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Batesville man charged as habitual offender after incident at Home Depot

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From the Batesville Police Department (BPD) comes information that a Batesville man was charged Monday, Aug. 27, in Independence County Circuit Court with two counts of felony battery in the second degree. The man was also charged with misdemeanor first-degree criminal mischief and resisting...

WRHS CEO to retire Dec. 31, successor named

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White River Health System’s (WRHS) board of directors and CEO Gary Bebow have announced Bebow's retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2018, according to a press release. Bebow has served as the system’s CEO since January 1991, completing almost 28 years of leadership. Gary Bebow with WRHS...

Park director updates Batesville City Council on Community Center and Aquatics Park

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The Batesville Community Center and Aquatics Park is heavily used and is in the black so far this year, the Batesville City Council was told at Monday's council meeting. Jeff Owens, park director, gave an update on the center’s finances and usage for the period...

Convenience store manager accused of taking money from employer

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A Southside woman has been accused in Independence County Circuit Court of taking over $15,000 from her employer over a four-month period. The court records noted the owner of the Exxon Tiger Mart, Rahul Kumar, said he conducted an inventory for the store because he...

Izard County chief deputy warns of scams via phone and internet

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Izard County Sheriff's chief deputy, Ernie Blackley, says the sheriff’s department has been receiving numerous reports of scams over the phone and internet, including Facebook. Blackley said some of the numbers used to call residents appear to be local numbers, but they are actually calling...

Newark woman taken to jail for felony possession of a firearm

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A Newark woman was placed in jail early Friday morning, Aug. 24, after she told police that she had fired a 22-cal. rifle to scare some men away from her residence. The woman, 49-year-old Sharon Shearer, said when she heard the noises outside the house,...

‘Wild History’ theme for Home School Day at Old Independence Regional Museum

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Old Independence Regional Museum will host its fall Home School Day on Monday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with sign-in beginning at 8:45 a.m. Registration and program fee are due by September 28, 2018. Early registration fee is only $5.00 before...

Warrant issued for Sulphur Rock woman after iPhone theft

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A Sulphur Rock woman has been charged in Independence Circuit Court with felony theft of property, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. The court information says this past Tuesday, Aug. 21, Chelsea Johnson was working the service desk at Walmart around 8:20...

Mountain View High School student charged after threatening to slit another student’s throat and ‘drink his blood’

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A Mountain View High School male student has been charged in Stone County Circuit Court with felony terroristic threatening in the first degree. The court information says the student, 18-year-old Kristian Horton, on Monday, Aug. 20, made a statement to another student that he was...

Sanitation worker killed while emptying dumpster

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An accident mid-morning yesterday, Aug. 22, resulted in the death of a sanitation worker in Izard County. Earnie Blackley, chief deputy with the Izard County Sheriff's Department, said just after 10 a.m. emergency personnel were called to the Calico Rock Elementary School to an accident...

Batesville police arrest owner of several dogs for animal cruelty, public intox, and more

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A Batesville man was arrested last Saturday night, Aug. 18, at the Quail Valley Estate apartments. Police had been summoned due to the owner of several dogs becoming aggressive, loud, and using abusive language. As officers tried to understand the situation, officer Nathaniel Simmons said...