• 2013 Arkansas Beef Cookoff just around the corner

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas CattleWomen Association is seeking entries for the 2013 Arkansas Beef Cookoff to be held March 2 in Conway. More than $2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the best dish in the Adult Category and the best dish …

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  • Freezing rain, sleet predicted for SE Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A winter weather advisory is in place for counties in southeastern Arkansas, where freezing rain and sleet is predicted. The weather service issued the advisory for Arkansas, Bradley, Calhoun, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln counties until 4 p.m. today. Forecasters say …

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  • Famed Blytheville bookstore has new owner

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — That Bookstore In Blytheville is now under new ownership, and that owner is looking to put his passion for the book world to work in making the shop a “destination” spot in the community. Grant Hill, who is originally from Mountain Home, …

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  • Heart attack prompts Marmaduke man to get fit

    PARAGOULD (AP) — Not many people decide to begin a new physical fitness regimen in their 60s, but one Marmaduke man decided to do just that after suffering a heart attack in March 1990. Gene Rippy, 83, credits exercise with saving his life after the …

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  • Major issues facing Arkansas Legislature

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have no shortage of challenges to overcome when they convene for this year’s legislative session. From decisions over whether to expand Medicaid to proposals to further restrict abortions, there’s a long list of issues on the agenda for the 89th …

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  • Guy-Perkins superintendent arrested for theft

    CONWAY (AP) — The superintendent of the Guy-Perkins school district has been arrested on theft charges related to stolen weapons. Faulkner County sheriff’s deputies said Superintendent David Westenhover was arrested Thursday at the sheriff’s criminal investigation division where he went after an arrest warrant was …

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  • Ponca to host ‘Second Saturday’

    PONCA — Buffalo National River will host “Second Saturday” activities at the Ponca Elk Education Center, located at the north end of Boxley Valley on Highway 43 in Ponca. The event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. The programs will also be held at …

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  • ‘Starting a Business in Arkansas’ workshop to begin Jan. 22

    JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Jonesboro Association will co-host a workshop for start-up businesses in Jonesboro, from 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, at the ASU Delta Center for Economic …

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  • Authorities baffled by missing men

    TEXARKANA (AP) — The disappearance of two Hempstead County men last year remains a mystery for Sheriff James Singleton. “It’s an old-fashioned mystery and it’s bugging me. We touch on the disappearances at least once or twice a week,” Singleton said. “If we hear about …

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  • White River named nation’s second Blueway – Officials say designation will boost tourism, expand recreation, fuel local economies

    LITTLE ROCK — Officials have designated the White River in Arkansas and its watershed as a National Blueway. The river is the second in the nation to receive that distinction; the Connecticut River was the first. The 700-plus-mile White River runs through Arkansas and Missouri …

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  • Man jailed for shooting woman

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Fort Smith man has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a woman who was a passenger in a van. Jonathan Lewis Jackson, 23, entered the plea Wednesday in Sebastian County Circuit Court. Prosecutors …

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  • Machine gun owner pleads guilty

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Fort Smith man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a machine gun. Ryan Scott Doughty, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge Monday and faces sentencing at an as yet undetermined date. An …

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