• Inmate death investigated

    MARKED TREE (AP) — Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a 37-year-old inmate found dead in his jail cell. A Marked Tree Police Department employee found 37-year-old James Ford on Sept. 20. The employee says Ford was found hanging by a bed sheet …

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  • Son shares story of Iwo Jima flag-raising

    James Bradley remembers sitting in a booster seat, a barber cutting his hair, talking about the man pictured on the wall of his shop. It’s his first memory of seeing the black-and white photo in which his dad is pictured second from right. John Bradley …

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  • Storm downs trees, power lines around state

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Utility crews have been working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses that lost service when severe storms raked Arkansas. Storms with winds exceeding 60 mph hit Arkansas Thursday, knocking over trees and power lines and disrupting a number …

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  • Knife incident ends in arrest

    The suspect says he was trying to protect an old man from out-of-town thugs, but the witnesses gave a different story. After fleeing Benny Dodd’s residence on Dry Run Circle Wednesday evening, Genio A. Corley, 53, of Batesville told arresting officers that he was there …

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  • Melbourne schools awarded for improvement

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School District was awarded a plaque for five consecutive years of math improvement when the Melbourne School Board met Sept. 29. In other business and a reorganization of the school board, member Phillip Edwards was named president, Robert Cooper, vice president, …

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  • Free women’s self-defense class offered

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Department Community Relations Team will present Ladies Self-Awareness and Basic Self-Defense from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Officers from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department will …

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  • Student league donates table

    The 16th Judicial District’s Court Appointed Special Advocate organization is getting a gift of original art from a local student art league. Members of the league recently put the finishing touches on a uniquely designed and painted tall dining table and chairs set that will …

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  • Pryor’s Mobile Office coming to Batesville

    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s Mobile Office will head to this area to help Arkansans who may be having problems with the Veterans Administration, Social Security, or other services involving the federal government. Pryor’s staff will be in Batesville from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at …

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  • Clerk won’t reinstate Rutledge’s registration

    LITTLE ROCK — A local election official in Arkansas said Thursday he won’t reverse his decision to cancel Republican attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge’s voter registration over her being on voter rolls out of state, telling the GOP candidate she’ll have to re-register. An attorney …

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  • Group suing Greenwood over annexation proposal

    GREENWOOD (AP) — A homeowners group in western Arkansas is asking a court to remove an annexation proposal from the November ballot. The Shadow Lake Estates Property Owners Association is suing the city of Greenwood. The suit claims the city didn’t follow required steps related …

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  • Police chase nets 15 years

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a police chase that injured an officer. Rory Gregory, 53, took the plea deal Thursday in Baxter County court. He pleaded guilty to …

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  • Ex-DHS official pleads guilty in bribery

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services has pleaded guilty to providing official assistance in exchange for bribes from the owner of two mental health companies. Federal officials announced Thursday that 49-year-old Steven B. Jones had pleaded …

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