• BREAKING NEWS – 7 arrested in sting operation

    Seven people went to jail Thursday after simultaneous searches were conducted on Boswell Street and the Triangle Trailer Park. According to 16th Judicial Administrator Dale Weaver, his agency along with agents with United States Homeland Security and Arkansas State Police conducted the investigation at the …

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  • Unique historical artifact found in old Poke Creek settlement

    Charles Jones of Desha was using his metal detector on an Old Batesville Towne lot on West Main St., commonly known as “lower Main,” a few weeks ago when he struck what he feels is a historical gold mine. Only it’s not gold — it’s …

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  • Bond set at $10K for Newport man

    NEWPORT — Bond for a Newport man has been set at $10,000 after Jackson County authorities uncovered an illegal weapons operation earlier this month at 2700 Mimosa Drive, Newport, according to Sheriff David Lucas. On Jan. 14, officers seized and discovered 81 firearms, more than …

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  • ICED commission continues funding talks

    The Independence County Economic Development Commission is still working towards bringing new business to the area despite the loss of a quarter-cent economic development tax in December, and in a meeting on Thursday, commissioners met and discussed new ideas for funding. Independence County Economic Development …

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  • ‘School nurse’ arrested

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A woman accused of working as a nurse at an elementary school in Searcy while not holding a nursing license made a first appearance in federal court on Thursday after more than a year of eluding authorities. Susan Elaine Boyce, 59, …

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  • Pursuit ends with truck on fire

    Independence County police have no leads following a high-speed pursuit that ended with a stolen truck on fire in the woods on Hutchinson Mountain and the occupants nowhere to be found Wednesday afternoon. Officers received a call shortly before 4 p.m. from Johnny Moser of …

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  • Burn ban still on

    Independence County is still under a burn ban, according to Batesville firefighter Mark McCollum. No outside burning is allowed. The fine for violating the burn ban is $1,140 and will be strictly enforced, McCollum said. “We would prefer you not use a charcoal grill at …

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  • Sharp County man faces felony charge

    David Scarbrough of 15 Annette Drive in Cherokee Village faces a felony forgery charge after he cashed a check at a local business. On Jan. 8, Bobby Dugger, owner of Dugger’s Grocery in Batesville filed a report claiming Scarbrough cashed a $350 check on the …

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  • Retirement party planned

    A surprise retirement party will be held for Barbara Fitzpatrick, owner of Heuer’s Family Shoes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Citizens Bank Annex at 285 E. College St. Refreshments and h’orderves will be served. The event is open to the public.

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  • Man pleads guilty to killing pregnant woman

    SEARCY (AP) — A Searcy man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman and her unborn child and was sentenced to prison. A judge sentenced 29-year-old Benjamin M. Peirce to serve 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. White County prosecutors downgraded two counts …

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  • Main Street consultant to speak

    Main Street Batesville has hired a consultant to visit downtown and offer suggestions for revitalizing and advancing the area and on Wednesday he will speak at a meeting that the public is encouraged to attend, MSB Executive Director Joel Williams said. Consultant Dan Burden will …

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  • Stone County to get CW markers

    LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for two Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Stone County. One historical marker will be located at the Stone County Courthouse in Mountain View and will commemorate Stone County in the Civil War. The …

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