• Seniors upset about bingo ban

    BALD KNOB (AP) — An Arkansas town is banning bingo, in a move that’s the first of its kind since the state legalized charitable gaming six years ago. Bald Knob is about an hour northeast of Little Rock. Religious leaders and residents lobbied for the …

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  • Concord School Board to hear updates

    CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to hear updates on the building program and land acquisition, said Superintendent Michael Davidson. The directors will also consider rehiring certified staff, consider a resignation request from Glenda …

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  • Dorm to be dedicated

    CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will dedicate its Stone County Faith House new six-man dorm at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Lunch will be served afterward. The event is open to the public. For more information, call (870) 799-2525.

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  • Sharp Dems to hear speakers

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Democratic Party and Democratic Women’s Club will sponsor a Democratic candidate speaking and barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat, said party leader Ed Wiles. “A free barbecue lunch …

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  • Folklore Society to host Sonny Burgess, Pacers

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Folklore Society will present a concert/dance by Sonny Burgess and his band, the Legendary Pacers, from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at 224 Franklin Ave. in Mountain View, said Ralph Garcia, who is helping publicize the event. “Burgess is one of the wildest …

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  • Mock emergency drill

    Nine hospitals within 12 counties in Arkansas participated in mock emergency drills today, including White River Medical Center. Stacy Wright (in red) acted as a hostile gunman during the exercise. The Independence County SWAT team talk with Wright about the incident. Members from the Office …

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  • Man gets 30 years for shooting at cops

    James Perkins A man charged with shooting at police officers after a high-speed chase has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp handed down the sentence last week when James C. Perkins, 41, of  Newark pled guilty to the charges …

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  • Bia Maria’s opens in Southside

    SOUTHSIDE — Made-from-scratch, low-gluten pasta with homemade sauces, hot wings, and fresh salad bar are just a few of the extended menu items being offered at the all new Bia Maria’s Eatery, 1600 Batesville Blvd., across from Mark Martin Ford. “We have a menu for …

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  • Drug dog alerts on car

    A Batesville man was arrested after a drug dog alerted on his car late Wednesday night, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill said he was patrolling along Dry Run Circle where recent illegal activity had been reported …

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  • Experts explore Southwest Trail

    (Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a three-part series about recent research into the Old Military Road/Southwest Trail in two of the Independence County communities, Walnut Grove and Hazel Grove, through which the trail passed.)   WALNUT GROVE — An examination of a …

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  • Melbourne voters approve 1-cent tax

    MELBOURNE — Road improvements, economic development and Ozarka College at Melbourne are set to benefit from a 1-cent sales tax that passed Tuesday in a special citywide election. More than 200 turned out with 116 voting for and 103 voting against, according to the Izard …

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  • S-Rock council to meet

    SULPHUR ROCK — The city council of Sulphur Rock will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the city hall to consider a light agenda, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite. The aldermen will discuss city business in general, including reviewing any outstanding bills. All council meetings are …

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