• Bonnie Gore

    MELBOURNE — Bonnie Jewel Gore, 88, of Melbourne died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Batesville. Born Jan. 12, 1926, in St. Jo, Texas, she was the daughter of Willis and Alice Pearl Smith Winchester. She was a factory worker and a homemaker. She enjoyed oil …

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  • Blanche Myrick

    PANGBURN — Blanche Vernice Hutchins Myrick, 76, of Pangburn died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Searcy. Born March 1, 1937, in Melbourne, she was the daughter of Lester and Audie Smith Hutchins. She was united in marriage to James Earl Myrick on June 5, 1957, …

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  • Helen Crafton

    Helen Crafton, 88, of Batesville died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in a Batesville nursing home. Born Jan. 24, 1926, in Independence County, she was the daughter of Felix and Stella Dale Tate. She was a homemaker and was a member of Southside United Methodist Church. …

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  • Armilda Powell Brodie – Paid Obituary

    Armilda Powell Brodie, 100, of Batesville passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014. She was born July 18, 1913, in Melbourne and was the daughter of William Hanley Powell and Mae Price Powell. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a lifetime member …

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  • Thomas “Tom” Eugene Allen – Paid Obituary

    Thomas “Tom” Eugene Allen died peacefully at home on the morning of January 28, 2014. He was born in California in 1941. He was an only child and preceded in death by his mother, Rosella Houston Allen, and his father, Ernest Richard “Joe” Allen. He …

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  • Remembering Tom Allen, attorney at law

    Tom Allen will be remembered for a lot of things. Among them will be his love for the outdoors, how he loved to tell a good tale, his passion for the law and his dedication to God and family. Those who know Allen will tell …

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  • ICED trying to land retailer, restaurant

    Batesville could be getting a new national retailer and a new restaurant in the near future, according to Larry Jones, director of Independence County Economic Development. Jones came before the Batesville City Council Monday night and said his office is working with both a national …

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  • Fight after child custody hearing sends man to jail

    Shortly after a couple left court from a child custody hearing, one of them was taken to jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Gene Davis said he was called to Central Avenue after a caller said he was following a vehicle and watching the man hit …

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  • SHS welcomes Vital Link

    SOUTHSIDE — An ambulance on school grounds isn’t usually a welcomed sight but at Southside High School, Vital Link EMS has found a second home. Housed in the high school’s new building, it is the first substation to be located in Independence County for the …

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  • Man accused of domestic battery

    Jeron Deshawn Holliday, 34, of Batesville faces a domestic battering charge after Independence County sheriff’s officers were called by a neighbor who was sleeping on her couch and was awakened by a banging on her door. The neighbor said a woman and her crying children …

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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.

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  • Merchants and Planters names Cross new chief lending officer

    Newport — Randy Cross has been promoted to chief lending officer for Merchants and Planters Bank, according to a news release. Cross will be responsible for ensuring the institution’s overall loan portfolio is managed in accordance with state and federal regulations and that the lending …

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