• NEA Marble Show comes to Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS — The Third Annual Northeast Arkansas Marble Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Days Inn & Suites, located at 2805 U.S. Highway 67 in Pocahontas. Anyone interested in buying, selling, trading or learning about marbles is welcome. Marble dealer …

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  • Polk County moves forward with jail tax plan

    MENA (AP) — Polk County officials are moving forward with a sheriff’s sales tax proposal to pay for a new jail. The county’s quorum court has approved Sheriff Mike Godfrey’s plan to seek a 1-percent sales tax to build a 100-bed county jail. The county …

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  • Arkansas man fulfills dream of becoming rodeo contractor

    MAGNOLIA — One fact that many people in Columbia County might not know is that the county is home to a professional rodeo contractor. Columbia County native Van Flaherty has been raising bucking horses and bucking bulls for years and has positioned himself as a …

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  • Higher ed board OKs plan for ASU medical school

    JONESBORO (AP) — The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted certification for a new medical school on the campus of Arkansas State University. The board on Friday approved certification for the New York Institute of Technology to offer three degrees at the Jonesboro campus: …

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  • Beating death arrests made

    BOONEVILLE (AP) — Authorities say three suspects have been arrested for the beating death of a man in Booneville who witnesses say was pulled from his car and attacked. Logan County sheriff’s officials and Booneville police say the three are being held in connection with …

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  • Car crash claims 3

    COTTON PLANT (AP) — Authorities have identified the three men killed in a single-vehicle wreck in north-central Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Saturday on Arkansas 38 west of Cotton Plant. According to a preliminary report, a car driven by 24-year-old Clarence Harris …

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  • Pine Bluff officials worried about shared ZIP code

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Officials in a central Arkansas city say they’re worried the Census might be miscounting its residents because of a shared ZIP code. Pine Bluff shares a ZIP code with neighboring White Hall. Several Pine Bluff aldermen are concerned about 12,000 residents …

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  • Asian beetle found in SW Ark.

    HOPE (AP) — An Asian beetle that is blamed for killing millions of ash trees since it was found in the United States just more than a decade ago has been found in southwestern Arkansas. The emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, …

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  • Hutchinson improperly took tax credit on 2 homes

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson improperly took Arkansas’ homestead tax credit during four tax years before making a partial repayment shortly before he announced his campaign for governor, according to an official with the Pulaski County assessor’s office. Joe Thompson, the …

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  • Board seeks proposals for new prison

    ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) — The board overseeing Arkansas correctional facilities voted Friday to seek proposals from communities willing to host a new $100 million, 1,000-bed maximum-security prison. The Arkansas Board of Corrections agreed to accept requests for the next 90 days in hopes of firming …

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  • Child rapist gets 20 years

    MOUTNAIN HOME (AP) — A Baxter County judge has sentenced a 63-year-old Cotter man to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl. William Bardin was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty in June to repeatedly raping a girl under the age of …

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  • Teen arrested in murder

    STUTTGART (AP) — A 17-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of a 20-year-old man in eastern Arkansas. Police were called to an address around 5 p.m. Tuesday and found Ray Daniel Ruffin shot once in the chest. He was taken by ambulance to …

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