• Polar Plunge – Event raises $7K

    With temperatures in the mid-60s it felt more like summer than winter at the 13th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday. Approximately 170 people gathered at the White River sandbar to cheer on 40 plungers who made up 13 teams. The event is a fundraiser for …

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  • Economic commission discusses projects

    It’s a no-go for an airplane parts manufacturer and restaurant. The news was announced Thursday by Larry Jones, Independence County Economic Development director, in a meeting of the Independence County Economic Development Commission. Jones has said he has been working, trying to bring the new …

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  • Woman arrested for bogus call; said people were tied up in shed

    Calling to say people were tied up in a shed led to the arrest of an Oil Trough woman. Officer Anthony Carter said he was told Wednesday night by dispatch that a woman named Patricia Hubbard had called to say there were several people in …

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  • Magness man charged for DWI a 3rd time

    For Jerry Chinn of Magness, the third time was not a charm on Tuesday night. The 62-year-old now faces his third DWI offense, drug possession and careless driving, among other charges after he was found in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that had veered …

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  • Absconder taken into custody

    Five felonies and a couple of misdemeanors may be given to a Jackson County man after it was learned he was an absconder. Officer Jordan Akins said he pulled behind a white GMC Yukon Saturday night and noticed it make a significant amount of distance …

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  • Traffic violations lead to drug possession arrest

    Driving slow and crossing the center line resulted in two Paragould residents cited on drug charges, and one was also taken to jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Bobby Woods said he was on patrol last week when he got behind a 2003 Ford Focus and …

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  • Optimist Club holds fundraiser

    The Batesville Optimist Club will hold its annual Chili Lunch Fundraiser Tuesday. The dinner consists of a 12-ounce bowl of chili, crackers, dessert and drink for $6. The meals ordered will be delivered to businesses at the requested lunch time. To place orders, call Chris …

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  • Rotary club to host trap tournament

    A trap tournament will be held April 12 at Independence County Shooting Sports Complex, located at 3600 N. St. Louis St. in Batesville. Registration and breakfast will be at 9 a.m. Competition begins at 10. The team sponsorship package includes one team of five shooters …

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  • Filing deadline nears for candidates

    A race for justice of peace has formed in Independence County, according to information from the clerk’s office this morning. Republican candidate Tammy Pearce has filed for the District 6 seat on the Independence County Quorum Court. She will vie for the seat against Jerry …

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  • Significant icing possible in northern Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for counties in northern Arkansas for Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Forecasters say the winter storm will bring “significant winter precipitation” to the northern one-third of Arkansas. The weather service expects …

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  • 183 animals taken from alleged puppy mill

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Jefferson County authorities say 183 animals — including 121 dogs — have been taken from an alleged puppy mill. The sheriff’s office said in a news release that officers serving a search warrant Thursday found the animals in what they called …

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  • Former state treasurer pleads not guilty Thursday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday to mail fraud charges alleging that she misspent campaign funds — counts that won’t be part of her upcoming bribery and extortion trial. Shoffner, a Democrat, didn’t speak during her arraignment in …

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