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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Stone County files felony drug charges against two Independence County residents

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Two Independence County residents are facing felony drug charges in Stone County Circuit Court. Court records filed Monday say a Southside woman, Krystal L. Scheffler, 47, was pulled over in Stone County on Highway 14 East, near Pleasant Grove, on April 2. The court documents say...

Outdoor classroom underway at Lyon to honor Schram’s legacy

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Lyon College is nearing completion on the Dr. Mark Schram Memorial Outdoor Classroom. The classroom is located behind Love Hall and features a wooden platform where students can gather for class. Built-in bench seating will be added on the sides. The college will later landscape...

ADH COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held in Batesville tomorrow

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A community COVID-19 vaccination clinic is planned for Wednesday, April 7, at the Independence County Health Unit in Batesville, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m. or until supplies last. Vaccinations will be...

Old Independence Regional Museum hosting Spring Family Day May 1

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Mark your calendars and celebrate Batesville’s bicentennial year with Old Independence Regional Museum at its annual Spring Family Day on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Families are invited to participate in...

Mask use to continue at Batesville Schools for remainder of semester

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The Batesville School District (BSD) said Tuesday morning it will continue to maintain the mask use protocol on all campuses through the end of the spring semester. This comes from BSD Assistant Superintendent David Campbell. Campbell is also the district's COVID-19 point of contact. Campbell...

Izard County Sheriff’s Department reports a list of recent arrests

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On Monday, Izard County Chief Deputy Sheriff Charley Melton reported several arrests since March 29. Elmer Branscum, 35, of Calico Rock, had his bond revoked in an unrelated felony case after he was arrested on April 4 for public intoxication. Branscum is scheduled to appear...

Two sentenced to prison during recent Stone County Circuit Court session

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A man and a woman, in different cases, were sentenced to prison time on April 1 in Stone County Circuit Court. Gary Duane Green (pictured right), 40, entered a negotiated plea of guilty to four charges: first-degree criminal mischief, possession of firearms by a certain person,...

Independence County Library reopening April 13

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The Independence County Library will reopen to the public on April 13 for browsing and checking out materials. The library will limit the number of people browsing to eight persons at a time. Areas of the library that encourage socializing, including the play areas of...

Postal inspector alerts authorities to pill shipment; Southside woman charged

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A Southside woman has been charged with possession of a controlled substance in Independence County Circuit Court. The affidavit of probable cause for arrest said on Sept. 30, 2020, a postal inspector alerted Independence County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Moody about a tip regarding a...

DWI suspect admits to having bag of meth in her bra, now facing two felonies

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A woman arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Southside Saturday, March 20, indicated to her arresting officer to having a bag of meth hidden in her bra, but she said the smoking pipe found in her vehicle didn't belong to her, court...

Letter from a reader…

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KARNS ADDRESSES 2ND PARDON REQUEST By Joshua Karns A few weeks ago there was an article about Gov. Hutchinson’s intent to grant a pardon for felony crimes committed by a certain Joshua Karns of Batesville. Since then, I have had several inquiries as to whether or...