• Fire destroys classrooms – Supt. unsure when HS classes to resume

    NEWARK — Smoke and soot filled the halls of Cedar Ridge High School in Newark today as firefighters remained on scene to begin the process of determining what caused a fire to break out at 3:30 this morning, destroying two classrooms that included computer equipment. …

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  • One dead, two held for questioning

    MELBOURNE — One person is dead and two are being held for questioning in a shooting that happened Thursday night near Calico Rock. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said dispatch was notified around 9:44 p.m. when a call came in from an obviously very disturbed …

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  • Alleged drug dealers wanted by police

    Two suspected drug dealers are being sought by local authorities on drug trafficking charges, according to a news release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. Officers are searching for Jose Caciano Garcia, who is believed to be in his early 20s and is …

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  • Veterans Outreach Center now open

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Many veterans aren’t aware of the benefits they are entitled to or they become overwhelmed by the process and paperwork and give up — and that’s where Veterans Outreach Center comes in. Paul Bunn, who along with fellow volunteers and veterans Benjy …

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  • Bite leads to charge – Man accused in sexual assault

    A man who allegedly forced himself on a teenage girl claimed she “came on” to him, despite bite marks and bruises on her body, police said. When deputies responded to an assault call just before 3 a.m. Dec. 20 they reportedly found Christopher Cunningham, 34, …

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  • Gun found in Dumpster

    A city trash worker reported finding a Knight .50 caliber muzzleloading rifle with a Bushnell scope in a trash Dumpster Thursday morning at an apartment complex on Dennison Heights. Deputy Shawn Stephens said the firearm, valued at $350, was checked through local files and determined …

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  • Cedar Ridge School Board to discuss millage

    NEWARK — Cedar Ridge School District Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb will recommend the Cedar Ridge School Board consider a millage increase, that if approved, would allow the district to hire two full-time resource officers starting next school year. Members will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday …

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  • County bee set for Tuesday

    The Independence County Spelling Bee has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Winners of schoolwide spelling bees will compete for the county title and those winners will be eligible for the statewide bee. …

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  • Concord City Council OKs vehicle purchase

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council authorized Mayor Warren “Buck” Rone in a special session earlier this week to proceed with plans to buy a used police vehicle from the Rose Bud Police Department for about $9,000, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit. The council will meet …

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  • Recycling committee to meet

    The Recycling Education and Promotion Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the White River Planning and Development District conference room located at 1652 White Drive, Batesville. The committee is made up of volunteers from the community and open to suggestions from the public. …

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  • Cherokee Village writer to sign books

    HARDY — Local author Joel Harris  of Cherokee Village will sign copies of his new book, “Rise of the Carrion Lord” and will discuss his work from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Words & Afterwords in Hardy. Harris has found a second calling in …

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  • Service News

    Norfolk, Va. — Navy Seaman Steven A. Ives recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Ives completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, …

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