• Woman dies in horse-riding accident

    ATKINS (AP) — Authorities say an Atkins woman is dead after the horse she was riding stumbled and fell down a hill. Pope County Coroner Leonard Krout says 29-year-old Shavon M. Howard was pronounced dead at a Russellville hospital on Sunday. Krout said that Howard …

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  • Ark. officers targeting drunken holiday drivers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police say law enforcement agencies across the state say are targeting drunken drivers this holiday season. State police said Monday that special enforcement will start Friday and run through New Year’s Day. Officials say one-third of Arkansas traffic fatalities …

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  • Arkansas State University to award diplomas Saturday

    JONESBORO — State Rep. Homer Lenderman will deliver the commencement address to a fall graduation class of more than 1,200 candidates at Arkansas State University’s two commencement ceremonies on Saturday in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive. Chancellor Tim Hudson will confer diplomas to graduates …

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  • Damage done by downdraft, not tornado

    VIOLA (AP) — The National Weather Service says a downdraft from a thunderstorm caused damage to buildings in Viola. A weather service team surveyed the damage near Viola on Monday, a day after a storm line swept through the state. A number of tornado warnings …

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  • Lights turned off on Christ of the Ozarks

    EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — A northwest Arkansas landmark that had been lit at night for the past 45 years is now dark. Spotlights no longer illuminate the Christ of the Ozarks statue overlooking Eureka Springs from Magnetic Mountain. The statue is part of The Great …

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  • ASU eyes Mexican campus

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Arkansas State University trustees have agreed to negotiations that could lead to an ASU campus in Mexico. The board meeting Friday in Mountain Home approved the proposal for officials from the ASU-Jonesboro campus to negotiate to establish the campus in Queretaro, …

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  • Man survives fall from cliff

    HARRISON (AP) — Newton County authorities say a 19-year-old Fort Smith man was seriously injured but survived an estimated 100-foot fall from a cliff. Austin Elders fell from what’s known as Hawksbill Crag on Whitaker Point about 4 a.m. Saturday while he and a friend …

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  • DHS services for the blind give Consumer of the Year awards

    LITTLE ROCK — Ethel Fowler of Blytheville has been named an area Consumer of the Year by the Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind for her determination to overcome adversity, succeed in her career and serve others, according to a news …

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  • AHPP offers grant-writing workshop

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will hold a grant-writing workshop at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 2013, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, located at 501 West 9th St. in Little Rock for people interested in applying for the agency’s County Courthouse Restoration …

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  • NEA pageants call for contestants

    Blytheville — The Miss Northeast Arkansas pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Arkansas and Miss America pageants, is now seeking qualified candidates. Contestants must live in, work full time in or attend school in one of the following counties: Mississippi, Crittenden, Poinsett, Greene, Clay, Cross, …

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  • Polio survivors to meet

    CONWAY — Central Arkansas Polio Survivors will have a holiday gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fish House, located at 116 South Harkrider in Conway. The group is working on the history of polio in Arkansas.

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  • Arrest made after shooter claims gun’s discharge was accident

    NORFORK (AP) — Baxter County authorities say a man is in custody for the slaying of a 65-year-old man killed last month in Norfork. Sheriff John Montgomery said Thursday that 47-year-old Johnnie Carl Baker of Salesville shot Dennis Franklin Chapman in the face with a …

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