• Sheriff reverses course on retirement

    BENTON (AP) — The sheriff in Saline County, who was convicted of public drunkenness, has changed his mind about retiring. Sheriff Bruce Pennington said last week he would retire Oct. 1. Now he says he wants to serve out his term and leave office in …

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  • Virgil L. Walker Jr. – Paid Obituary

    Virgil L. Walker Jr. of Summerville, South Carolina, widower of Leona P. Walker, passed away August 30, 2013. Virgil L. Walker Jr. was born August 7, 1918, in Hardy, Arkansas, to Virgil L. Walker Sr. and Myrtle (Bates) Walker. During Virgil’s growing-up years, the Walker …

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  • Angel Tree to send out applications

    Tis the season — for getting applications out for the Angel Tree project, that is. Members of the United Way Angel Tree Committee recently gathered to set plans in motion for the fifth annual United Way event. “Getting an early start on this event is …

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  • Standoff suspect sentenced to 2 years

    A standoff with police cost Jorge Montoya Paredes two years in a community corrections center. Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Dan Kemp handed down the sentence recently after Montoya entered a negotiated plea of guilty for two counts of theft of property and carrying a prohibited …

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  • Man receives probation for threatening workers

    Timothy L. Little might find it a little harder to find a job now with a terroristic threatening charge on his record. On July 1, Little threatened to “go postal” on employees at Arkansas State Workforce Office in Batesville after he was advised that a …

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  • Passenger taken to jail for paraphernalia

    A passenger in a vehicle who was trying to be extra nice to the officer ended up being the only one taken to jail. Officer Michael Darr said he was patrolling last Monday when a van heading toward Magness passed with no license plate. Darr …

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  • Retired teacher vies for seat

    Kathy West, retired teacher, has announced her candidacy for the Zone D2 seat on the Batesville School Board in the school board election on Sept. 17. As a teacher with 29 years in education, West said she wants “to have a voice with the school …

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  • Roger Bennett concert to feature Trammell quartet – Tickets on sale now for Oct. 12 event

    The eighth Roger Bennett Memorial Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus, according to local organizers. “The featured Southern gospel group will be the Mark Trammell Quartet,” said James Mack Street. …

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  • Public intoxication reported

    Reports of someone “falling out onto the street” near Central and Charles streets Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old Batesville woman. There, Cpl. Fred Friar, Cpl. Ernie Gillihan and Lt. Brent Everett said they found Rebecca Henley of 707 State St., drunk. …

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  • Chamber seeking teams to cook chicken wings

    The White River Water Carnival Committee is calling for teams for the 2013 LaCroix and Peco Food’s Chicken Wing Cook-Off to be held Sept. 21 at Riverside Park. More than $1,600 will be awarded in categories such as the People’s Choice, Best Overall Chicken Wing, …

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  • Lane closures expected in Searcy

    SEARCY (AP) — Arkansas highway officials say drivers should expect lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 and Race Street in Searcy. The State Highway and Transportation Department says crews will be hanging equipment and painting the U.S. Highway 67 overpass. Highway officials say the work …

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  • Cooper reappointed to Ozarka board

    MELBOURNE — Gov. Mike Beebe recently announced the reappointment of Ben Cooper of Melbourne to the Ozarka College Board of Trustees. This will be his third appointment to the board and he will serve a seven-year term that will expire July 2020. Former Gov. Mike …

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