• Judge: Prison proposal in ‘infancy stage’

    The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) needs another prison and is soliciting request for proposals from interested communities for a 1,000-bed prison that will cost $100 million, bring 260-500 jobs paying an average of $12.75 an hour, and mean millions in tax dollars. A state …

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  • Inmate given chill pill instead of Tylenol

    An inmate at the jail who was demanding Tylenol was given a chill pill instead after officers had to forcefully take him down. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Aaron Moody said all available officers were dispatched to the jail Tuesday because Kip Allen Collins, 46, of …

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  • Teacher charged with rape

    SILOAM SPRINGS (AP) — Siloam Springs police have charged a 32-year-old teacher in the rape of a 13-year-old boy. Mary Faith McCormick was arrested Wednesday evening. She’s listed as a teacher on the Siloam Springs Intermediate School website. Police say she started the relationship with …

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  • Man sentenced for punching tot

    TEXARKANA (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to six years in prison for punching a 15-month-old girl and fracturing her skull. A Miller County jury gave 30-year-old Brock Jernigan a maximum sentence Wednesday afternoon. Jurors found Jernigan guilty of second-degree battery in the …

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  • Roberts named WRHS Foundation director

    Amanda Roberts of Batesville has been named director of White River Health System’s Foundation, according to an announcement from Gary Bebow, CEO of WRHS. As director, Roberts is responsible for the advancement of the WRHS Foundation through effective leadership, cultivation, implementation and administration of Foundation …

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  • Home invader gets five years

    Last October, several suspects wearing ski masks with guns entered a home, robbed, tied up the victims and made off with approximately $15,000 in cash. Austin L. Sieber, address unknown, was one of those men and was recently sentenced in Independence Circuit Court by 16th …

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  • Melon festival winners announced

    CAVE CITY — Although rain began falling about the time the prize melon auction began Saturday evening at the Cave City Park, the melon auction and donations raised $10,000 for the watermelon festival association to give to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, said Charles Landers, president of …

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  • Independence County Municipal filings end Friday

    Electoral filings in the smaller municipalities of Independence County end at noon Friday, according to County Clerk Tracey Mitchell. Latest reported position filings (as of Wednesday) include: • Cushman — Lora J. Weatherford, mayor; Joey Parks, city council position 2; Tina Burns, city council position 3; …

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  • Road committee to meet

    The Independence County Quorum Court road committee will meet at 6 p.m. Friday at the county courthouse to discuss county roads. Members of this committee are Justices of the Peace Brent Henderson, Jason Jones, Kenny Hurley, Gary Bridgman and Anne Moore. All meetings are open …

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  • Reimbursement to be sought for April floods

    ASH FLAT — Sharp County Judge Larry Brown notified the count’s quorum court Monday that all project worksheets for FEMA have been signed and that estimated damage from the April flood was $2,115,000. “FEMA should pay the county 75 percent of that amount and ADEM …

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  • Hughes School District eyes consolidation options

    HUGHES (AP) — A school district in east Arkansas is exploring options for consolidation after the state said it doesn’t have enough students to continue as an independent public school system. The Arkansas Department of Education said the district will have to consolidate or annex …

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  • Jonesboro voters OK reallocation of tax revenue

    JONESBORO (AP) — Voters in Jonesboro have passed a measure in a special election to reallocate revenue from a citywide sales tax. The measure’s passage Tuesday authorizes Jonesboro officials to use the revenue for salaries and operational expenses. A temporary half-percent city tax expires in …

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