• School cleaned after 137 students become ill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials haven’t determined what caused more than 100 students to fall ill with stomach problems last week, but they are taking steps to ensure more children don’t get sick. Little Rock School District officials said a company specializing in eliminating germs …

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  • Farmers burn diesel, daylight to get in crops before Isaac

    DE VALLS BLUFF — Arkansas farmers were burning daylight and diesel Tuesday, racing to get as much of their mature crops out of the field as possible ahead of Isaac’s arrival on Friday. The five-day forecast cone Tuesday afternoon still had the center of what …

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  • 2 people hurt in bluff fall in Baxter Co.

    GAMALIEL (AP) — Authorities say two people have been severely injured after falling off a bluff in northern Arkansas. The Baxter County Sheriff’s office says deputies responded to a 5:18 p.m. emergency call Tuesday of two people who had fallen off a bluff near Bidwell …

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  • Quilt-making demonstration to be held in Bull Shoals

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Members of Hill ’N Hollow Quilters Guild will demonstrate the traditional Ozarks craft of making quilts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center at Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Bull Shoals. …

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  • 4-Her’s ‘get social’ at O-Rama

    FAYETTEVILLE — Hundreds of 4-Hers from 45 counties across Arkansas spent two days competing in dozens of categories including agribusiness public speaking, photography, performing arts and forestry at the 2012 State 4-H O-Rama held July 25-26 on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Independence …

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  • 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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