• Hector elementary burns in overnight fire

    HECTOR (AP) — Authorities say firefighters have contained a blaze that broke out overnight at an elementary school in Pope County. Authorities say the fire was reported at Hector Elementary School at about 10 p.m. Thursday. The blaze was contained by more than 100 firefighters …

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  • Comedy presented

    SMITHVILLE — Smithville Baptist Church will present “A Cricket County City Christmas,” a one-act comedy, at 6 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary. The play is about the wealthy Tippinhimer family who has invited their backward country relatives from Cricket County to join them in …

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  • Building homes, rebuilding lives – Homes for Our Troops to break ground on home for injured vet

    Farmington — For the past year and a half Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy has been recovering and picking up the pieces after being severely injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Now, the Homes for Our Troops organization will help Kennedy and his family forge …

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  • Harding Universty commencement nears

    SEARCY — Dr. John Reese, a member of the Harding University Board of Trustees, will be featured as the keynote speaker for the University’s commencement exercises on Saturday when about 360 graduates will receive diplomas at 10 a.m. on campus in Benson Auditorium. Reese was …

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  • Lecture features Titanic expedition leader Joslyn

    MOUNTAIN HOME — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, when the ship struck an iceberg in April 1912, expedition leader John Joslyn and his wife, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, will speak as part of the Gaston Lecture Series at 7 p.m. March …

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  • Post offices open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — U.S. Postal officials in Arkansas say the state’s post offices will be open on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve — but hours may vary. Spokeswoman Leisa Tolliver-Gay says all post offices will be open both Dec. 24 and Dec. …

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  • Stalled car leads to mugging of two ASU students

    JONESBORO (AP) — Two Arkansas State University students who needed help with a stalled car wound up being attacked and robbed. The students told police they were mugged Monday evening by two men who stopped to supposedly help them near the Groves Apartments. Police say …

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  • UAW assembly set

    PARAGOULD — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould. Representatives from Blue Cross, United Health Care, Express Scripts and United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust will be in attendance.

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  • Equipment auction set for Jan. 5

    PARAGOULD — With the new year rolling around again, it’s almost time for the Greene County Tech FFA Chapter’s 40th annual Farm Equipment Auction, said agriculture instructor Jason Murray, who said this auction is expected to be bigger and better than ever before. “This sale …

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  • 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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