• Senators seek to end lt. gov. post

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Arkansas legislators proposed abolishing the lieutenant governor’s office, deriding it Thursday as outdated and unnecessary and saying they’ll push during the next legislative session to have voters decide whether to keep the post. Less than three months before voters will …

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  • Truck driver killed in crash

    DOMINO, Texas (AP) — An Arkansas truck driver has died in a two-semitrailer collision near Texarkana. A Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman says 57-year-old Lonnie Warmick of Nashville, Arkansas, was killed Thursday morning. She says Warmick was driving a logging truck southbound on U.S. …

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  • Teacher charged with rape

    SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) — Siloam Springs police have charged a 32-year-old teacher in the rape of a 13-year-old boy. Mary Faith McCormick was arrested Wednesday evening. She’s listed as a teacher on the Siloam Springs Intermediate School website. Police say she started the relationship with …

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  • Man sentenced for punching tot

    TEXARKANA (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to six years in prison for punching a 15-month-old girl and fracturing her skull. A Miller County jury gave 30-year-old Brock Jernigan a maximum sentence Wednesday afternoon. Jurors found Jernigan guilty of second-degree battery in the …

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  • Hughes School District eyes consolidation options

    HUGHES (AP) — A school district in east Arkansas is exploring options for consolidation after the state said it doesn’t have enough students to continue as an independent public school system. The Arkansas Department of Education said the district will have to consolidate or annex …

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  • Jonesboro voters OK reallocation of tax revenue

    JONESBORO (AP) — Voters in Jonesboro have passed a measure in a special election to reallocate revenue from a citywide sales tax. The measure’s passage Tuesday authorizes Jonesboro officials to use the revenue for salaries and operational expenses. A temporary half-percent city tax expires in …

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  • Underwater treasure hunt slated

    NORFORK — Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Underwater Treasure Hunt Saturday at Sand Island on Norfork Lake. Certified scuba divers will search for tokens underwater (no deeper than 40 feet) and return them for prizes. Prizes include mask, fins, dive light, …

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  • Johnny Cash’s boyhood home opens Saturday

    DYESS — It’s yellowed with age and doesn’t have a case but the small pillow brought comfort to a young J.R. Cash after the death of older brother Jack. Inside the five-room home sits the family’s old, upright piano but it is perhaps by luck …

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  • AmeriCorps seeking to serve

    The Arkansas Service Commission, part of the Department of Human Services, Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, is looking for organizations that can use AmeriCorps members to effectively solve problems as identified in the Arkansas State Service Plan. AmeriCorps programs address disaster services, education, …

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  • Bus safety campaign announced

    LITTLE ROCK — With the start of a new school year days away, the Arkansas Department of Education is reminding people to “be aware, stay alert so kids don’t get hurt.” B.U.S. (Be aware. U stay alert. So kids don’t get hurt) Awareness is the …

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  • Prescribed fire workshop offered

    JONESBORO — A prescribed fire workshop for landowners will be presented by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Forestry Association from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Forrest L. Woods Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, located at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro. Topics …

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  • Pageant seeks candidates

    BLYTHEVILLE — Miss Northeast Arkansas and Miss River Delta pageants, both preliminaries to the Miss Arkansas and Miss America pageants, are now seeking qualified candidates to participate in the pageants. The counties included for these competitions are Mississippi, Crittenden, Poinsett, Greene, Clay, Cross, Independence, Randolph, …

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