• Bark in the Park to crown best costume, trick, kisser, more

    The Humane Society of Independence County is hosting its sixth annual “Bark in the Park” Doggie Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday centered around the amphitheater at Riverside Park in Batesville. The schedule is: • Best dog competition I (best dancer, best kisser, best …

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  • Backers ask court to dismiss alcohol-sales lawsuit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Backers of a measure that would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties are asking the state’s highest court to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to remove the proposal from the November ballot. Representatives from Let Arkansas Decide filed court papers …

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  • Searcy fire inspector recalls Columbine school shooting

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy Fire Department Fire Inspector Brian Simpson was on the scene during the Columbine High School massacre 15 years ago, and remembers it sounding “like Vietnam.” Simpson, 57, became Searcy’s fire inspector earlier this year. He said he was “a paramedic captain” …

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  • Calico Rock teacher named regional finalist

    LITTLE ROCK — Fifteen outstanding teachers from around the state have been selected as 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year regional finalists and will be recognized later this month by Gov. Mike Beebe. The top four finalists will be announced at the event. “Each year …

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  • Northside Fire Department to hold open house

    Northside Fire Department will have an open house at its new facility from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The new fire station is located at 4355 N. St. Louis St., just north of Batesville. Food will be provided by First Community Bank, Hawgs Exxon, Pepsi …

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  • 1 arrested in fatal shooting

    CEDARVILLE (AP) — Crawford County deputies have arrested a Cedarville man on suspicion of second-degree murder in a shooting that was initially called an act of self-defense. The 31-year-old man was arrested Tuesday for the Aug. 2 shooting of 41-year-old Brian Fisher. The suspect is …

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  • AG released from hospital

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been released from a Little Rock hospital after he was admitted a day earlier for an adverse reaction to a new medication. McDaniel was released from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Tuesday. …

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  • Pulaski County voters approve new school district

    JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Jacksonville and north Pulaski County voters have overwhelmingly approved the creation of a new school district. Pulaski County officials say initial results of the vote Tuesday show that nearly 96 percent of voters supported separating from the Pulaski County Special School District. …

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  • Sew with Cotton calling for entries

    The annual Farm Bureau Sew with Cotton Contest is calling for entries for the contest that will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Farm Bureau Insurance located at 805 Neeley St. Adults and youth who are age 14 by Aug. 1 are invited …

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  • UACCB to offer GED practice test

    University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will offer the GED Ready Test for free and with no obligation to enroll in classes between Sept. 22 and Oct. 3, according to a news release. The “See for Free” campaign is offered to individuals 18 years …

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  • 25th Annual Herb Fall Festival scheduled at Ozark Folk Center

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The 25th Annual Herb Fall Festival will be Oct. 3 and 4 at Ozark Folk Center State Park. This year’s focus is on the culinary herbs, fiber arts and medicinal remedies of the British Isles. Justin M. Nolan, Ph.D., associate professor of …

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  • Artist of the Month announced

    ASH FLAT — September Artist of the Month at Ash Flat Library is Dr. Earl Belcher. Belcher is a local resident known for his writing. He began photography as a hobby to document his travels to Poland, Spain, Vienna and Canada with a Lieca camera. …

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