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Independence County Sheriff’s Department Warrant List for the week of Dec. 30

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The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is listing the names of 20 to 25 individuals 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 on the...

Dycus files appeal of conviction in death of 4-year-old daughter

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Victoria Dycus, who was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 19 years in prison for first-degree murder in the trial of her 4-year-old daughter, Skylar Shellstrom has filed a notice of appeal of her conviction in Stone County Circuit Court. Dycus' attorney, Mark...

Cleburne County Sheriff: Watch out for possible police impersonator

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The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office has received reports in the last couple of weeks of a vehicle attempting to pull over vehicles in the Hopewell area, the office says in a statement posted on its website. Complaints say that the possible suspect vehicle is a...

Jonesboro manufacturer to add 140 employees

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Region 8 News is reporting Hytrol, the largest conveyor manufacturer in North America, is growing. Hytrol's HR Director Ed Mata said they had a record year in 2017, and they need to hire more people. Currently, Hytrol has over 1,000 employees. They are looking to fill...

Two Stone County men face drug-related charges

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In separate incidents, two Stone County men who were stopped on traffic violations were found to be in possession of an illegal drug or drug paraphernalia. Early in the morning on Dec. 23, 2019, Jeffery Allen Halloway (pictured above, left), 54, was driving a vehicle...

Cedar Ridge School Board accepts resignation of girls’ basketball head coach

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A special school board meeting was recently called to address a personnel situation in the Cedar Ridge Public School System. An executive session was not requested. After a brief discussion, Anne Moore made a motion to accept the resignation of the head coach of the...

Stone County man sentenced on marijuana-related charges

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A Stone County man has been sentenced in Stone County Circuit Court to a long-term probation period after he entered a negotiated plea of guilty in Judge Tim Weaver’s court. Joshua Kane Lee, 28, was charged with four counts of distributing a controlled substance, namely...

Two women charged with drug violations in Stone County

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Two Stone County women were recently charged in Stone County Circuit Court with felony drug violations. Lequieta Jean Houston, 53, was arrested Sept. 26 on a warrant from the Arkansas State Board of Probation and Parole. During the arrest, a search of her purse found...

Criminal trespass call leads to arrest of absconder

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A trespassing call Friday afternoon led Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler to Pfeiffer Road at the intersection of Goforth Road. There, Byler found two male subjects sleeping under a bridge near the intersection. While identifying both men, Byler said he smelled the odor of marijuana....

Wood announces candidacy for State Rep District 63

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A small business owner and farmer, Bryson Wood of Floral, has filed to be a candidate for State House of Representative in District 63.  The district includes parts of Independence County. Wood is a 10-year member of the Midland School Board and currently serves as President. “I...

Quorum Court hears request for approval of private club permit

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A request for approval of a private club permit was tabled Monday by the Independence County Quorum Court. Beverly Greenfield requested the permit on behalf of a private club to be known as Red’s Hideaway Diner at 5315 N. Central Ave. (Highway 69) north of...