• Durham sisters receive degrees

    April Durham A Hillcrest High School alumnus has received her doctor of medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. April Durham finished in the top quadrant of the graduating class and has chosen to continue her medical studies in the …

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  • Honor Rolls – Concord, Hillcrest

    Concord CONCORD — The students listed below made the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks of the 2011-12 school year at Concord High School, according to a news release: Seventh: all A’s — Karleigh Ferrell, Garrett Seal; general — Mallory Benton, Kailey Bowman, Taylor …

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  • Ozarka College releases honors lists

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College recently announced that 100 students have been named to the President’s List and 89 students have been named to the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ List for the spring semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must be …

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  • Southside board approves bids

    SOUTHSIDE — Bids for Southside School District’s new high school project was among the items discussed when the Southside School Board met May 14. The board heard from Andrew Adlong of Nabholz Construction Services about the project and reviewed a summary of bids, nearly two …

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  • House fire investigated

    MELBOURNE — On Tuesday, smoke was still visible from a two-story brick home that had been burning since Sunday night. Melbourne Fire Chief Rusty Campbell said an Izard County deputy was driving by the home located on Highway 69 when he saw the house on …

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  • Roaming along the Buffalo

    The steady click of horses hooves on stone bounces off the towering limestone cliffs to echo up and down the slow moving river as cranes and other birds glide quietly by. The sky is a bright blanket of blue with mottled clouds occasionally blocking a …

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  • Former coroner dies

    Hardy Willis A former Independence County coroner has died of complications from a gunshot wound. Hardy Willis, who served as coroner from 2005 to 2010, had called 911 on May 10 saying he’d been shot in the back at his Batesville home. He died Saturday …

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  • Unity Fest brings in thousands

    The heat this Memorial Day Weekend did not stop the crowds from heading to Riverside Park for the seventh annual Unity Fest on the River, a fundraiser for John 3:16 Ministries. Nearly 5,000 people came through the park on Saturday to enjoy summer entertainment, a …

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  • Mount Pleasant scores high

    MOUNT PLEASANT — The Office of Education Policy recently awarded Mount Pleasant Elementary of the Melbourne School District with two awards for students’ performance on 2011 end-of-course exams. Mount Pleasant received the awards May 17 at Little Rock for being the top school in the …

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  • Truck fire declared arson

    A fire that destroyed a pickup truck early this morning is being investigated as an act of arson, according to Deputy Ben Keener with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Keener said he was dispatched to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Camp Tahkodah and …

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  • Summer reading program set

    The summer reading program at the Independence County Library will be held June 1 to July 28. “Preschoolers to sixth-graders are welcome to join our reading program and pledge to read library books this summer,” librarian Vanessa Adams said. “Receive a prize every week for …

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  • Wrong turn leads to arrest

    Darrell Tate Toting drug paraphernalia as well IDs, checks, debit and credit cards belonging to more than a dozen people including those living in Independence County got a Batesville man arrested by Jonesboro police when he made a wrong turn at an intersection in Craighead …

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