• Fire dept. nets safety prize

    NORPHLET (AP) — The Norphlet Volunteer Fire Department will receive $5,000 after being selected a grand prize winner in the National Fire Protection Agency’s 1,000 Safer Places: the Firewise Challenge. The funding is to be used for activities such as chipping of brush and removing …

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  • Spark ignites grass fire at Mtn. Home golf course

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A spark from construction work is blamed for a grass fire that burned two acres surrounding two holes at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. The the fire began just after 10 a.m. Monday and was extinguished within …

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  • Girl Scout cookie sales under way

    JONESBORO — Girl Scouts — Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas began cookie sales Friday. The classics are back, and there are eight flavors to choose from: Do-si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles, according to …

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  • Tobacco prevention art contest being held

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health has launched its statewide youth tobacco prevention contests. The theme for the 2014 Coloring, Sketch and Art contests is “Natural State vs. Tobacco State,” and it was created by members of the Arkansas Kids with the Tobacco …

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  • Man pleads to Caraway school attack

    JONESBORO (AP) — A Trumann man has been sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to attacking three students at an elementary school in Caraway in 2012. Michael Wayne Stayton, 49, was sentenced Friday after Stayton pleaded guilty to three counts of battery. Stayton …

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  • Washington’s 282nd birthday celebrated

    HOT SPRINGS — The 10th annual George Washington Birthday Observance was held in Hot Springs on Feb. 18. On his actual birth date of Feb. 22, Washington would be 282 years of age. The luncheon was hosted by colonial heritage organizations which have members in …

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  • Robocalls result in phone jam

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Phone lines at the Arkansas Senate were jammed for several days because of a glitch in a computer-dialed political message.. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families hired Eton Inc. to make between 1,000 and 1,500 computer-dialed calls per day, with a …

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  • Whirlpool adds test sites

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Whirlpool Corp. is expanding the scope of its testing for toxic chemicals at the site of its former factory in Fort Smith. The company this week started installing equipment used to test for toxic vapors in the neighborhood north of the …

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  • Lawmakers try again with Medicaid bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are trying for the fourth day in a row to break an impasse over the future of the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion. The Arkansas House planned to vote again today on the measure to reauthorize the “private option” program …

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  • Osceola sues Entergy

    OSCEOLA (AP) — Officials in Osceola are suing Entergy Arkansas over claims that the utility improperly billed the city $5 million. Mayor Dickie Kennemore says the city’s lawyers evaluated billing from 2007 through 2009 and arrived at the $5 million figure, not including interest. Kennemore …

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  • Mountain Valley Spring Water touts expansion

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Hot Springs-based Mountain Valley Spring Water has been adding employees and increasing its revenue. Mountain Valley Chairman and CEO Breck Speed says the company added 40 workers in the last year and has seen revenue grow by 38 percent in that …

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  • Man indicted for kidnapping

    EL DORADO (AP) — A man accused in the death and kidnapping of an Arkansas woman whose body was found in North Carolina faces a federal charge that could carry the death penalty if he’s convicted. U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge said Wednesday that 38-year-old Kevin …

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