• Thieves stealing downtown plants

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — Businesses in downtown Blytheville are asking for help in catching thieves who has been stealing plants that are part of a beautification effort. Officials say the thefts have been taking place for several months. Among the victims are a salon, a bank …

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  • House speaker named bank’s regional president

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter has been named regional president of Centennial Bank. The bank announced Tuesday the Republican lawmaker from Cabot would oversee the acquisition of Liberty Bank by Centennial’s parent company, Home BancShares Inc. Officials with Home BancShares last …

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  • 2 arrested after infant left alone in vehicle

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two people are charged with endangering the welfare of a minor for leaving an infant alone in a car on a hot evening in North Little Rock. Police said Monday that 26-year-old Terrill Woodard and 29-year-old Latisha Franklin were arrested …

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  • Sentence commutation denied

    LITTLE ROCK — One of two murderers sentenced to 45 years in prison has been turned down for a sentence commutation by the Arkansas Parole Board, according to a news release. Jorge Pablo Gonzalez’s request was denied by the board when it met Monday; the …

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  • Pedestrian, hit by car, dies

    OZARK ACRES — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle about 11:38 p.m. Monday in Ozark Acres, according to a preliminary report from Arkansas State Police Troop B headquarters. The victim was David Dwayne Halfacre, 43, of Williford, said the investigating officer, state …

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  • 2.95-carat diamond unearthed

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — State parks officials say a Kentucky man discovered a nearly 3-carat diamond Thursday at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds park. Terry Staggs of Richmond discovered the 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond — the largest diamond found so far this year at the park in …

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  • Hearing set over Springdale brewery’s permit

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Environmental regulators will hold a hearing this fall to reconsider a wastewater storage permit the state granted to a northwest Arkansas brewery, after the local water district voiced concerns that it could imperil the area’s drinking water. The Beaver Water District requested …

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  • 1 held after nightclub shooting

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities arrested a Junction City man on suspicion of battery after a shooting at an El Dorado nightclub left three people injured. Police say the shooting happened early Saturday at The Brick House. According to police, officers responding to a disturbance …

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  • UAW Retirees to meet

    PARAGOULD — The United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould.

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  • Drug store keeps soda fountain tradition going

    TRUMANN (AP) — Customers at the Trumann Drug Store’s old-fashioned soda fountain can get a banana split topped with nostalgia or a plate lunch with a side of history. Shelia Hooker, the full-time cook for two years, works behind a 30-foot counter, which used to …

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  • Harless wins pageant award

    Miss White River’s Outstanding Teen was named a preliminary winner during the 2013 Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen pageant held in Hot Springs over the weekend. In the Thursday night preliminaries, Rachel Harless received the Artistic Expression in Talent award. For her talent, Harless, 17, of …

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  • Variable oakleaf caterpillars move through Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Forestry Commission says variable oakleaf caterpillars are gobbling trees’ leaves and leaving messes in parts of central Arkansas. The Forestry Commission says the caterpillars feed on the foliage of deciduous trees, eating leaves down to the main veins. Feeding …

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