• House Republican Caucus to host town hall meeting

    Members of the Arkansas House Republican Caucus and two local candidates are seeking feedback from their constituents on the legislative proposals known as the “J.O.B.S.” plan. For several months, caucus members have been discussing their legislative agenda for the 2015 session, and now they want …

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  • Griffin speaks – Boy born with cleft lip, palate, autism to train with dolphins

    NEWARK — When Doug and Tiffany Cossey’s son was born, they had no way of knowing at the time that his cleft lip and palate would not be his only challenge in life. Griffin Cossey would later be diagnosed with autism, and his parents have …

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  • 15-year-old writes book, hopes to see as TV series

    NEWARK — While many teen girls are concerned with the latest fashions, cell phones and their friends, 15-year-old Abby Summers has bigger issues — like how to convince major Hollywood producers to turn her book into a television series. Summers has recently published her first …

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  • Appliances taken in home burglary

    From microwave oven to 4-ton heat pump, every appliance — and even a metal outbuilding — were stolen from a local home recently. Independence County Deputy Carey Thomas said the items were discovered missing from a residence on Kari Brook Lane when a Citizens Bank …

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  • Country singer’s plane crash still mysterious

    When country music great Jim Reeves and his piano player/road manager Dean Manuel flew out of the Batesville Airport 50 years ago today on their way back to Nashville, Tennessee, they had no idea it was their last ride — or that five decades later, …

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  • 2 plead guilty to federal drug conspiracy charge

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says two men with ties to a drug cartel have pleaded guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to transport cocaine from Mexico to Little Rock for distribution in central Arkansas. U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer says Mohammed …

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  • Arkansas man gets life in prison for 2013 killing

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas jury sentenced a man to life in prison for a murder that was done in retaliation for missing crack cocaine. A Miller County jury returned the verdict for 26-year-old Serandon Ramon Starling on Wednesday afternoon. It took the jury …

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  • Little Rock Police to encrypt radio transmissions

    LITTLE ROCK(AP) — The Little Rock Police Department will block public access from most of its radio transmissions. A new encryption will go into effect tonight. That means day-to-day radio calls ranging from bank robberies to traffic accidents will no longer be available. Police say …

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  • Police: Man tried to mail meth to jail 

    JONESBORO (AP) — Police say twin brothers in Arkansas will soon be together after one tried to mail methamphetamine to the other who was in jail. Twenty-seven year-olds Brandon and David Buck were charged July 2 for meth possession. David Buck posted bond, but his …

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  • ENT specialist joins WRMC staff

    Dr. Brian Lawton has joined the staff of Batesville Surgery and CT Imaging, according to a news release. He joins Drs. Hunter Brown, Rob Emery, Jay Jeffrey, David Posey, Todd Rumans and David Yarnell. Specializing in otolaryngology (otherwise known as ear, nose and throat, or …

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  • Guitar concert to be Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK — Finger Food, an instrumental guitar concert series, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Fox Creek BBQ, located at 129 Lawrence St. in Batesville. The guitarists perform “in the round” and trade songs and stories about their compositions and their …

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  • Hillcrest to collect school supplies

    STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest School District will collect school supply donations from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at Sandra’s Snazzy Snips located near the intersection at Strawberry. Donations also can be dropped off at the salon during business hours between now and when school …

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