lady Southerners swept the Highland Lady Rebels in a non-conference Class 4A match Monday as Guard-circulation area teams began their high school volleyball seasons. The Lady Southerners won 25-23, 25-23, 25-13. Alexus Lawellin led the Lady Southerners with 12 kills. Southside …

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