• Melbourne HS orientation set

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School will hold an orientation for all incoming seventh grade students as well as any new high school students at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the high school. Orientation for rising ninth-graders will immediately follow. Mount Pleasant Elementary will hold its …

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  • Oh Baby! Hysterectomy halted when pregnancy discovered

    The doctor’s pregnancy test had come back negative. A tubal procedure was completed in December and a hysterectomy was planned for this spring, so when Brandi Lutner went in for a pre-operation test in April two days before the scheduled operation she didn’t expect to …

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  • Melon fest kicks off

    CAVE CITY — A large crowd — possibly a record-setting crowd for a first day of a Cave City Watermelon Festival — turned out to hear an entertainment line-up that included “American Idol” Top 40 finalist Lauren Gray of Hardy, Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave …

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  • Midland elementary construction begins

    FLORAL — Let the building begin. Construction has begun on a new kindergarten, first- and second-grade facility at Midland Elementary in Floral that will also include art and music rooms and a new gym that Superintendent Dean Stanley said Wednesday will give students many “first-class …

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  • I-555 done; name awaited

    JONESBORO (AP) — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Thursday that funding for a service road along U.S. 63 in northeast Arkansas isn’t in the agency’s four-year construction plan, which will delay converting the name of the highway to Interstate 555. The road between …

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  • AG suing Fla. telemarketers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced lawsuits against five current or former Florida-based telemarketing companies. McDaniel said Thursday that the firms made illegal “robocalls” and that they violated state and federal “Do Not Call” laws with their offers to reduce …

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  • Cedar Ridge to discuss lease

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room at Newark. Agenda items include an authorization of lease with Arkansas Copier, approval of 2012-13 personnel policies and salary schedules, discussion of a date for the …

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  • More filings announced

    Six additional candidates had filed for municipal office, according to information from the Sharp and Izard county clerk offices as of 9 this morning. In Sharp County, they include: Hardy  Ward 3, Position 1 — Raymond Hicks, incumbent Williford Position 4 — Ambie Lester, incumbent. …

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  • Candidate arrested for DWI

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate in Arkansas has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over in Fayetteville. Herb Rule was released from the Washington County jail early this morning after he was arrested on charges of …

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  • Suspect still at large

    ASH FLAT — Authorities are still looking for the man who fled after leading Cave City police officer David Edwards on a high-speed chase, then ramming his patrol car after making a U-turn south of Cave City and gunning a stolen car so that it …

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  • Man jailed after taking girls’ pics

    Reports of a man taking photos of juvenile girls at a swimming hole on Poke Bayou Tuesday ended with his arrest on charges of disorderly conduct. Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said officers were dispatched to the area known as “the rocks” at the Highway …

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  • County’s drug dog dies – Donations being accepted for replacement

    Police K-9 handler with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office, John Carroll, said this morning the department is receiving assistance from the community in raising funds to replace his K-9 partner, Jacky, who died June 28 from heat-related causes. Jacky, a Belgian Malonis, was outside in …

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