Independence County, AR

Gary B. looks at Tuesday’s primary election results

The Primary Elections are now complete, and political parties have selected their candidates for the November General Election. In some cases, if there were no opposing party candidate or Independent candidate, their particular race would be over, and they would be elected. An example would be the race for Independence...
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Rutledge beats out crowded field for lieutenant governor nomination

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Attorney General Leslie Rutledge topped a crowded field of contenders to win the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Rutledge, who is originally from Independence County, is projected to defeat Doyle Webb, Sen. Jason Rapert, Greg Bledsoe, Chris Bequette, and Judge Joseph Wood. With 68 percent...
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Pursuit ends at Magness curve with truck in flames

Authorities report a Mountain View man ended up in the Independence County Jail early Saturday morning after fleeing from Deputy Nick Ade in the Sulphur Rock area. According to the incident report, after Ade saw that the vehicle Joshua James Langston (pictured), 37, was driving had expired tags, the deputy tried to pull him over, but Langston fled in his vehicle, reaching speeds near 80 mph as it headed east on Harrison Street/State Highway 69.

Independence County Fair begins next week

The 101st annual Independence County Fair begins next week at the fairgrounds in Batesville. Entertainment this year includes T.G. Sheppard, the country artist who has scored 14 #1 country hits throughout his career, on Friday night, and on Saturday, the fair welcomes Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers to the stage.

Bryan Anderson for Independence County Judge

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S PRIMARY. Before you head to the polls, I’d like to remind you of just a few things. I have worked my entire career at ARDOT keeping Independence County highways safe. I know what it means to work hard! Being your next County Judge would allow me to put my experience with multi-million dollar budgets, supervision, and grant administration to work for our county again. My experience gives me a “leg up” when it comes to running this county when comparing the other candidates in the race.

Stacy Millikin for Justice of the Peace, District 1

I am a wife, mother, and small business owner in the community of Southside. I have been married for 15 years to Jace Millikin, a Southside Alumni. We are blessed with sons Cal (11), Cam (8), and daughter Scout (2). I am a graduate of Batesville High School. I then...

Ethan J. Barnes for State Senate, District 22

ETHAN J. BARNES THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND VOTE THIS ELECTION DAY TUESDAY IN ARKANSAS SENATE DISTRICT 22 RACE. BATESVILLE, AR—Ethan J. Barnes, a Republican, is running for the Arkansas Senate. Barnes, a life-long resident of District 22, will seek office in the newly redrawn Senate District 22, which includes all of Independence County, Sharp County, and portions of Fulton, Izard, Lawrence, and Cleburne counties. Barnes released the following statement:

‘Bark in the Park’ planned for Saturday at Riverside Park

Dogs of all breeds and sizes will be at Batesville’s Riverside Park Saturday for another edition of “Bark in the Park,” an annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Independence County (HSIC). The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. A variety of fun canine activities...

Kevin Jeffery for Independence County Judge

Since January, I have worked full time at FutureFuel as the biodiesel technologist and campaigned full time for the office of Independence County Judge. I have had the pleasure of visiting every community in our great county, and I have enjoyed the best folks our America has to offer. If I haven’t visited with you personally, I hope to get the opportunity to do so in the future.

Low turnout reported in early voting for Independence, Stone Counties

Based on early voter turnout in Independence and Stone Counties, interest in the upcoming primary election has, so far, been low. Through Monday, the Stone County Clerk’s office had recorded 643 early votes while Independence County had 1,362 early votes. Independence County Clerk Tracey Mitchell said Tuesday that Independence...