Southside City Council approves compensation for mayor, others

The Southside City Council met Monday night and voted to begin compensation for Mayor Ray Bowman, Treasurer Byron Sutherland, and Recorder John Casey. This is the first time the persons filling these positions will receive compensation since the formation of the city and the council. The mayor will receive $15,000 annually while the treasurer and […]

Nova Joe’s announces expansion, new concept stores in Searcy and Batesville

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the dirt work occurring at the old Tommy’s Kingburger location on Harrison Street in Batesville, you’ll know the building that housed the now long-gone burger and fries hangout was demolished in early January (see images below). Now comes official word as to what business is heading to the […]

Independence County District Court sues County Judge in hiring dispute

The Independence County District Court is suing County Judge Robert Griffin in circuit court for denying the hiring of a district court deputy clerk. (Click here for more information on this story.) After approval of the budget of the Independence County District Court by the county’s budget committee and the full quorum court, County Attorney […]

Oxford man faces additional charges involving indecency with a child

An Oxford, Ark. was taken into custody April 7 on additional charges of alleged sex crimes involving minors. In a press release, Izard County’s Chief Deputy Sheriff Charley Melton says Brandon Gilbert, 40, who was previously accused of soliciting sex from minors, is now facing two counts of internet stalking of a child — a […]

COVID-19 vaccination clinics planned this week for Independence, Jackson counties

Community COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned this week for the Independence County Health Unit and the Jackson County Health Unit, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The Independence County clinic is planned for Wednesday, April 14, at the Independence County Health Unit, located at 120 Weaver Ave. in Batesville while the Jackson County […]

Jonesboro man killed, two injured after head-on collision in Cave City

One person was killed and two others injured in a two-car, head-on collision on North Main Street in Cave City Friday afternoon. The investigating officer, Sgt. Trent Milligan of the Cave City Police Department, said the victim, Brian Day, 67, of Jonesboro, was the driver of a Mitsubishi Endeavor traveling north on Main Street. Milligan […]

Court info: Suspect in Rebekah Gould case confesses to 2004 murder

Sixteen years after her brutal murder, Izard County Circuit Court information unsealed by Judge Tim Weaver revealed the suspect in the Rebekah Gould case has confessed to the killing. William Alma Miller, 44, of Cottage Grove, Ore., confessed to attacking and killing Gould while she was at a rural Izard County residence in 2004, according […]

Court info: Suspect in Rebekah Gould case confesses to 2004 murder

Sixteen years after her brutal murder, Izard County Circuit Court information unsealed by Judge Tim Weaver revealed the suspect in the Rebekah Gould case has confessed to the killing. William Alma Miller, 44, of Cottage Grove, Ore., confessed to attacking and killing Gould while she was at a rural Izard County residence in 2004, according […]

Two men charged with unlawful burning on land owned by the U.S. Wildlife Trust

After an investigation by an agent from the state’s agriculture department, two men are now facing four felony counts of unlawful burning on land belonging to The Humane Society of U.S. Wildlife Trust in north central Arkansas. The Stone County Circuit Court documents note the two men are accused of starting four fires — two […]