Woman found walking on highway charged with two drug felonies

It was Sunday afternoon when Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler saw a woman walking on the State Highway 69 white line near Lonoke Lane. In the incident report, Byler noted he observed the female who was making erratic movements with her hands and appeared to...

Chubby Menard Pancake Day set for Thursday in Batesville

One of the Batesville Kiwanis Club's big fundraising events is set for this Thursday, Oct. 17. The Chubby Menard Pancake Day sales help the club to provide services for children such as an elementary-age reading program, the Every Child a Swimmer event, Key Club scholarship...

Naked man found on Bethesda Road ultimately clothed in jail-issued attire

The report came into Independence County Deputy Sheriff Johnny Byler early Sunday morning that a man in the 1000 block of Bethesda Road was sitting next to a tree, naked and talking to himself. In the incident report, Byler said he found the unclothed individual,...

Ribbon cutting held for the completion of Maxfield Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony as held, Friday, Oct. 11, for the completion of Maxfield Park. The vision of Maxfield Park came from a local musician, Danny Dozier (pictured above, holding scissors), who has worked tirelessly in creating Maxfield Park along with others that have lended their...

Sheriff’s Department weekend round-up

Domestic violence and counterfeiting took a considerable amount of time for Independence County law enforcement over the weekend, according to a release from Sheriff Shawn Stephens. Stephens said his department investigated five domestic violence cases, with one being a felony charge. He said arrests were...

Results are in from the HeART Your Community Meeting

The results are in from the HeART Your Community Meeting. Over 200 community members gathered in early September to share their vision for the future of the community through guided conversation and art. The purpose of the meeting was to gather input and identify priorities for...

Man on run from Independence County deputies collapses from exhaustion mid-pursuit

An escape attempt by an Indiana man failed Thursday when he collapsed of exhaustion after trying to outrun Independence County law enforcement authorities on foot. During the noon hour yesterday, Aaron Moody, the chief deputy sheriff of Independence County, had just pulled over a gold,...

Dolly Parton Imagination Library coming to Stone County

A new library program is coming to Mountain View Elementary, and school patrons are invited to celebrate its upcoming launch. Children in Stone County up to the age of five will be the beneficiaries of Dolly’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting...

BBQ dinner, silent auction, and concert fundraiser to be held tomorrow for Austin Shay Davis Memorial Scholarship

A BBQ dinner, silent auction, and concert will be held tomorrow at the Southside High School Auditorium and Performance Hall to benefit the Austin Shay Davis Memorial Scholarship. The dinner and auction kick off at 5 p.m., and the concert, featuring Love Holler and...

A hidden yellow pill leads to a felony charge in Independence County Circuit Court

As an Independence County woman was being booked into the Independence County Detention Facility and escorted into a bathroom to be strip-searched, as per jail policy, authorities reported contraband was found. The subject, April Jean Montgomery, 39, was observed removing a yellow pill from her...

WRMC Prostate Cancer Screening event a success; over 300 men participate

Jeff Wyatt, a WRHS employee and one of the many volunteers during the White River Medical Center Prostate Cancer Screening, collects a sample from a participant to test his PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level. Over 300 men were screened, and 35 of those men were...