• Fox attempting to break new ground with ‘Utopia’

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — It appears as if almost anything might be possible in “Utopia.” Whether its ensuring participants can legally hunt, readying for wildfires or accounting for an impending pregnancy, the masterminds behind the new Fox unscripted society-building series have prepared for every …

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  • Hurricane Norbert churns off Mexico

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said early today that Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph. It’s centered about 165 miles …

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  • Argentine dinosaur may shed light on huge beasts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur — a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants — have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or “fearing nothing.” Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, September 5 – Sunday, September 7, 2014.

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  • Carnival, Billy Joe Royal highlight TNT Festival

    NEWARK — Newark’s Times-N-Tradition Festival turns 20 this year and will feature something it’s never had before — a carnival. “We’re excited to get a carnival. We’ve never had a carnival at this festival,” said Ernie Pectol, one of the organizers. “I’ve always wanted to …

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  • Man passes out with beer on neighbor’s sofa

    Walking right in, sitting right down and going to sleep on his neighbor’s sofa got Ricky W. Willis arrested Sunday morning. Deputy Shawn Stephens said he was the first officer to arrive at #12 Hidden Valley Trailer Park around 1 a.m. where Willis, 61, of …

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  • Two arrested, third sought in car theft

    When a found backpack was turned into Oaks 7 Cinema just before midnight Sunday, employee Sheldon Davis thought it looked familiar. Upon closer inspection he discovered it was his and should have been in the backseat of his 1990 Subaru station wagon parked outside. When …

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  • Southside awarded $10K science grant – Enrollment up from last year

    SOUTHSIDE — Students at Southside Middle School will soon be getting their hands dirty in the name of science after the school recently received a $10,000 grant from The Monsanto Fund to purchase 25 Google Chromebook computers and two research-based module kits to be shared …

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  • Final dog bath/dip of year set

    The Humane Society of Independence County is having its final dog bath/dip and vaccination clinic of the year Saturday. The bath/dip will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted. The vaccination clinic will begin at 10. Dr. Nanci Solis will be …

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  • Police: Man kills teenager, self

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro police say a man has killed a teenager he dated before fleeing her home and killing himself. Lt. Stephen McDaniel says 17-year-old Diamond Ebron was found dead Tuesday from “apparent gunshot wounds.” Witnesses told police 26-year-old Kenneth Thomas shot Ebron with …

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  • Early voting nears in school elections

    Early voting in the annual school board elections will begin Tuesday and continue until noon Sept. 15. All schools in Independence County have agreed to have early voting since there are no contested races or millage changes, County Clerk Tracey Mitchell said, and no voting …

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  • Library to discuss strategic plan

    The Independence County Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex at 285 E. College St. Agenda items include continued discussion of the library’s strategic plan and activities. Meetings are open to the public.

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