Gary B.: Tomorrow is opening day to file for school board elections

The opening day to file for school board elections is tomorrow, Feb. 13, beginning at 12 p.m. A candidate can file a petition of candidacy, the political practices pledge, and the affidavit of eligibility with the county clerk. It is also the first day a write-in...

Man arrested after broken headlight stop leads officer to find meth in vehicle

A previously convicted felon was arrested Saturday, Feb. 9, in Independence County after he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, namely meth. Independence County Circuit Court documents said the arrest was made after 54-year-old Timothy L. Rhines’ vehicle was stopped because...

Suspect in Newark vehicle theft taken into custody at Newport

The suspect in a motor vehicle theft from a Newark residence on Saturday, Feb. 9, was taken into custody later that day in Newport, according to authorities. Newport Police informed Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens that Ian Matthew Fuller, 19, was in their custody, and...

LISTEN: Bereavement and grief support group to begin in Batesville

Caring Hands Hospice in Batesville is starting a bereavement and grief support group that will meet at the Independence County Library, 267 E. Main St., in Batesville on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 19. Mary Banks with...

Batesville Kiwanis holds veterans tribute and flag ceremony at Independence County Library

The Batesville Kiwanis Club hosted a veterans tribute and flag dedication in memory of longtime resident Hank Rivers, who served in the United States Air Force, on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Independence County Library in downtown Batesville. A U.S. flag and an Arkansas...

Gary B.: Light agenda for Monday’s Independence County Quorum Court meet

The Independence County Quorum Court meets Monday, Feb. 11, and faces a relatively light agenda. The usual reports will be heard including Sheriff Shawn Stephens as he presents a restructuring of the jail pay scale. Court members will also choose a member of the...

United Way concludes Tackle Hunger Food Drive

United Way of North Central Arkansas and its partners recently conducted the third annual Tackle Hunger Food Drive to help stock the pantries of local organizations providing meals and food items to individuals in the community. The food drive, which ran from Jan. 14 until...

Domestic issues prompt three felony charges in two Independence County Circuit Court cases

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has charged three people with felonies, according to recent Independence County Circuit Court filings. In the first case, Tyrone F. Walker, 44, is charged with second and third-degree domestic battery for striking a woman he knew was pregnant and fracturing...

Fowler named recipient of the Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers Scholarship at Lyon College

Lyon College junior Linda Fowler has been named the recipient of the Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers Scholarship. The scholarship benefits a full-time student pursuing a major or minor in biology, with preference given to one whose cumulative grade point average...

Batesville Schools, including pre-school, CLOSED Friday due to illness

Batesville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hester has closed all Batesville Schools, including pre-school, Friday, Feb. 8, due to illness among students and faculty. In a statement on the district's Facebook page, Hester said: "We will be disinfecting all buildings, please help us with this...

Cave City man charged with rape

A Cave City man has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with rape. The court information says throughout 2002, Matthew T. Hipp, 36, did unlawfully engage in deviate sexual activity with another person who was less than 14 years of age. The arresting agency, the...

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