Southside Wants to Break Away from Batesville, Be its Own City

NOVEMBER 10, 2005 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CST

BATESVILLE, AR - A group of residents in Southside, an unincorporated community on the south side of Batesville, want to have their own city.

Signatures from 904 residents, or about 35 percent of the 2,800 residents in the area, accompanied a petition presented yesterday at the Independence County Clerk's office.

Gary Mize, who supports the effort, said residents of the area are more interested in forming their own city than being annexed into Batesville.

If certified, the issue would be on next year's general election ballot.

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