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Monday, September 28, 2020

Local poultry operations rank third and fourth in the state based on the number of employees

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Two poultry operations in Batesville are part of companies that rank third and fourth in the state based on the number of employees.  The ranking, featured in the Sept. 21-27 issue of Arkansas Business, George's Inc., and Peco Foods Inc. ranked in the top five...

Sulphur Rock man jailed after attempted early morning break-ins

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Authorities from the Independence County Sheriff's Department received a report Sunday of a man trying to break into residences in the early morning hours at Sulphur Rock. The man, identified in the incident report as Clint Edward Speakman, 34, of Sulphur Rock, was found at...

Two area schools make great strides during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Cedar Ridge was one of 106 school districts so far this school year that had to make adjustments in its operation due to the COVID-19 testing when five staff members and eight students tested positive for the virus just over two weeks ago.  Cedar Ridge...

AP: Arkansas reports 16 more virus deaths, 35 more in hospital

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is reporting 16 more deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, and 35 more people hospitalized as the number of new cases continues to rise. The Department of Health on Monday reported that the number of deaths...

BSD’s Renihan receives Citizens Bank ‘Above & Beyond’ award

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Megan Renihan (pictured above, right, with Ashley Engles, left, of Citizens Bank), communications coordinator for the Batesville School District (BSD), was named Monday as the September recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Batesville School District. Renihan received the honor...

Two Batesville men each facing 35 counts over explicit material involving children

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Two separate cases regarding the downloading of explicit material involving children were filed in Independence County Circuit Court this week. Court records say one Arkansas State Police investigation was initiated in March 2020 after authorities received a Cyber Tipline Report that Google had forwarded to...

Flu shots now available at Independence and Jackson County Health Units

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Beginning today, county health units throughout the state will be providing flu vaccines in preparation for the 2020-2021 flu season, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The ADH says it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, because the flu virus...

Ash Flat woman dies in one-vehicle accident east of Salem

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An 82-year-old Ash Flat woman was killed Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 62, three miles east of Salem in Fulton County. According to the Arkansas State Police preliminary fatality report, the victim, Shirley Bonewits, was a passenger in a 1999 Lincoln driven...

State Police: Two children killed along U.S. Hwy. 67 in Jackson County, another child dies in Saline County

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Two apparently unrelated incidents over a five-hour period Tuesday claimed the lives of three children along two U.S. highways in Jackson and Saline counties, according to a release from the Arkansas State Police. Both are being investigated by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police...

‘Back the Blue’ event coming to Riverside Park Sept. 29

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A night to honor the law enforcement officials and officers of Independence County is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Batesville’s Riverside Park Pavilion. The group, “Back the Blue of Independence County,” will hold the event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and it will...

Authorities charge Sulphur Rock man for attacking doctor

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Officers from the Batesville Police Department were dispatched to the White River Medical Center's Stepping Stone facility on Wednesday in reference to a patient attacking a doctor, according to court information from the Independence County Circuit Court. BPD officer Ryan Pierce arrived and came into...