• Web page tracks holiday lights

    The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism website has a special Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights page that tracks communities’ celebration of the holidays with light and sound. Go to Arkansas.com and click on Trail of Holiday Lights. The new interactive page promotes the annual …

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  • Pianist to close concert series

    PARAGOULD — Pianist and vocalist Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave City will close out KASU Radio’s Blue Monday concert series in Paragould at the Red Goose Restaurant at 7 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. His backup musicians will include members of the band …

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  • Arkansas House picks Cabot Republican as speaker

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas House picked its first Republican speaker since Reconstruction on Thursday, but it took a coalition of Democrats to do it. Rep. Davy Carter, R-Cabot, beat Rep. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, by a secret-ballot vote of 52-45 and will lead the …

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  • Ice-skating rink opens Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arvest on Ice outdoor ice-skating rink, located in the River Market area of Little Rock, will open to the public Saturday and remain open through Jan. 6, 2013. Skating rink hours will be 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 …

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  • Whooping cough confirmed at school

    CLINTON (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says several cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been confirmed at Clinton Intermediate School. Students at the school are receiving booster shots and those students already showing symptoms are getting antibiotics to prevent the …

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  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas tops 3K entries

    LITTLE ROCK — A minor milestone in the history of the state’s historiography came and went last month, and few outside of Arkansas’ very active history list serve paid any attention. The six-year-old Encyclopedia of Arkansas posted its 3,000th entry. Three thousand! Wow. In an …

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  • Student shares presentation

    ARKADELPHIA — Eight Ouachita Baptist University students and two faculty members recently attended the Arkansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Conference in Little Rock and one student from Batesville was among them. At this statewide conference, which attracted more than 400 …

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  • Beebe proposes reduction in grocery tax

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe is proposing a reduction in the state’s grocery tax that would be triggered if the state’s budget obligations in several key areas decline over a six-month period. Finance officials today said Beebe is calling for reducing the state’s …

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  • 6 tigers from refuge moved to Turpentine

    EUREKA SPRINGS (AP) — Six tigers from a Mountainburg shelter have a new home at a wildlife refuge in Eureka Springs. The big cats were sent to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge this week. The cats’ owner says her failing health made it difficult to …

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  • ASU won’t submit application for U.S. Army reserve center

    JONESBORO — Arkansas State University officials recently announced the university will not submit an updated application to acquire the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Caraway Road in Jonesboro as a building to house its Math and Science Academy. The property was declared surplus as a …

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  • GOP leads recounts

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The battle for control of the Arkansas House has come down to a recount in Independence County. Recounts Tuesday in Jackson and Poinsett counties left Republican John K. Hutchison with a 45-vote lead over Democrat L.J. Bryant. Poinsett County has as …

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  • Calico Rock history book goes on sale

    CALICO ROCK — Calico Rock Museum Foundation has announced the publication of a book telling the history of Calico Rock. The paperback, “Calico Rock: A History from 1831-1966,” will be available before Thanksgiving. The book contains 230 pages of historical sketches, personal stories, dates and …

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