• Neighborhood watch meetings announced

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains neighborhood watch meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the community center. For more information call (870) 834-7066.

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  • Southside Methodist VBS to begin Saturday

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside Methodist Church will hold its vacation Bible school beginning Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and concluding with a Wednesday evening program at 6. This year’s theme is “Workshop of Wonders, Imagine & Build With God.” The event is for children ages …

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  • National Forest caves closed; forest managers hopeful a cure can be found for deadly bat disease

    RUSSELLVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service has extended the closure order for all caves and mines on National Forest system lands until 2019 to help prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal for many species of bats. “Scientists are working on potential solutions …

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  • Fort Smith airport traffic up in first part of ’14

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Officials say passenger traffic at Fort Smith Regional Airport is up by more than 7 percent in the first five months of this year. Airport operations director Michael Griffin says a large percentage of the airport’s traffic comes from business travelers. …

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  • A fairy-tale engagement

    When Maggie Hance told her boyfriend, Drew Nolley, about a proposal she witnessed at Disney World, she never imagined he’d propose to her at Stirling Castle in Scotland during a Nichols trip with Lyon College students and faculty members. “I was at Disney for a …

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  • Carnival changes things up

    There’s some big changes in store for the 2014 White River Water Carnival: The parade will be moved, drag races and food vendors have been added and a country artist will perform. The news was announced on Friday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. …

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  • Thefts caught on camera; women charged

    Tired of things being stolen from his property, a recent Independence County theft victim recently installed a night vision capable game camera inside a shed. When the shed was broken into again earlier this month the secret photos were taken to the Independence County Sheriff’s …

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  • Third arrest in three weeks for man

    MELBOURNE — For the third time in as about as many weeks, a Horseshoe Bend man has been arrested on criminal trespass charges, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Timothy Scot Cannon, 22, of 1315 Summer Lane was jailed Wednesday on this charge. Lawrence …

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  • Pastor jailed for DWI

    A pastor who partook of a little too much wine was cited for careless driving and DWI Sunday night. Deputy Zack Rawlings said he was called to the Kroger parking lot around 6:21 p.m. regarding a three-vehicle accident and made contact with a woman who …

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  • Construction at SHS continues

    SOUTHSIDE — When Southside High School students return to classes on Aug. 18 a new media center, art room and six classrooms will likely be there for them to use. Construction of the rooms, which is part of the new high school building project’s second …

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  • Couple announces they want place to ‘hide out’ in Sharp Co.

    ASH FLAT — On Thursday, a couple drove to a landowner’s house in the Simstown area of Sharp County in a red Mercury Marquis looking for a place to camp in the woods. The driver advised the landowner that he and his girlfriend were from …

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  • Red Cross appeals for summer blood donations

    The American Red Cross has issued an appeal for blood donors in order to prevent a summer shortage of blood. Donors of all types are encouraged to schedule an appointment, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative is …

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