• Holiday scams on the rise

    During this joyous time of the year there are those who will prey on the generosity of those who give, Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery warned in a news release Thursday morning. “There has been an upswing in phone scams offering to pay of credit …

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  • ‘Living Windows’ scheduled for Main Street, Calico Rock

    CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Museum will present the Peppersauce Players’ second annual “Living Windows” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street (Highway 5) in Calico Rock. Twenty-five storefront windows will depict 15 scenes for an old-fashioned Christmas. This year’s themes include …

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  • Flu shots slated in Cushman

    The Independence County Health Unit will be administering flu shots at the Cushman Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, announced Leila Skelton, city recorder/treasurer. This flu clinic will be the same as the others, in which the health department will bill Medicaid, Medicare …

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  • Dogs, tools reported stolen

    Two pit bull pups (a red male and a black/white female) and a 50-pound bag of dog food, valued at $320, a four-drawer tool box with miscellaneous hand tools valued at approximately $1,000 were reported stolen from a Pleasant Plains residence recently. David Hites said …

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  • Five Generations

    The Allwhite and Marshall families gathered for Thanksgiving in Newark and took advantage of the occasion to pose for a five-generation photo. Bradley Marshall  (foreground, holding twins) and his family, including twins Brody and Blain and infant, Blakely were visiting from Joplin, Missouri. Pictured are …

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  • Auction to benefit scholarship fund

    The Independence and Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association will hold an auction for members to raise money for scholarships on Tuesday in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with the meal at …

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  • C-Ridge may renew lease

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room. Agenda items include review of financial reports, personnel reports and a two-year agreement lease renewal of the Oil Trough gym.

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  • Airport taxiway on agenda

    The Batesville Regional Airport Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the terminal building. Engineer Bob Chatman will give a report. Other business includes the taxiway extension process and terminal renovations project status. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Unpaid co-pastors make perfect team for lay-driven church

    Reprinted with permission of Arkansas United Methodist, where this feature originally appeared in the Dec. 5, 2014 print edition and online at arumc.org.   HARDY — Two co-pastors. Ten certified lay servants. An administrative assistant and a finance assistant. Eighty worshippers on an average Sunday. …

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  • Ring’s Chapel presents a Christmas musical

    CAVE CITY — The Ring’s Chapel Singers of Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will present an original Christmas musical, “A Southern Gospel Christmas: the Guiding Star,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with John R. Way, music director, and Becky Way, accompanist. The musical tells the Biblical …

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  • Jacksonport State Park announces activities

    NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park has several activities scheduled for this month at the Jacksonport Courthouse: • Christmas stocking workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will make their own stocking out of felt, glitter, ribbons and other decorations. The fee is $5. • Civil …

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  • Church sets Christmas play

    SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Baptist Church will host the play “Christmas at Cricket County Cafe” at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments to follow the production.

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