• Crittenden voters OK tax hike

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Voters in Crittenden County have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to support the county’s financially troubled hospital. The measure is expected to generate about $30 million over five years for Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis. According to complete …

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  • ADC: Escapee stole shotgun

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Arkansas prison officials say a convicted murderer who escaped custody stole a shotgun from a house on prison grounds. The search continues for Timothy Buffington, who’s been missing since Saturday. Buffington had trusty status at the Pine Bluff Unit that allowed …

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  • Life with John E.

    Melbourne, 1948. The day Ruby Robertson moved into her new home, a young college boy was putting a roof on the house next door. The following year, they eloped and started on a journey that would last nearly 65 years. Little did she know, the …

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  • Dad’s drinking sends boy, 8, to neighbor’s

    With his father drinking heavily and the strong smell of something burning in the kitchen, an 8-year-old Batesville boy ran from his bedroom to a neighbor’s house for help Sunday night. Independence County Deputy Andrew Rogers was dispatched to a Hawkins Street address just before …

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  • ‘Ozarks’ star gets probation for gun charge

    HARDY (AP) — An Arkansas man featured on “Clash of the Ozarks” has been sentenced to three years of probation and six months of home detention after pleading guilty to a federal gun charge. Prosecutors accused Kerry Wayne Evans of illegally possessing an unregistered machine …

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  • Search still on for inmate after escape from work detail

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Arkansas’ corrections system, which is looking for a murderer who walked away from a work detail, said Monday it isn’t unusual for a killer to enjoy a special status that lets convicts perform tasks on either side of the prison fence. …

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  • Izard Co. inmates at work

    MELBOURNE — Early Monday morning, June 16, the weeds are being pulled and the tiller is busy at work in the inmate garden at the Izard County Detention Facility. The work is being done by inmates of the jail, community service workers of the Izard …

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  • Holiday traffic to be focus for state police

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State Police have announced plans for a special crackdown on drunken drivers and speeders during the coming July 4 holiday travel period. State police say troopers along with other state and local law enforcement agencies will increase sobriety checkpoints and …

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  • Izard County Fair seeking entrants

    MELBOURNE — Can you juggle or do impersonations? The Izard County Fair Youth Talent Contest needs you! The Izard County Fair Youth Talent Contest will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road in Melbourne. The Youth Talent …

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  • Death investigated as suspicious according to police chief

    HOPE (AP) — Police in Hope say the death of a man who had trauma to his body is currently being investigated as suspicious pending an autopsy. Police Chief J.R. Wilson told reporters that 29-year-old Robert Brown died at a Texarkana hospital where he was …

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  • FBI: 2 children recovered from sex trafficking

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The FBI says two juveniles have been rescued from a child sex trafficking ring in Arkansas and dozens of people have been arrested. The FBI said in a Monday news release that six pimps and 36 adult prostitutes were arrested as …

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  • 2 die in motorcycle wreck in Ozark Mountains

    HOLIDAY ISLAND (AP) — Authorities say two people from Illinois were killed in a motorcycle wreck in the Ozark Mountains in northern Arkansas. According to Arkansas State Police, the wreck happened Monday morning on Arkansas 23 in Carroll County. A preliminary report says 58-year-old Steven …

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