Outlet store changes hands

December 13, 2005 Factory Return Outlet has a new owner, Chris Blankenship. Born and raised in Batesville, Blankenship said he is proud the store is now locally owned, keeping its location at 2330 Harrison St.

Womacks take top honor

December 13, 2005 LITTLE ROCK - Terry and Gwen Womack of Pleasant Plains were named 2005 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year on Friday at a banquet honoring Farm Families of the Year from every Arkansas county.

$50,000 bond set

December 13, 2005 Bond was set at $50,000 for a man accused of stabbing another man in the neck 12 times, according to Independence County Circuit Court records.

Escapees recaptured near Cave City in stolen van

December 12, 2005 Two 17-year-old escapees from the Alexander Youth Services Center were recaptured Friday morning in a stolen church van just south of Cave City, less than a half-day after they climbed over a fence

Truck driver reports shots fired

December 12, 2005 Three local individuals face charges of first degree assault and harassment after a Wal-Mart truck driver reported a vehicle firing shots at him this morning while driving on Highway 167 South.

Man stabbed

December 12, 2005 A Pleasant Plains man who was stabbed in the neck Friday evening is still hospitalized and in fair condition today, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Office.

Confession: Beaten, murdered for $85

December 12, 2005 CLINTON - Two men were arrested Friday and are expected to be charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the death of 49-year-old Mark Owen, who split his time living at