• City to study having own police force

    A utility rate hike is off the table for now, but the city will be hiring a consultant to determine the feasibility of having its own police force once again. The Batesville City Council met Tuesday night and tabled the first reading of an ordinance …

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  • Suicide awareness even set for Saturday

    The Survivors of Suicide loss support group will hold an “Out of the Darkness Walk” on Saturday at Riverside Park. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. at the amphitheater and the walk is at 10. Flowers (in memory of loved ones) will be given to walkers …

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  • Prosecutor: Shooting of blind man was in self-defense

    DALTON — A man who admittedly shot another earlier this year did so in self-defense and will not be prosecuted, according to Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce. Matthew Odom said he shot 38-year-old Timothy King on April 28 in self-defense after claiming he was threatened by …

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  • Boles named officer of year

    JONESBORO — He’s among the least seen police officers in the area, but Ashley Boles was named Police Officer of the Year on Friday by the Jonesboro Exchange Club. Boles is supervisor of the juvenile court system in the 2nd Judicial District, which includes Clay, …

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  • Chili supper, silent auction to benefit nursing students

    A fundraiser will be held for the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville licensed practical nursing class of 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, located at 610 E. Main St. in Batesville. A chili dinner will include a bowl …

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  • Sentence commutation denied

    LITTLE ROCK — A woman convicted on drug charges in Independence County has been denied a sentence commutation by the Arkansas Parole Board. The board met on Tuesday and found the request of Raina M. Houston, who was convicted in August 2012 for criminal attempt-manufacturing …

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  • Artistry of the Guitar concert to feature Dozier

    LITTLE ROCK — Artistry of the Guitar, an instrumental guitar concert series, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Fox Creek BBQ, located at 129 Lawrence St. in Batesville. The guitarists will perform “in the round” and trade songs and stories about their …

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  • Missing Trumann man found dead in ditch

    TRUMANN (AP) — A man from Trumann who went missing more than a week ago was found dead in a farm ditch in Lawrence County. Sheriff Jody Dotson says 50-year-old Steven Hooks had not been heard from since Oct. 11. His body was found late …

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  • Looking back, moving forward: Bank of Cave City has grand opening

    CAVE CITY — Many things have changed since the Bank of Cave City opened its doors on July 2, 1906. Among the latest is the new location for the bank’s headquarters in Cave City, where a grand opening was held on Friday with lunch served …

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  • ICEDC meeting moved

    The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at attorney Bob Stroud’s office, which is located on the second floor of Batesville City Hall. The commission will discuss grants for businesses. All meetings are …

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  • Trumann officer shoots man after chase

    TRUMANN (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a Trumann police officer shot a man while attempting to serve a warrant. Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson says the shooting happened Tuesday when police officers were serving a felony warrant on a man. Henson says the man …

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  • Man arrested for death after house hit

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities in Garland County have arrested a man in the death of an 87-year-old woman who died when a vehicle hit her house during the summer. Hot Springs police said Tuesday that 20-year-old Nickollas Roe left the scene of the Aug. …

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