• ‘McHale’s Navy’ star Bob Hastings dies at 89

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. Bob Hastings was 89. Allison Knowles says her grandfather died Monday in his Burbank, California, home after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Hastings won fans on “McHale’s Navy” …

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  • ‘Celebrate America’ set for Friday

    For the 17th year, Batesville will once again “Celebrate America” on the banks of the White River this Fourth of July. For the best viewing, this year’s fireworks will be launched from Kennedy Park, which is directly across the river from Riverside Park — a …

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  • Former Pioneer’s murder trial under way

    FAYETTEVILLE — The murder trial for a former Batesville Pioneer and Razorback football player accused of killing a friend after a night of drinking last year is under way. Joshua Melton’s trial before Washington County Circuit Court Judge William Storey is expected to wrap up …

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  • Communities to host fireworks, festivities

    HEBER SPRINGS — Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. Saturday from Sandy Beach over Greers Ferry Lake. Country band Imagine That will perform at 5 p.m. Barrett Baber will perform at 7. Baber won the CBS Grammy …

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  • Child found on roadway

    A sleeping father was cited after an officer discovered a small child had left the house and was found in the street. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Gene Davis said he was dispatched to 19th and Case streets over a child in the road. He found …

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  • Daughter accused of fraud

    Eight felonies have been filed against a daughter who defrauded her mother of several hundred dollars. The affidavit for arrest claims 38-year-old Nichole Henson of Broadwater Lane forged money from Cassondra Sherill of Newport. Sherill found eight checks that had been forged in Independence County. …

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  • Offices to close for holiday

    Batesville City Hall and Batesville Water Utilities will be closed on Friday for the Fourth of July holiday. Garbage pickup will remain on the same day; crews will start at 6:30 a.m. and work until around lunch (depending on how fast they can get it …

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  • Historical sign restored

    A sign that’s more than half a century old was recently restored. The restoration project for the historical marker located on the lawn of the First Presbyterian Church on College Street cost $800, with Lyon College paying $600 and the Independence County Historical Society paying …

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  • Lives of Shakers

    Simple, plain and practical are commonly used words to describe the Shakers, a religious sect that immigrated to America in the 1700s. Known for their well-built furniture and simple lifestyle, the Shakers were very regimented in their work and religious beliefs, according to Twyla Wright …

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  • School board filing period open

    Those wanting to run in this year’s annual school board elections in September have until July 8 to file at their respective county clerk’s office. The filing period opened Tuesday and ends at noon on July 8. (County offices will be closed Friday for the …

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  • Books profits benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    What are “Cookbooks for Guys?” “These are good-tasting recipes that men can make fast because we’re lazy and we’re hungry,” author Tim Murphy said. With 14 titles in the series and more coming, Murphy has struck upon a concept that has become a cottage industry. …

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  • 60 attend career fair at Ozarka in Ash Flat

    ASH FLAT — Ozarka College at Ash Flat hosted its second annual nursing career fair on June 25 for Ozarka College licensed practical nursing students. Approximately 60 students attended, representing Ash Flat, Mammoth Spring, Melbourne, and Mountain View nursing programs.  Students learned good resume tips …

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