• Invasive beetle confirmed 

    HOPE (AP) — State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties. The Arkansas State Plant Board and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture say the emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, …

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  • Women’s Outdoor Weekend registration begins

    BULL SHOALS — Bull Shoals-White River State Park will host a Women’s Outdoor Weekend Oct. 3 through 5. Participants will attend workshop sessions about basic camping/backpacking skills, beginning bird watching, introduction to fly fishing, beginning kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and others. All gear and meals …

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  • Horse show winners announced

    Pepper Rutledge won Best of Show at the 2014 Independence County Fair Horse Show, which was held Wednesday night. Other winners have been announced as follows: Senior Showmanship — Lesley Jennings Junior Showmanship — Halle Musick Cloverbud Showmanship — Shali Lovell Grand Champion pony — …

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  • Check your doctor’s vitals first

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up …

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  • County gets $150K grant for elevator

    Going up? Independence County received a $150,000 County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant to install an elevator at the 1940 courthouse. Gov. Mike Beebe announced last week that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,043,454 in grants for …

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  • Veterans, country music concerts close fair – Jesse Keith Whitley, Georgette Jones perform with Lorrie Morgan

    Cool weather, country music and a veterans tribute helped bring in thousands to the 94th annual Independence County Fair Friday and Saturday, making it likely one of the largest crowds for the events in recent years. Friday night’s attendance numbered an estimated 3,900 and the …

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  • Man accused of hitting girlfriend

    A local man was accused of hitting his girlfriend last week, according to a report filed with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Cherry Levon Lewis, 23, of Batesville said her boyfriend Christopher J. Rohrscheib, 29, had choked her and hit her several times. She was …

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  • Pregnant woman killed

    FORT SMITH (AP) — Arkansas police say they have arrested a man who confessed to stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department says 21-year-old Douglas True called 911 just before noon on Sunday. Grubbs says True told …

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  • 160-mile-long yard sale slated along U.S. 64

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A yard sale stretching 160 miles along U.S. 64 in Arkansas is planned for next month. Bargains Galore on 64 will Aug. 7-9 and stretch from Fort Smith to Beebe. It’ll be open to both shoppers and vendors. Event coordinator Linda …

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  • Cave City Council planning new street

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cave City Community Center to discuss a new street, drilling a new well and discuss water distribution lines for its rural system, said Mayor Ron Burge. The planned new street …

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  • Tax delinquent land sale set for Independence County

    A public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in Independence County will be held at the Independence County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Aug. 6, according to John Thurston, Arkansas commissioner of state lands. Registration will begin at 9:30. Recent legislation has affected the …

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  • Municipal filings to start Friday

    The filing period for 2014 municipal offices will open at 8 a.m. Friday and run through noon Aug. 15, according to the Independence County Clerk’s Office. This includes municipal positions in all cities except for Batesville, which had a filing period April 30-May 19. On …

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