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Woman enters random house in Pleasant Plains, decides to try on kids’ clothes

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According to the incident report, a woman walked into a random Pleasant Plains house Friday, June 19, and apparently tried to make herself at home. The homeowner was there at the time with her young children, and asked the woman, identified as Daphne Rose, 46,...

Sheriff to review video circulating showing tense situation during early morning incident call

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UPDATE, 8:00 a.m., June 23, 2020: Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens issued this statement late Monday afternoon regarding the incident: "The deputy involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation is underway by the sheriff's office." The sheriff said...

Three die in two separate vehicle accidents Sunday night

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A two-vehicle accident on Highway 69 in Independence County around 6:40 Sunday night left two dead and two injured. In his preliminary report, Arkansas State Police Cpl. Jeremy C. Hughes said a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox going north on 69, and driven by Okoya Ward, 21,...

Listen to the full interview with Thomas E. Bryant about Suddenlink service in Batesville

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The city of Batesville recently delivered over 200 complaints to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office about the cable television and internet quality provided to residents by Suddenlink. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said residents using the services of Suddenlink have complained about internet reliability, speed, and...

Two area men jailed after high-speed chase

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Two area men ended up in jail early Thursday morning, June 18, after a high-speed chase through Sulphur Rock and onto Highway 69 towards Batesville. According to the incident report, Independence County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Ade reported he tried to pull over a Buick Ranier...

Batesville-based food delivery service launches

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Meals Now is a new delivery service located in Batesville providing your favorite meals right to your door. The vital need for a delivery service in the area has been fulfilled with Meals Now. The process is simple, go online to meals-now.com, choose a restaurant, view...

Deaths from COVID-19 in Arkansas surpass 200; cases near 14K

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Featured image: Fort Smith Mayor George McGill (left) and Gov. Asa Hutchinson at today's briefing. FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Arkansas is reporting an additional 11 deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 208. Hutchinson also said that with 322...

UACCB library director wins Community Person in Literacy award

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Libraries have always played a role in Jay Strickland’s life. The son of a high school librarian who later became the library director at a community college, Strickland has served as the library director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB)...

Retirement and new hires at BHS and Batesville Junior High in each athletic program

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The Batesville High School and Junior High will have a different look this year. It’s coming from the new hires on both the senior and junior high coaching staffs. A man who has meant a great deal to the success of the senior high program,...

Citizens Bank announces recent promotions

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Citizens Bank announced the promotions of Rhonda McKay, Angie Hooker, and Leah Massey in its loan operations group, and Lisa Davis in its compliance department. “The unique demands of 2020 have presented unprecedented opportunities for Citizens Bank, and allowed our team members to demonstrate their...

Southside Public Water Authority meets, takes action on moving forward with sewer expansion

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The Southside Public Water Authority (SPWA) met Tuesday night, June 9, for a regular monthly board meeting. Among the agenda items, standard monthly financial and system total reports were reviewed and approved for the months of March, April, and May, according to a press...