Southside area hit with power outage

UPDATE: Looks like the lights just came back on in Southside. Reports are coming in that parts of Southside are currently without power. One reader has reported a semi-truck clipped some power lines on Heber Springs Road. We currently have no reports of injuries due...

Two Stone County residents charged in connection with “severe bruising” of 4-year-old

Two Stone County residents have been charged after a father noticed severe bruising on his 4-year-old son. Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds noted in a Dec. 12 press release that deputies met with a complainant who said he noticed the bruising on his son after he...

Batesville Schools hold town-hall on Central repurposing, other future plans

Batesville School District (BSD) officials presented part of their proposed strategic plan to a capacity crowd at the Batesville Community Center last night. BSD superintendent Dr. Michael Hester, along with deputy superintendents Gary Anderson and Jennifer Douglas, led the town hall-style meet to specifically...

Sulphur Rock kindergarten celebrates Christmas with craft fun

Sulphur Rock kindergarteners (from left) Ellery O'Neill, Trey Rhoades, Addie Jo Simpson, and Lynleigh Neal add birdseed to peanut butter on their Christmas birdfeeder during craft day on Monday morning. All kindergarteners made several Christmas and winter items during the event. Pic submitted

Arkansas Business puts spotlight on Batesville Police Department

Arkansas Business, the statewide weekly business journal, has posted an article spotlighting the Batesville Police Department and its community outreach programs. Read all about it by clicking here. Image via ArkansasBusiness.com

Independence County Quorum Court meets, determines 2018 budget

The Independence County Quorum Court approved an ordinance Monday establishing the annual operating budget for 2018. The budget ordinance also authorizes salaries and wages for county officials and employees. The total County General Budget for 2018 is $7.07 million, down from this year's budget of...

Central Magnet teachers hold door decorating contest

Central Magnet Elementary teachers recently held a Christmas door decorating contest at the Batesville School. State representative James Sturch and Miss Independence County, Sharissa Herekamp, were the celebrity judges and chose as first place second-grade teacher Jessica Mead's decoration featuring the Grinch in a...

Pleasant Plains woman charged with taking truck after tiring from walk

A Pleasant Plains woman has been charged in Independence County Circuit court for theft of property, a class D felony. On Oct. 16, court records show deputies were dispatched to a report of a stolen 2007 white Chevrolet Colorado truck that was last seen...

Independence County under Red Flag Warning

The National Weather Service in Little Rock has put Independence County under a Red Flag Warning. A Red Flag Warning means conditions are ripe for possible wildfires. Click here for all the info.

Suspect arrested in murder of former Stone County resident

A Jacksonville, Ark., man who police allege killed a former Mountain View resident has been arrested and charged by the Sherwood Police Department in connection with that July murder. Sherwood Police Chief James Bedwell, reports Antonio Dewayne Briggs, 36, is the suspect in the capital...

Brushy Road man in jail after high-speed chase, facing multiple charges including drug possession

Two Independence County deputies apprehended a man just before midnight Thursday after a high-speed chase. Deputies Justin Kirk and, later, John Morrow chased Patrick Franklin Riley, 38, of Brushy Road, at speeds in excess of 75 m.p.h. in some sections of the county after...