• Vacation Bible schools scheduled

    Calvary Baptist Vacation Bible school will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Monday through Aug. 1 with a free supper beginning at 5:30 each evening at Calvary Baptist Church. Children age 3 through sixth grade (just completed) will experience “Agency D3 Discover Decide Defend” …

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  • Immigrant kids being placed with sponsors

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The federal government says well more than 100 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of …

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  • Newborn blood tests may be done faster

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health leaders are trying to reduce the time it takes to determine if babies have disorders that require immediate treatment. The state health board has approved changes to newborn blood-screening regulations. Those rules would require hospitals to send samples to …

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  • 1 accused of stealing farm equipment

    BENTON, La. (AP) — A 35-year-old Arkansas man is accused of stealing equipment worth $27,000 from a farm in Plain Dealing. Bossier Parish sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says Jamie Lynn Caswell, of Fouke, Arkansas, is being held in lieu of $45,000 bond. He says Caswell …

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  • A Glance at Days Gone By

    The Barnett family boat, Miss Arkansaw, is shown anchored at a favorite destination of river outings, Greenbriar Beach. The boat in the background is the Katydid. The Miss Arkansaw was built around 1932 under the supervision of Gerald Arnold. It was 40 feet long, 10 …

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  • Senior citizens share homes

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some …

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  • Bids opened on fire training site

    One building on the riverbank could soon be razed, as a new fire training center/workforce training facility is to be built on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus. Tuesday afternoon, two members of the White River Firefighters’ Association, architects Doug Lee and …

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  • Accused rapist paroled

    A man who served three years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl has been paroled, according a notification this week from the Arkansas Community Correction. Christopher Gray, 22, who was arrested in June 2010, was sentenced to four years in prison by Circuit Judge …

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  • Accused murderer pleads not guilty 

    SEARCY (AP) — A Bald Knob man has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he fatally shot his father-in-law and assaulted his wife. Ronald Draft, 50, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree battery. He’s being held in White County jail with …

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  • Neighborhood watch nabs alleged huffer

    He ran through the briars and he ran through the brambles but a Pleasant Plains paint huffer couldn’t outrun the local neighborhood watch group, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Pleasant Plains Marshal Mark Clark said he was dispatched to the …

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  • OEM reports earthquake

    A 2.3-magnitude earthquake struck at 2:53 a.m. today, according to Independence County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Tony Younger. The location of the quake was 14 miles northeast of Cave City and 27 miles northeast of Batesville. No damages have been reported.

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  • Man passes out in patrol car

    Shortly after a man said he was ready to go to jail, he was passed out in the patrol car. According to the affidavit for arrest, Independence County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Stephens was dispatched to a farm near the county line and found 36-year-old Buddy …

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