• Report: More Ark. children receiving immunizations

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A new report says more Arkansas children are likely to receive immunizations, dental care and mental health services than they were seven years ago. But the report from several organizations also shows Arkansas children need better access to medical care, more …

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  • Sharp voters reject hospital tax

    ASH FLAT — The ones who are disappointed this morning turn out to be few in number after Sharp County residents numbering nearly 3 to 1 nixed plans in Tuesday’s special election to fund a county-owned and operated hospital with a 1 1/2-cent sales tax …

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  • Ex-trooper pleads to probation

    ASH FLAT — A total of 24 months probation was given to a former state trooper who was arrested and charged in February. Seth Higginbottom pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a class D felony charge, and was sentenced to 24 months supervised probation this …

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  • Man reported missing

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in helping find Luther Olinger. Olinger is a white male, 65, and has not been seen since 5 p.m. Tuesday. Olinger is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 165 pounds with brown eyes and …

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  • Izard woman charged with forgery

    MELBOURNE — A Calico Rock woman is being charged on a warrant accusing of her cashing forged checks at a local store. Tammy Gayle Robison, 45, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of forgery after she allegedly cashed three checks on another person’s …

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  • Woman taken to jail alone

    A woman who claimed she had been hit in the nose and wanted the person to go to jail ended up going alone. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Shawn Stephens said he was called to 519 Stacey Drive for a possible disturbance and he met 51-year-old …

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  • Benefit set to help cancer patient

    OIL TROUGH — There will be a benefit fundraiser for Jeannie Hawkins Ivie to help with her expenses for treatment of ovarian cancer. The event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough Community Center. There will be chili, hot …

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  • Quorum court takes steps to courthouse elevator improvements

    The county is one step closer to getting an elevator at the Independence County Courthouse. Justices of the peace passed a resolution at Monday night’s quorum court meeting approving electrical improvements needed for the future installation of an elevator. County Judge Robert Griffin said the …

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  • Glass Slipper Project opens doors, provides free prom dresses

    The Batesville High School Glass Slipper Project is once again opening its doors to students to shop for dresses this prom season. The project, held on the bottom floor of the old middle school auditorium on Water Street, provides free dresses and accessories to Batesville …

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  • Museum to offer free programs

    The staff and volunteers at Old Independence Regional Museum will be hosting a free series of programs for seniors in 2014 on the last Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., said Amanda Nikkel, humanities educator. “The next program will be March 25 and will …

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  • Shoffner convicted

    LITTLE ROCK — A jury convicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner of federal bribery and extortion charges Tuesday, saying her acceptance of $36,000 from a bond trader who did business with the state was a felony rather than just a lapse in ethical judgment. Shoffner …

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  • Lyon workshop focuses on helping professors develop assessment skills

    In an effort to support the campus community members who are working on assessment reports, the Institutional Assessment Committee at Lyon College offered a hands-on workshop focusing on how to create and implement effective student learning outcomes for faculty and staff, especially those who have …

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