• Sold into slavery – From abuse to advocacy

    From Wednesday’s edition: Kathy Bryan was just 16 years old, a regular kid in a middle class neighborhood, when she was forced into sex slavery. The man, “Jack,” threatened to involve her 5-year-old sister if she didn’t comply. She felt she had no choice. Bryan …

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  • Compassionate Friends honor their children

    The two yellow balloons bore the words “Love you bubba Zachary, Zandrea” and “Zachary I love you so much!!! Zaylee.” The balloons, in memory of the girls’ brother Zachary Cousins who died in 2004 at the age of 20 months, were released with dozens of …

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  • Indictment handed down

    A federal grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday against a Batesville man. Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Grover Crossland, resident agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, announced that Douglas McArthur Adams …

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  • Man faces aggravated assault after throwing urine

    A Batesville man who reportedly threw a urine sample into a probation officer’s face now faces aggravated assault charges. Police were dispatched Sept. 10 to the Independence County Courthouse where probation officer Jeremy Canard said he was administering a drug test on 50-year-old Gary Sanders. …

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  • Jack Sanders: Still an educator, even in retirement

    On the first day of school last month, a familiar face was missing from the campuses of the Batesville School District. Jack Sanders, who has worked in education for 31 years, the last 16 at Batesville, was not there. He retired at the end of …

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  • Illegal gambling reported

    Illegal gambling operations were reportedly found at the local VFW club, according to Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. The sheriff said investigators from his department went with a search a warrant to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post at the corner of Chaney Drive and …

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  • Woman asks cops to take away gun

    A woman who said she purchased a gun for her roommate called police Wednesday, asking they remove it from the house because she felt unsafe by the way the man handled the firearm. Officer Jordan Akins said he arrived at the residence at 255 W. …

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  • WRMC no longer accepting Humana as ‘in-network’

    As on Jan. 1, 2014, White River Health System (WRHS) will become an out-of-network provider for Humana Medicare Advantage Health Insurance. WRHS representatives and the insurance company were unable to reach an agreement after lengthy negotiations. As a result, Medicare beneficiaries with Humana Medicare Advantage …

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  • Bank to open full-service location in Jonesboro

    First Community Bank has started the process to make application with the Arkansas State Bank Department to open a new, full-service office at 1617 S. Caraway Rd. in Jonesboro, according to Dale Cole, bank chairman and CEO. The bank has operated a mortgage origination office …

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  • Board eyes furniture purchase

    The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Batesville High School cafeteria. The board will hear personnel reports, four student transfer requests from the Southside district and consider approving $11,248.14 in school furniture. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Rubber Ducky Regatta returns

    The second annual Rubber Ducky Regatta will once again be a part of the White River Water Carnival held on Sept. 21. Rubber ducks are available for $10 each and proceeds benefit the Christian Health Center of Batesville, a nonprofit medical clinic that provides health …

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  • TOPS offers tips to take off pounds

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Take Off Pounds Sensibly Inc., a nonprofit weight loss support organization, has these tips to make workplace exercises a regular part of the routine. Mini exercise bikes, elliptical trainers and steppers are compact, portable and an easy way to get some aerobic …

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