• UACCB names interim chair

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville announces changes in the Nursing and Allied Health division, including a new interim NAH division chairwoman, Marietta Candler. Candler joined the faculty at UACCB in 1994 and has been teaching for 20 years. She holds a master …

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  • Batesville Little Pageants registration under way

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Batesville “Little Pageants,” and contestants are needed, according to Alicia Ritchie, one of the pageant volunteers. The pageants are open to Independence County residents only and will take place July 29 starting at 6 p.m. Last year’s (2014) …

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  • Vest receives felony charge

    A man who admitted to stealing wire near a cemetery on Sandtown Road is being charged with a felony. Scott Vest, 35, of Oxford faces a theft of property charge after he was stopped Sunday by Deputy Bobby Woods. Woods said he stopped Vest because …

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  • Man killed in fall at grain bin

    BLACK OAK (AP) — Authorities say a Paragould man was killed after he fell into an empty grain bin near Black Oak. Police say 54-year-old Garth Johns was working with two other men to repair storm damage to the grain bin Thursday. Johns had been …

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  • Opponents say 12-week abortion ban won’t stand

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas is trying to overturn 40 years of court precedent that abortion is legal until the point a fetus can live outside the womb, opponents of a state law that would ban the procedure 12 weeks into a pregnancy argued Thursday. …

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  • Quorum court to hear requests

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Jess B. Carpenter building located at 368 E. Main St. Independence County Judge Robert Griffin will request for approval of overtime for road employees and County Tax Collector Janet Perkey will request …

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  • Road closing Monday

    County road work will require that Jamestown Loop be closed to traffic on Monday. The closing will be from the junction with Locust Grove Road and continuing south for 1 1/2 miles, according to the Independence County Judge’s Office. Closing times will be from 8:30 …

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  • Shots fired in River Market

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say no one was injured after shots were fired in the busy River Market district downtown. Lt. Sidney Allen says a large group of teenagers was escorted out of the River Market Amphitheater on Wednesday night during the …

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  • Council reviews reports, bills

    SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council held heard a general discussion of business including monthly reports when it met recently, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite. The aldermen also reviewed monthly bills.

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  • Yellville woman pleads guilty 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Marion County woman has been sentenced to probation, a fine and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud. Thirty-six-year-old Amanda Coker admitted in Pulaski County Circuit Court Thursday that she billed the state Medicaid program in 2011 …

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  • Benefit dinner scheduled

    A barbecue sandwich dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 12 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, located at 2935 Bethesda Road near Batesville. The meal includes a pork or chicken sandwich, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, dessert and a drink. The cost …

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  • Jacksonport State Park hosts exhibition

    JACKSONPORT — The Hugo and Gayne Preller’s House of Light traveling exhibition opens at 10 a.m. July 12 at Jacksonport State Park, with a short presentation and book signing by curator Chris Engholm and the couple’s granddaughter, Gayne Preller Schmidt. The exhibition recounts Hugo and …

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