• Civil War events set for September

    LITTLE ROCK — Lectures, exhibits and musical performances are among the events the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned for September. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/. Among …

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  • Witt to lead State Police

    Stan Witt LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State Police Col. J.R. Howard announced his retirement from the agency’s top role Monday, and veteran trooper Stan Witt was picked to replace him and lead the organization as it undergoes changes in technology and personnel. Howard, who served …

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  • 2 die at Searcy apartment

    SEARCY (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of two people found at a home in Searcy as suspicious. Officers say a woman called authorities after finding her 19-year-old son, Aaron Sweet, and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Samantha Espy, in a bedroom at the woman’s apartment …

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  • Blues festival begins Thursday

    HOT SPRINGS — The 16th annual Hot Springs Blues Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday in Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs. The event is hosted by Spa City Blues Society. “Beale Street fixtures Eric Hughes and Brandon Santini will bring their bands …

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  • Head recognized for leadership

    SEARCY — DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services, has announced that Mandy Head of Searcy, formerly of Floral, has been recognized as a DaVita “Shining Rock Star” for outstanding team leadership, corporate citizenship and providing superior patient care. DaVita employees who receive this …

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  • USAF colonel retires

    Little Rock Air Force Base — After nearly 40 years of military service, the 189th Airlift Wing’s first African American colonel has retired. On Aug. 30, Col. Ronald W. McDaniel will retire from the Arkansas Air National Guard. His retirement ceremony was held at the …

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  • Saffell awarded scholarships

    FAYETTVILLE — Sarah Saffell, the daughter of Ronald and Becky Saffell of Saffell, has been awarded academic scholarships for 2012-13 by the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Saffell, a freshman argricultural business major with a pre-law …

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  • Students accepted to pharmacy school

    LITTLE ROCK — Two Independence County residents have been accepted into the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, according to a news release. Kirbi McMullin and Alyssa Stott were among those students to receive white coats symbolizing the transition from undergraduate to …

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  • Area student to show off ‘Skills’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dylan Thomas, a student at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, recently earned 10th place at the 2012 National SkillsUSA Conference in Kansas City, qualifying for the next level of national competitions, according to a news release. Thomas, of …

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  • Mtn. View resident graduates

    BOSTON — Lukas Pool of  Mountain View recently participated in Berklee College of Music’s 2012 commencement held at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, according to a news release. Pool received a bachelor of music in professional music. His class included more than 900 graduates.

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  • 2 shot in accidental discharge

    SEARCY (AP) — Authorities say two men were wounded when a man removing a rifle from a gun rack accidentally fired the weapon inside a northern White County home. Sheriff’s deputies said two men were seated at a kitchen table Thursday when 44-year-old Allen Lee …

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  • Boy loses finger in accident

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Officials in Mountain Home say an 11-year-old middle school student lost a finger when it got caught in a playground slide. The accident happened Thursday morning at Pinkston Middle School. Principal Michelle McWilliams says the boy’s left pinkie finger was severed …

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