• Man passes out with beer on neighbor’s sofa

    Walking right in, sitting right down and going to sleep on his neighbor’s sofa got Ricky W. Willis arrested Sunday morning. Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was the first officer to arrive at #12 Hidden Valley Trailer Park around 1 a.m. where Willis, 61, of …

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  • Two arrested, third sought in car theft

    When a found backpack was turned into Oaks 7 Cinema just before midnight Sunday, employee Sheldon Davis thought it looked familiar. Upon closer inspection he discovered it was his and should have been in the backseat of his 1990 Subaru station wagon parked outside. When …

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  • Southside awarded $10K science grant – Enrollment up from last year

    SOUTHSIDE — Students at Southside Middle School will soon be getting their hands dirty in the name of science after the school recently received a $10,000 grant from The Monsanto Fund to purchase 25 Google Chromebook computers and two research-based module kits to be shared …

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  • Final dog bath/dip of year set

    The Humane Society of Independence County is having its final dog bath/dip and vaccination clinic of the year Saturday. The bath/dip will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted. The vaccination clinic will begin at 10. Dr. Nanci Solis will be …

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  • Police: Man kills teenager, self

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police say a man has killed a teenager he dated before fleeing her home and killing himself. Lt. Stephen McDaniel says 17-year-old Diamond Ebron was found dead Tuesday from “apparent gunshot wounds.” Witnesses told police 26-year-old Kenneth Thomas shot Ebron with …

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  • Early voting nears in school elections

    Early voting in the annual school board elections will begin Tuesday and continue until noon Sept. 15. All schools in Independence County have agreed to have early voting since there are no contested races or millage changes, County Clerk Tracey Mitchell said, and no voting …

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  • Library to discuss strategic plan

    The Independence County Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex at 285 E. College St. Agenda items include continued discussion of the library’s strategic plan and activities. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Miss. holds first tax-free sportsmen holiday

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — If you’re a sportsman, this weekend is your holiday. Mississippi’s inaugural tax-free holiday will begin Friday. It runs through Sunday. The Legislature passed a law creating an annual tax-free weekend in September. The law went into effect on July 1. The …

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  • Jonesboro to use grant for police body cameras

    JONESBORO (AP) — The Jonesboro City Council has approved buying tasers and body cameras for some of its police officers. The purchase with a $12,000 grant was approved Tuesday night. The funding for the equipment is from the Department of Justice. Mayor Harold Perrin says …

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  • 10th anniversary events planned for Clinton library

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A series of events is planned in Little Rock this November to mark the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center and to recognize the major economic boost the former president’s library has brought to the city. The Clinton Foundation plans …

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  • City to stream meetings online

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Members of Fort Smith’s board of directors want to broadcast their meetings on the Internet, perhaps as early as this month. The board televises its meetings on a local cable television channel. The board intends to live-stream meetings through the city’s …

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  • EHC to host fundraiser

    The Extension Homemaker Club will host a lunch fundraiser 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Extension Office located at 1770 Myers St. Lunch will include a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans, chips and cookies for $7. Lunches are available for pick up and deliveries …

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