• ExxonMobil restarts pipeline

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — ExxonMobil has restarted its Pegasus pipeline more than a year after a crude oil spill in Mayflower forced it to close. Southern portions of the pipeline in Texas were restarted on July 9. The section includes a 205-mile segment between Corsicana …

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  • Attorneys say polling OK

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Attorneys say Fort Smith city officials didn’t violate the state’s Freedom of Information Act by individually polling board members. Resident Jack Swink filed a lawsuit earlier this month against City Clerk Sherri Gard and four city board members. The lawsuit accuses …

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  • What’s a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee)

    NEW YORK — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in “us.” Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. “Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies,” said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing …

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  • U-Haul, U-no return, U-go to jail

    A man who rented a U-Haul in Kansas and hadn’t gotten around to returning it was taken to jail Friday. One man was taken into custody after a business owner located the stolen U-Haul truck in Batesville, according to a report filed with the Independence …

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  • Pedestrian hit by truck

    ASH FLAT — A Berryville man died in Sharp County just before midnight Thursday after jumping into U.S. Highway 63 in traffic and being struck by a vehicle, said county Detective Aaron Presser, who investigated along with the Arkansas State Police. Presser said a 911 …

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  • Dispatcher hangs up 911

    After an untold number of routine and emergency calls, and twice as many cups of coffee, over a 22-year period, Larry Duchanoy is hanging up his 911 phone. Friday was the seasoned dispatcher’s last day with the city of Batesville’s 911 Police Dispatch. “It’s time …

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  • Drug czar retires

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas Drug Director Fran Flener is retiring after more than seven years in the post. Gov. Mike Beebe’s office announced Monday that Flener is retiring effective Thursday and Steve Varady will serve as director for the rest of the year. Varady …

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  • Tax-free weekend nears

    Those waiting to buy school supplies or new clothes will have a chance to give their wallet a break by taking advantage of Arkansas’ tax-free weekend starting Saturday. The annual sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and end at 11:59 p.m. on …

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  • Teams getting ‘fired’ up for truck pull

    They’ll tug and they’ll pull and when it’s all said and done there will probably be plenty of huffing and puffing from those trying to catch their breaths. But what would one expect after trying to pull 74,700 pounds of red, white and chrome for …

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  • Woman set afire in Fox

    FOX — A relationship gone bad ended early this morning with a Stone County woman being set afire by a man who later fled in her car. “Around 1 a.m. today the Stone County 911 dispatcher got a call from a person in the Fox …

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  • Newport man dies on job

    A Newport man died Monday morning while on the job at a Batesville chicken plant, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Andrew Rogers said he was dispatched to White River Medical Center shortly before 10 a.m. where he was notified …

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  • Council to recognize dispatch supervisor’s years of service

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 tonight at city hall to recognize Joy Wilson for her 16 ½ years of service. The agenda also includes a resolution to authorize the mayor to enter into a contract for the firefighters training/workforce training center, a …

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