• Let’s buy the kids a Ferrari

    A while back I read a story making news all over the state about the unfortunate 9-year-old who was robbed of his iPhone at the school bus stop, by someone who threatened him with a box cutter if he didn’t hand it over. How scary …

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  • Chamber sets ribbon cutting

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting/grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vintage Vine, located at 377 E. Main St.

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  • Community dinner shared

    Sunday was the first ever Thanksgiving Hope community dinner at Batesville First Assembly of God Church which invited the community to come hungry and leave filled. The church served more than 200 people and handed out 83 take-home Thanksgiving dinner boxes. Tables were decorated with …

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  • Thanksgiving meals offered

    All of the following free dinners will be held on Thanksgiving Day, with the exception of the one at Jubilee, which will be on Sunday:   First Baptist Church A community Thanksgiving dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist …

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  • Civil War vet, pals used to gather at ‘rooster’ room

    At the turn of the century, Civil War veteran Col. Virgil Y. Cook had become the wealthiest man in Independence County. When his friends would visit, they would gather in front of the fireplace and swap stories about seeing faces or animal shapes in the …

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  • Woman offers to share candy bar with cop

    When Independence County Deputy James Woods found 41-year-old Ashley Duvall of Tuckerman asleep in the driver’s seat of her car parked in front of Watson Creek Veterinary Clinic on White Drive Monday afternoon, she told him she was taking her sick dog to the vet. …

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  • Drug raid results in 3 arrests

    HEBER SPRINGS — Three people have been charged with drug-related offenses in Cleburne County following a Nov. 15 raid on a residence at 1152 Chandelle Drive in Heber Springs, said Sheriff Marty Moss. Narcotics and criminal investigators with the sheriff’s office, agents with the 16th …

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  • Accused batterer taken back to jail for hitting wife

    MELBOURNE — Waylon Wendell Withrow’s freedom was short-lived last week. Within hours after he was released from jail for third-degree domestic battery, he was right back in the clink. Withrow, 31, of Main Street, Calico Rock was arrested Thursday, about six hours after being released …

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  • Drug policy amended to include synthetic marijuana

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board voted unanimously Nov. 18 to amend the district drug policy to include testing for K2-Spice (also known as synthetic marijuana) as part of the district’s random drug screening, said Superintendent Steven Green. “All the procedures, results and …

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  • 1 killed in crash on icy bridge

    HORSESHOE BEND (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Franklin woman was killed Monday morning in a head-on collision on a bridge over the Strawberry River near Horseshoe Bend in Izard County. A report on the crash says 58-year-old Janet Standridge died when she lost …

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  • Man jailed for plotting to murder ex-employee

    JONESBORO (AP) — Authorities have arrested a northeast Arkansas man on suspicion of criminal conspiracy to commit capital murder after the man allegedly “pocket dialed” the would-be victim as he described the plot. But an attorney for Larry Barnett argues that the alleged victim had …

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  • County won’t pick up trash

    All Independence County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday and no trash or recycling will be picked up on those days, according to a news release. Residents are asked to hold their trash and recycling for an extra week and …

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