• LRSD investigates teacher’s inappropriate photo

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Little Rock School District says it’s investigating after an “inappropriate photo” on a teacher’s cell phone was transmitted onto iPads being used by students. District spokeswoman Pamela Smith says the incident occurred March 5 at Forest Heights Middle School. Smith …

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  • Delay sought in fraud trial of Ouachita Co. judge

    CAMDEN (AP) — Attorneys for Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly are asking a federal judge to delay his upcoming fraud trial currently set for next month. Hesterly’s attorneys filed a request this week to push back the judge’s trial, based on issues related to Hesterly’s …

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  • Electric grid company to break ground at LR site

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A company that manages part of the nation’s electric grid is to break ground on a regional headquarters in Little Rock, where about 50 employees will earn an average annual salary of $85,000. Midcontinent Independent System Operator, known as MISO, was …

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  • Promising start-up firm has local connection

    CHICAGO — In spring 2013, four young entrepreneurs created Algemy Inc., a company that uses algorithms — computer programs — to make investment decisions. Algemy recently partnered with a hedge fund that will provide enough money to test its investment programs. One of the founders …

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  • Man faces charges in stabbing

    A 19-year-old Batesville man is facing charges of second-degree battery after being accused of stabbing another person early Sunday morning. Detective Brian Luetschwager said he was called to 38 Amanda Drive at about 12:45 a.m. and met with Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar, who said …

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  • Floral man dead in industrial accident

    NEWPORT — An Independence County man has died from injuries he sustained in an industrial accident Tuesday afternoon in Newport. Larry Ball, 56, of Floral, an employee at Noranda Aluminum in Newport, was injured shortly before 1 p.m. when an aluminum rolling mill cradle opened …

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  • Cowboy leaving Saturday

    Tye Sturgeon is leaving on his tour of the continental United States at noon Saturday from the new horse arena on East Main Street (across from the old IUSI pole plant and south of the Hope Lutheran Church in Batesville). The trail ride is a …

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  • Teen ‘draws’ strength, inspiration with art 3 BHS students awarded

    Attempted suicide was the only “out” Mary Muit saw when a fight with her boyfriend of four years led to a near drug overdose and waking up in the hospital days later. Then she found art. But it was a teacher who recognized and encouraged …

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  • Woman cusses out ATM, taken to jail for being drunk, disorderly

    A woman who was reportedly cussing and yelling at an ATM was later arrested and charged with several misdemeanors. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Heflin said he was called to Merchants and Planters Bank on Main Street who had trouble at the ATM and was …

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  • Sharp Co. tax revenue increases

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court learned Monday that county 1-cent sales tax revenues were up $11,157 for 2014 over this time last year, said County Judge Larry Brown. This reflects taxes received from retail sales in November and December of last year, …

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  • Museum curator wins state Henry Award

    Ask anyone at the Old Independence Regional Museum, and they’ll say Twyla Gill Wright is one of the hardest workers and proponents of the museum. Now, the rest of the state has taken notice too, as Wright was honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award …

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  • Store employee accused of stealing from business

    A store employee faces a felony theft charge after she confessed to taking money. Leanna B. Bacon, 30, of Evening Shade said in a written statement that she was in a bad financial state and under a lot of stress at home as her reason …

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