Melbourne, AR


Stone County Sheriff’s Department investigating homicide

Stone County officials say a woman is dead and a man is in custody after authorities responded to a report of an individual being shot around 5 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Jensen Road. According to a release from Stone County Sheriff Brandon Long, officers arrived on the...
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3 boil water orders issued

Three boil water orders have been issued for Stone, Newton and Searcy Counties. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, a boil order was issued for Stone and Searcy Counties on Jan. 28 due to a power outage. The order affects the West Stone County Water Association and customers along Highway 263 between Mozart and Shirley and along Highway 9 to Turkey Creek.

Fulton Co. man charged with aggravated assault of girlfriend

A Fulton County man has been charged with assault after a physical altercation with his girlfriend. According to the probable cause affidavit, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence for a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival the victim told officers she took her boyfriend, identified as 35-year-old...

Treacherous travel on ice-covered roads

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - An overnight ice storm caused traffic troubles for thousands of motorists Tuesday across Region 8. According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, virtually every road and highway in the northern half of the state, from Bentonville to Blytheville, was covered with ice. Before the sun rose...

Fish consumption advisory issued for Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (Arkansas Game & Fish Commission) – According to the Arkansas Department of Health, anglers pursuing walleye on Bull Shoals Lake in Marion, Baxter and Boone counties, and Norfork Lake in Baxter and Fulton counties may want to pay attention to the amount of fish they consume from these lakes. Last week, the ADH issued a fish consumption advisory for large walleye in these two north Arkansas reservoirs.

Wintry mix to continue through early part of week

The winter precipitation is expected to continue throughout the early part of the week. Baxter, Marion, Fulton, Searcy, Boone and Newton counties in north central Arkansas will remain under a winter storm warning until 9 Monday evening, and a winter weather advisory will follow through 9 Wednesday morning. Southern Missouri is under a winter storm warning until midnight, and Izard and Stone counties in north central Arkansas are currently under a winter weather advisory until 9 Wednesday morning.

NAEC, Entergy report additional outages late Sunday morning

Two energy companies serving area residents are reporting additional power outages late Sunday morning. As of 11:50, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative was reporting one outage in Baxter County, eight in Fulton County and one in Izard County. For Entergy Arkansas, there are three outages in Marion County, one each in Izard and Searcy counties, 52 in Stone County and 88 in Boone County.

Lyon College announces inclement weather closing on Tuesday, Jan. 31

The Lyon College campus will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 31, because of inclement weather. All classes (including evening classes) will be canceled and offices will be closed. Lyon College dining services will be open for brunch from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:45-6:30 p.m. Students, faculty and...

Power for area residents gets nearer to complete restoration

Power for area residents has drawn nearer to complete restoration. Just after 5 Saturday evening, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative had a total of 35 outages. This includes one in Baxter County, 10 in Fulton County, 18 in Izard County and five in Stone County. For Entergy Arkansas, there is still...
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Izard County Sheriff’s Office continues counterfeit bill investigation

IZARD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - The Izard County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate multiple counterfeit bills that keep appearing throughout the county. Investigators finally received some answers and two charges have been filed. According to a social media post, on Jan. 20, a felony warrant was filed against Mason...

Freiert hired as Community President for FNBC – Batesville

FNBC has announced a new community president for its Batesville office. The Ash Flat-based community bank announced the hiring of Jeffrey Freiert (pictured) late last week. According to a release from FNBC, Freiert brings almost two decades of banking experience in the regional market. Freiert comes to FNBC after serving as city president at Citizens Bank in Batesville.

Lyon College Music presents Chess in concert starting February 9

Lyon College Music is proud to present Chess, in concert, in Sloan Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Building. Mark your calendars as showings will be held on February 9 through February 11, starting at 7:30 p.m., and February 12, starting at 2 p.m. Lyon students, faculty and staff will be admitted...

Chamber gala draws sold-out crowd to honor businesses post-pandemic

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s (BACC) Annual Meeting and Gala was held on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Batesville Community Center. The “Night at the Oscars”-themed event attracted 500 guests and awarded outstanding businesses and individuals for the first time post-pandemic, according to a news release from BACC.

Out-of-state crews assist with power outages

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Work to restore power continues three nights after a winter storm rolled through the Ozarks. Thousands of homes in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas are still sitting in the dark on Friday.  “We’re standing at 4,100 that are out of power,” said CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Mel Coleman. “About 2,000 […]