• Arkansas man helping township with genealogy

    CONWAY (AP) — Thanks to the exuberance and fervor of Jack Ruple, the diminutive community of Harve Township has stepped into the waters of Facebook technology. Ruple’s enthusiasm for the project knows no bounds. He is pushing forward with the concept of alerting residents of …

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  • Voters will get liquor issue in Nov.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court said Thursday that voters will be able to consider a proposal to expand liquor sales statewide, rejecting arguments that the idea’s backers missed a key deadline and failed to adequately tell people what a “yes” vote means. In …

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  • Child rapist draws 25 years

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A Mississippi County jury has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl who was later found dead. Jurors on Thursday found 30-year-old Freddie Sharp II guilty of raping Jessica Williams of Gosnell in August 2013. Authorities …

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  • 1 sentenced for child porn

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A 42-year-old Fort Smith man has been sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison on two counts of receiving images of child pornography. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that John Lea must also complete 10 years of supervised release after …

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  • 5 hurt after trains collide

    WINSLOW (AP) — A freight train collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas on Thursday, injuring more than a dozen people, authorities said. The passenger train was carrying tourists on a fall-foliage tour in the Ozark Mountains when the accident occurred near Winslow, …

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  • Regional winners named

    LITTLE ROCK — Three regional winners have been named in the Arkansas State Fair Junior Queen competition Wednesday in Little Rock. Juliana Fletcher, 15, of Widener, Kaylee Guthrie, 15, of Melbourne and Summer Thorn, 16, of Batesville were named finalists. Fletcher is a sophomore at …

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  • ‘Fought in Earnest’ chronicles historical events

    MOUNTAIN HOME — A free traveling exhibit, “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” which chronicles major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865, will be displayed in Gaston Lobby of Roller Hall at Arkansas State University in Mountain Home from 8 a.m. to 5 …

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  • Clinton National Airport eyes baggage fix

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The largest airport in Arkansas wants to spend nearly $300,000 to help prevent planes from taking off without their passengers’ suitcases. Officials with the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field say a design flaw in its baggage-handling system is to …

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  • Judge wants new look at Buffalo River hog farm

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge wants regulators to take another look at the potential impact of a hog farm near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas. Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. said Thursday a previous assessment was too brief. That review helped …

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  • Agri official retiring

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun’s retirement becomes effective Dec. 31. In a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe, Calhoun says that it has been “an honor and privilege” to serve in the …

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  • Conway hosts state gospel singing convention

    CONWAY — The 102nd Annual Arkansas State Gospel Singing Convention will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Bowry Baptist Church, located at 889 Otto Road in Conway. Lunch will be served at noon Saturday. For more information call Mackenzie Clark, …

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  • Powhatan state park to hold Ghost Walk

    POWHATAN — A Ghost Walk will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Powhatan. Guests can tour each of the town’s five historic buildings, hearing ghost stories at each site. Some of the stories are adapted from traditional folk tales, but others may …

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