BACC holds groundbreaking for Cedar Ridge Safe Room

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Cedar Ridge School District, Friday, Oct. 4. The Cedar Ridge Safe Room is a multi-purpose building that can accommodate approximately 300 people. Dr. Andy Ashley, superintendent of Cedar Ridge School District, has experienced two different tornadoes during school...

Traffic stop ends in felony charges on the driver

After being pulled over on traffic violations on Oct. 5, a Cabot, Ark., man, identified as Christopher A. Cagle (pictured), 35, was found to be driving on a suspended driver’s license. He was taken into custody, and an inventory of the vehicle was made.  Stone...

Follow-up: Inmate facing felony charge after sprinkler head vandalization

An inmate at the Independence County Detention Facility has been officially charged with a felony for damaging a sprinkler system in his jail cell. The charge is “impairing the operation of a vital public facility.” Dylan Matthew Cooper (pictured), 25, of Batesville, apparently broke the...

BJHS art students design Red Ribbon Week t-shirts

Pictured, from left: Drew Sandage, assistant superintendent at Batesville Schools; Katie Covington, BJHS art teacher; Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens; and Matt Douglas, BJHS principal. Covington's class received a check from the Arkansas Sheriff's Association to help promote Red Ribbon Week through t-shirts designed...

Stone County man lands back in jail on terroristic threatening charge

A Mountain View man, just out of jail after posting a bond on a terroristic threatening charge, is back in jail, apparently committing the same crime again, according to authorities. Gary Ankeney (pictured), 42, had been charged with terroristic threatening on Sept. 29. He had...

LISTEN: Danny Dozier talks about this weekend’s grand opening of Maxfield Park in downtown Batesville

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration for Maxfield Park will be held this weekend. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m., and the grand opening celebration will be Saturday, Oct. 12. A fundraising dinner will be served by...

Fire chief asks council to vote “no” on proposed burn ordinance, enforce state fire code instead

The Batesville City Council met Tuesday night in regular session. The agenda was filled with multiple items. The open burn ordinance appeared in old business to be read for the third and final time. However, Batesville Fire Chief Brent Gleghorn addressed the council and ask...

Another jail inmate breaks a sprinkler in his cell, causing flood

Another inmate at the Independence County Detention Facility has broken a sprinkler head in his cell and flooded the room. The incident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 6, when inmate Dylan Cooper (pictured) of Batesville apparently became upset and damaged the sprinkler head, according to authorities. The...

Stone County man charged with 12 counts involving the sale and use of illegal drugs

An undercover drug operation in Stone County has resulted in a man being charged with 12 counts involving the sale and use of illegal drugs. Within the past year, Lt. Dammon McGilton of the Stone County Sheriff’s office received information that Gary Wayne Smith, 68,...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department Warrant List for the week of Oct. 7

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is listing the names of 20 to 25 individuals each week who have active warrants for the public to assist in locating. The list is released alphabetically, according to the department, and it will also be posted each week...

Two women charged with drug violations in Stone County

Two Stone County women were recently charged in Stone County Circuit Court with felony drug violations. Lequieta Jean Houston, 53, was arrested Sept. 26 on a warrant from the Arkansas State Board of Probation and Parole. During the arrest, a search of her purse found...