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Saturday, June 6, 2020

“Peaceful Protest” event planned for Saturday at Riverside Park

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While the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has provoked protests across the nation and world, many communities are also seeing a large number of demonstrations being held that are free of the violence and looting other cities have experienced during the past week....

Sales tax-related cutbacks affect women’s unit at Independence County Jail

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When it became necessary for each county department to cut expenses with the coronavirus-related downturn in sales tax collections, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said one area where he could cut back was by furloughing the number of employees needed to house female prisoners. Currently,...

“Extremely intoxicated” woman found yelling at a convenience store, arrested

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Last Thursday, May 28, Batesville Police were called to a convenience store on the corner of White Drive and Main Street in north Batesville. Officer Sadie Magee was told a woman at the location was intoxicated to the point she was taking her clothes...

June meeting of the Independence County Quorum Court postponed

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According to the Independence County Clerk Tracey Nast Mitchell, the June County Quorum Court meeting has been postponed.  Mitchell said officials have tentatively planned to hold the June meeting along with the July meeting on July 13. Get up-to-date local and regional news along with...

ASU-Newport distributes more than $200,000 in CARES funds 

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Arkansas State University-Newport shared in a press release on Monday that the institution received CARES Act funding during the Spring 2020 semester to assist students facing a multitude of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ASU-Newport received $633,319 in CARES Act funding and agreed to...

Erratic driving brings drug charges against a Bald Knob man

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Photo from Independence County Sheriff's Department Erratic driving again leads to an illegal drug being found in an individual's vehicle. Late Sunday night, around 11:30, Independence County Chief Deputy Sheriff Aaron Moody. Observed a vehicle crossing the centerline while traveling north in front of the Batesville Regional...

Ozark Folk Center’s Bette Rae Ramsey Miller passes away

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Photo from Roller-Crouch Funeral Home A woman who spent most of her working life in Texas as a Pastor's Secretary, retired to Mountain View, and then spent the next 27 years working at the Ozark Folk Center. Bette Rae Ramsey Miller passed away Sunday at her...

Izard county man facing charges after a traffic stop on Sunday

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Photo from the Izard County Sheriff's Office A previously convicted felon in Izard County was pulled over for driving in a reckless manner Sunday in Dolph. The man was identified as Jesse Sanders, 20 (pictured). Upon being stopped, Sanders immediately jumped out of his vehicle as...

Newark man flees from deputies over the weekend

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A Newark man ran from police Sunday night and is still on the lam, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Adam McGilton met a white, racing, all-terrain vehicle on Pfeiffer Road traveling with its headlights off. McGilton turned around in an attempt to catch...

Stone County woman sentenced to four years for meth possession

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During sentencing day in Stone County Circuit Court, a Stone County woman was sent to prison on a 4-year term. The woman, identified as Hollie Lynette Engle, 40, entered a negotiated plea of guilty to only one charge -- possession of a controlled substance,...

Pursuit from Pleasant Plains to Possum Grape lands man in jail

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Two threats with a firearm, a vehicle pursuit across two counties, and a suspect barricading himself in a residence, and then, a surrender. KAIT said that’s what happened Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Independence County authorities said Buddy Hess pulled a firearm on an individual...