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

Lyon professor: GMOs continue ancient trend

November 27, 2017 When people have a question about their car, they ask a mechanic. When they have questions about their health, they ask a doctor. So, when it comes to science, it seems logical that people would ask a scientist. Not so fast. When it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that train of questioning often goes off the rails. “Even if scientists talk … Continue reading Lyon professor: GMOs continue ancient trend

Speechless no more: After more than a year, Sharp Co. sheriff gets voice back

November 15, 2017 ASH FLAT — One year and 18 days. That was the length of time that Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts found himself unable to speak no louder than a raspy whisper. Thankfully, Counts is once again able to do the simplest things, like talk on a telephone, address the quorum court and even sing along with the radio, if he so chooses. … Continue reading Speechless no more: After more than a year, Sharp Co. sheriff gets voice back

Ex-convict promotes prison education program

November 15, 2017 More than 17,000 people are incarcerated in Arkansas for various reasons. Of them, 15,300 will return to society and about half of those are expected to return to prison. When it comes to incarceration, though, it’s not just the inmates who are affected. Caught up in this are nearly 50,000 children who will have a parent who is one of those 17,000 … Continue reading Ex-convict promotes prison education program

Tourism key to Batesville’s future

November 15, 2017 Tourism is one of the top industries in The Natural State and Batesville is hoping to be a part of that larger picture, not only putting the city on the map as a destination but to also use it to provide a consistent revenue flow into the city and the county. “People travel to Batesville for a wide variety of reasons,” Batesville … Continue reading Tourism key to Batesville’s future

Nuclear winter for news organizations

November 8, 2017 It’s not easy being a journalist. Sure, you may not be as physically taxed as a surveyor who spends his day walking a variety of rough terrain (I’ve done that), as monotonous as working on a production line in a factory (I’ve done that, too) or potentially hazardous as working the graveyard shift at a minimart (done it as well), but journalism … Continue reading Nuclear winter for news organizations