• Sports Briefs

    Pro baseball NEW YORK (AP) — The major league batting average dropped to .253 this season, its lowest level since hitters combined for a .244 average in 1972. This year’s average was down from a peak of .270 in 1996. The big league earned run …

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  • Federal offices closed

    “The state is not in a position to, nor will we, bail out the federal government. We just don’t have the resources to be able to do it, nor is it our intention to do so.”  —Mike Beebe   Those who have business with USDA …

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  • Gambling charge upgraded

    An illegal gambling charge has been upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony, according to an affidavit filed Monday in Independence County Circuit Court. Bond has been set at $10,000 for Gary L. Richardson Jr., 47, of Batesville who is facing a class D felony …

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  • Fight erupts in sheriff’s department parking lot

    Officer Andrew Rogers didn’t have very far to go to break up a fight. Rogers said he was inside the Independence County Sheriff’s Office around 8 p.m. Sunday when he heard a loud banging on the door. He said Tina George was standing there saying …

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  • Experiment station to mark 75th year

    Three-quarters of a century ago, the University of Arkansas changed a piece of land outside Batesville to create the Livestock & Forestry Research Station. On Friday, the Batesville experiment station will continue to mark its 75th anniversary with an open house. Information and photos of …

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  • Meth found after traffic stop

    ASH FLAT — Methamphetamine was found in a pickup which Sharp County Deputy Trint Milligan stopped Saturday for having no vehicle license and no tail lights, said Sheriff Mark Counts. The stop was made on Milligan Campground Road. “Deputy Milligan asked for permission to search …

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  • Off-duty Jackson Co. officer charged with DWI

    GRUBBS — An off-duty officer with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department found himself on the other side of the law Monday and now faces charges of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. In a statement Sheriff David Lucas said he received a call …

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  • Police: Drunk woman forcibly removed from church

    Several churches filed reports over the weekend and one involved having a woman forcibly removed. Officer Gary Franks said he was called to North Heights Church of Christ in regards to a drunk woman and was told by James Smith they wanted 44-year-old Jacqueline S. …

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  • Teenager found passed out at business

    Splish Splash she was taking a nap, at least until the officer arrived. That’s how Deputy Shay Moore found 18-year-old Ashley N. Ritter at the Super Splash Car Wash at around 4:21 p.m. Friday. Moore said when she arrived Ritter was laid back in the …

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  • Investigation yields drugs

    WALNUT RIDGE — An investigation over the weekend led to the arrest of 50-year-old Herschel Davis Sr. of Imboden on drug charges, said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. “Investigators from Lawrence County, assisted by the Hoxie Police Department and Black Rock Police Department, using an …

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  • Breast cancer – WRMC kicks off awareness month

    White River Medical Center is not only in the business of saving lives it also works hard at promoting healthy living. With October designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WRMC is kicking the month off with newsprint bags designed to make people aware of …

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  • Woman drowns in boat launch accident

    IMBODEN — Lawrence County investigators were on the scene at the Spring River boat launch in Imboden Friday afternoon to investigate a fatal accident, said Sheriff Jody Dotson. “An elderly couple were backing their vehicle with boat attached into the water,” Dotson said. “When the …

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