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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Citizens Bank announces Adam Mitchell as new CEO

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Batesville-based Citizens Bank announced Thursday that Adam Mitchell is stepping into the role of CEO, succeeding outgoing CEO Phil Baldwin.  Baldwin’s retirement, originally planned for mid-year, has been shortened due to the successful completion of a planned transition earlier than expected. “When I announced my...

Vehicle-motorcycle accident in Izard County claims life of Heber Springs man, injures three

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A vehicle-motorcycle accident at Violet Hill in Izard County on Tuesday afternoon took the life of one person and injured three others. According to the preliminary fatality report, a Dodge driven by Phillip Gillihan, 30, of Melbourne, was traveling west on Highway 56 when Arkansas...

State Police work two fatal accidents in area

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Troopers from the Arkansas State Police were on the scene of two highway fatalities in the area over the weekend. The first occurred Friday afternoon on Zion Road in rural Izard County.  According to the state police, a vehicle, driven by Michael Moore, 57, of Evening...

Two Batesville-based banks make the top 15 in state according to assets

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In the April 5-11, 2021 print edition of Arkansas Business, two Batesville-based banks have made the list of top 15 FDIC-insured banking institutions chartered in the state according to total assets. First Community Bank of Batesville is listed as the number 7 bank in Arkansas...

Two sentenced to prison during recent Stone County Circuit Court session

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A man and a woman, in different cases, were sentenced to prison time on April 1 in Stone County Circuit Court. Gary Duane Green (pictured right), 40, entered a negotiated plea of guilty to four charges: first-degree criminal mischief, possession of firearms by a certain person,...

Independence County District Court sues county judge in hiring dispute

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The Independence County District Court is suing County Judge Robert Griffin in circuit court for denying the hiring of a district court deputy clerk. (Click here for more information on this story.) After approval of the budget of the Independence County District Court by the...

Outdoor classroom underway at Lyon to honor Schram’s legacy

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Lyon College is nearing completion on the Dr. Mark Schram Memorial Outdoor Classroom. The classroom is located behind Love Hall and features a wooden platform where students can gather for class. Built-in bench seating will be added on the sides. The college will later landscape...

Oxford man faces additional charges involving indecency with a child

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An Oxford, Ark. was taken into custody April 7 on additional charges of alleged sex crimes involving minors. In a press release, Izard County's Chief Deputy Sheriff Charley Melton says Brandon Gilbert, 40, who was previously accused of soliciting sex from minors, is now facing...

ADH COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Batesville tomorrow

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A community COVID-19 vaccination clinic is planned for Wednesday, April 7, at the Independence County Health Unit in Batesville, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m. or until supplies last. Vaccinations will be...

Izard County Sheriff’s Department reports a list of recent arrests

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On Monday, Izard County Chief Deputy Sheriff Charley Melton reported several arrests since March 29. Elmer Branscum, 35, of Calico Rock, had his bond revoked in an unrelated felony case after he was arrested on April 4 for public intoxication. Branscum is scheduled to appear...

NYITCOM to hold free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Batesville

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Pictured: Saif Fiaz, a third-year medical student at NYITCOM at Arkansas State during a recent vaccination clinic at Pocahontas NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will hold a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Batesville on Tuesday, April 13. The event will take...