Motorcycle driver clocked going over 90 mph in Independence County, arrested Wednesday

The chase was on as a motorcycle driver was clocked at going 91 mph on Highway 14 west in Independence County Wednesday. Detective Zach Bailey was traveling in the opposite direction when the motorcycle whizzed by him. Bailey said the motorcycle turned onto Capshaw Road, went...

UPDATE: More info released on Stone County murder case

A Stone County man was arrested today and charged with murder. Nathaniel Freeman (pictured, above), 54, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Dora Freeman, on Sept. 23. The incident occurred at their residence near Onia in Stone County. (Click...

Two jailed after authorities find police blue lights, drugs, and more

A traffic stop on a vehicle that had a wanted subject inside, yielded not only that subject, but also hideaway emergency blue lights installed in the vehicle. Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said he believes the blue lights are the ones stolen from a patrol...

BREAKING: Stone County man arrested for murder

A Stone County man was arrested today and charged with murder. Nathaniel Freeman (pictured), 54, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Dora Freeman, on Sept. 23. The incident occurred at their residence near Alco in Stone County. Freeman, according...

Local Mexican restaurant to approach Southside City Council for a liquor license

Monday night, the Southside City Council met for regularly scheduled business where members were informed that progress continues to be made in paving streets and adding street signs throughout the city. Multiple bids were discussed and approved for various infrastructure projects throughout Southside including a...

2019 HealthFirst women’s health event announced

Fall is returning to Batesville, and that means it is time for the HealthFirst Women’s Health Event. For the eighth consecutive year, First Community Bank and White River Medical Center (WRMC) have partnered to offer women of the area an event focused on women’s...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department Warrant List for the week of Oct. 14

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is listing the names of 20 to 25 individuals each week who have active warrants for the public to assist in locating. The list is released alphabetically, according to the department, and it will also be posted each week...

Cases against two men filed in Independence County Circuit Court

Prosecutors have filed cases against two men in Independence County Circuit Court. In one case, Dustin Scott Clem (pictured above, left), 29, has been charged with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine. One count involved 2 grams up to 10 grams of meth, and the...

“Haunted History” of Main Street tours begin this weekend in Batesville

The L-U ARK 4H club will be hosting "Haunted History" tours of Batesville's Main Street Oct. 18, 19, 29, 30, and 31 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit L-U ARK 4H activities and Main Street Batesville. According to a press release, attendees will "...come walk...

Independence County Quorum Court: No news on suit against city of Batesville, ordinance passed to support district court

Article by Madeline Pyle Despite the court’s September motion to discuss litigation at the October meeting, there was no discussion on pursuing the debts owed by the city of Batesville at last night's meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court. However, the court did pass an...

Newark man arrested on drug charges

A Newark, Ark., man, known by authorities to not have an Arkansas driver's license, was pulled over by Independence County Sheriff's Deputies after being observed driving through Batesville on Friday, Oct. 10. In the incident report, Independence County Sheriff's Deputies Johnny Byler and Logan Weller...