• Rockabilly musician recalls good times

    JONESBORO (AP) — Rockabilly was big in northeast Arkansas in the ’60s, and that’s when Herbert “Herbie” V. Mayes Sr.’s band hit its peak. Mayes, 73, of Jonesboro played bass, and his cousin, Gary “Sonny” Ackermon played lead guitar. Harvey Farley was the drummer, and …

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  • Arkansas Tech announces graduates

    RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University recently conferred 1,494 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus during the 2011-12 academic year. This list includes graduates from the main campus in Russellville with associate, baccalaureate, master and educational specialist degrees. Those who graduated with honors based …

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  • Oaks dying at Ark. park after suspected poisoning

    TONTITOWN (AP) — As many as 50 trees in Harry Sbanotto Park will likely die from an act of vandalism. Ken Bailey, city building inspector, stood near a merry-go-round in the shade of a 100-foot tall oak tree in Tontitown’s Harry Sbanotto Park. A ring …

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  • Cattle vulnerable to plant toxins during drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The drought that has plagued Arkansas for weeks is taking a toll on cattle, but not necessarily from the heat. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture said Monday that some cows have been sickened by eating toxic plants because the …

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  • No injuries reported as fire burns 115 acres

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Firefighters contained a blaze that burned more than 100 acres in southwestern Arkansas and crews were working to knock down another fire that had charred about 200 acres Sunday. The fire near Arkansas Highway 84 burned about 115 acres before firefighters …

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  • Okla. seeks return of Ark. brothers in slaying

    FORT SMITH — Two brothers serving lengthy prison terms in Arkansas on a variety of charges soon could be transferred to LeFlore County, where they face first-degree murder charges in the 2010 slaying of a Fort Smith woman. Elvis Aaron Thacker, 24, and Johnathen Don …

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  • Police investigating 2 deaths in Little Rock

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of two people in southwest Little Rock. Officers responded to a call about a stabbing at a mobile home about 8 p.m. Sunday. Investigators say two men were found dead, and another person was able to …

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  • Clock tower to be repaired

    HARRISBURG (AP) — The clock tower at a 100-year-old courthouse in eastern Arkansas will be getting a facelift. The county received a $31,186 grant last week from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to repair the clock tower at the Poinsett County Courthouse in Harrisburg. The …

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  • Prisoner slashes self after escape attempt

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — A convicted rapist from Sebastian County serving a 13-year prison sentence slashed his wrists and throat after seeing he was about to get caught during an escape attempt. Correction Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 40-year-old Roy Hoggard got on the roof …

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  • Sebastian Co. deputy arrested for jail smuggling

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy faces three felony charges for allegedly smuggling a cellphone and other items into the county jail. The sheriff’s department says Deputy Mario Turner Rupert was arrested on Friday on three counts of furnishing prohibited articles. Sheriff’s …

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  • Pedestrian killed while crossing road in NE Ark.

    BROOKLAND (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a Jonesboro woman died after she was struck by a car when she was walking across a highway. Authorities say the collision happened Saturday night on U.S. 49 near Brookland. Police say 38-year-old Mary Davis was walking across …

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  • Ark. moving forward after health ruling

    LITTLE ROCK  — Arkansas health officials said the state will continue with its plans to implement the federal health care law after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it Thursday, but Republicans in the state Legislature urged more time to study the consequences of the ruling. …

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