Sharp, Fulton, Izard counties working together on economic development

January 15, 2018 ASH FLAT — When it comes to economic development, the more the merrier. Sharp, Izard and Fulton County judges have made the move forward to establish a Tri-County Economic Development Commission. “It’s in the development stages; we’ve not got it completed yet,” Sharp County Judge Gene Moore said. “We’re trying to get it going.” The group last met on Dec. 19 to … Continue reading Sharp, Fulton, Izard counties working together on economic development

Millennials are key to downtown, city’s future

January 8, 2018 Downtowns in large cities are seeing a revitalization thanks to millennials — those people born from 1981-2000. But what about those in small towns like Batesville? Well, they’re getting some of that action too, according to Main Street Batesville Executive Director Shannon Haney. She said that at the turn of the century, research was devoted to what millennials wanted. “One thing from … Continue reading Millennials are key to downtown, city’s future

Putting Batesville on the map — again Mark Martin seeks to keep achieving dream beyond racing

December 29, 2017 Organizing a large event can be difficult, and sometimes even a whole year isn’t enough to get things right. Mark Martin did it in four months, however, with the Race for Hope 74. Martin, who needs no introduction as Batesville’s own NASCAR legend nowadays, spoke to the Batesville Kiwanis Club Dec. 1 about the Race for Hope 74 and his foundation, which … Continue reading Putting Batesville on the map — again Mark Martin seeks to keep achieving dream beyond racing

Santa trades reindeer for ambulance – Service to deliver gifts to children

December 22, 2017 ASH FLAT — While it won’t quite be Christmas, Santa will be visiting a few select children today. He won’t be riding a sleigh being pulled by eight reindeer, though. Instead, he’ll be in an ambulance, but not as a patient. Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service will be delivering presents to 15 children in Sharp County. The present delivery is the brainchild … Continue reading Santa trades reindeer for ambulance – Service to deliver gifts to children

Sheriff turns down request to move funds – County seeking to cover $260,000 shortfall in 2018

December 4, 2017 The Independence County Quorum Court will likely be voting on the county’s budget for 2018 at its next meeting. What remains to be seen, though, is if a solution can be reached to compensate for a large gap in the budget. One proposed method of covering that gap relied on the sheriff’s department. …. “As a summary of our budget for 2018, … Continue reading Sheriff turns down request to move funds – County seeking to cover $260,000 shortfall in 2018

Sharp Co. QC approves budget changes – Sheriff’s department employees to get $1,200 raise

ASH FLAT — Sharp County Quorum Court pushed back a vote on the county’s 2018 budget to December. This follows changes that were made that would give raises to all the employees of the sheriff’s department. There were two changes made to the budget, which the quorum was expected to vote on Monday. The first change was to hire a new employee at the county … Continue reading Sharp Co. QC approves budget changes – Sheriff’s department employees to get $1,200 raise

Drone forces wildfire detection flight to reroute

December 1, 2017 Forestry officials diverted a surveillance plane from its assigned path because a drone hovered above a Sharp County wildfire, prompting them to caution people that airborne efforts to take unique photographs endanger pilots and those working below. “Dispatch got a call of a woods fire on the Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Management Area Tuesday morning,” Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said. … Continue reading Drone forces wildfire detection flight to reroute

Local government is where the action is

November 30, 2017 It’s budget time for city and county governments. It’s probably the busiest time of year for local lawmakers, who not only have their regular meetings but also a workshop or two to discuss the budget and get it lined up so they can vote on it at the following regular meeting. It’s a big thing. All the elected officials from the justices … Continue reading Local government is where the action is

Batesville’s oldest home to be open for Sunday’s tour

Throughout its history, the Garrott House in Batesville has been a lot of things. It’s been, of course, a home, but it’s also been apartments, an antique store, a florist and a Mexican restaurant before becoming a home once again. The current owners, Terrell and Diane Tebbetts, intend to keep it a home this time. The Tebbettses have been living in the house at 561 … Continue reading Batesville’s oldest home to be open for Sunday’s tour