• Fire destroys Jonesboro funeral home; no one hurt

    JONESBORO (AP) — Authorities in Jonesboro say a funeral home has been destroyed in a fire. The manager of the Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home says hot tar on the building’s roof ignited a fire Monday afternoon. Manager Terry Snow said everyone was evacuated safely. Jonesboro …

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  • Hwy. 87 to be resurfaced

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has opened bids for improvements to a roadway in Cleburne and Independence counties, according to the Arkansas State Highway Commission. The project will resurface approximately 16 miles of Highway 87, near Pleasant Plains. Atlas Asphalt …

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  • Lipschitz to speak on Alzheimer’s

    Dr. David Lipschitz MOUNTAIN HOME — A four-part lecture series on Alzheimer’s disease will be provided to four locations simultaneously, including the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home campus, beginning Thursday  and running through June 28. Dr. David A. Lipschitz will speak in a combination of in-person …

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  • Ozark Folk Center to open Craft Village

    Mountain View — The Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View opens for the 2012 season at 10 a.m. April 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 20 crafts people will be on hand to talk with …

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  • Corps to make releases through spillway at Norfork Lake

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Army Corps of Engineers will start releasing water today from the spillway of Norfork Dam while a powerhouse turbine is out of service for maintenance. About 6,000 cubic feet per second will be released, half through spillway releases and the other …

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  • Fayetteville advertising panel reinstates director

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Officials say the executive director of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission will keep her job after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The commission voted 4-2 to reinstate Marilyn Heifner as its executive …

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  • US judge denies halt on Ozark drilling permits

    LITTLE ROCK — An environmental group’s quest to preserve the Ozark National Forest has hit a snag after a federal judge denied its request to prevent drilling for natural gas. The Ozark Society wants the U.S. Forest Service to not grant drilling permits while awaiting …

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  • Scheiman speaks on Kenyan birding safari

    CLINTON — Dr. Dan Scheiman will present a program about his July 2011 birding safari in Kenya, Africa, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Western Sizzlin Restaurant in Clinton. Scheiman and his wife, Samantha, and three other birders hired a guide to introduce them to the …

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  • Woman falls off bluff

    VAN BUREN (AP) — A 60-year-old woman is in critical condition after tumbling about 20 feet from a bluff in the Boston Mountains of western Arkansas. Officials say Lucy Thames was hiking with her husband and two grandchildren when the accident occurred Sunday afternoon in …

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  • Teen hurt in fall off cliff

    PONCA (AP) — Crews have rescued a Mayflower teenager who fell off a 20-foot cliff at a national park in northern Arkansas. The teen was on a hiking trip when he fell Friday at Lost Valley National Park near Ponca. National Park Service officials didn’t …

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  • Arkansas town forever changed by tornado

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy resident Gene Angel was traveling home from the Kroger in Bald Knob around 5:30 p.m. on March 21, 1952, when he was between the two intersections in Judsonia and as he recalled, “It got really dark. It was the darkest green …

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  • 2 teens rescued from lake

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two teenagers who always wanted to go over the spillway at Lake Maumelle paid a high price for their dream. The Little Rock Fire Department’s swift water rescue unit pulled the pair out of the water Sunday afternoon after their small …

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