• KIDS to hold meeting

    Keep Independence Dry and Safe will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. For more information visit www.keepindependencedrysafe.com or visit the group on Facebook.

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  • Report: Arkansas revenue dips

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An expected drop in corporate income tax collections last month pushed Arkansas’ revenue below what was forecast, and it also was lower than the state’s revenue for May of last year, the state’s Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday. With …

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  • New Ozark-St. Francis forests supervisor announced

    RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — The new supervisor for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests has been announced. Reggie Blackwell will take over as supervisor of the forests starting June 8. Blackwell will supervise about 200 employees who work on the more than 1.2 million acres of the …

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  • Hot Springs group to release downtown plan

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A task force that has developed a plan for Hot Springs’ downtown area is to release its findings. The Downtown Game Plan Task Force started work in March and is to detail its proposals at an event at 2 p.m. Wednesday …

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  • New Orleans man drowns in Buffalo National River

    WOOLUM (AP) — Authorities say a 49-year-old Louisiana man has drowned in the Buffalo National River while on a canoe trip with his son’s Boy Scout troop. Searcy County Sheriff Donald Ragland says David Donaldson of New Orleans drowned Monday afternoon in the Robinson Hole …

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  • UCA names scholarship recipients

    CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas recently announced that 1,064 students will receive academic scholarships starting fall 2014. UCA awards five different academic scholarships to first-time entering freshmen based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. The following scholarships are awarded for up to …

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  • Stroke survivor finishes race on walker

    Tears filled Cheryl Hissong’s eyes and sweat rolled off her face and onto her trembling hands. Each time she looked up, she could see the finish line inching closer. She didn’t care she was dead last in a field of more than 2,000; dozens of …

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  • Thousands turn out for Unity Fest – $162,000 raised

    It was another record year for the Unity Fest on the River, which was held Saturday at Riverside Park. The event raised $162,000 for John 3:16 Ministries. About 4,000 people took in the fish and chicken dinner, according to Dane Bawcom, head of the ministry’s …

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  • Man beats ex, flees police

    Leaping from a motel window with a large amount of narcotics and cash after he allegedly held his former girlfriend hostage has resulted in numerous misdemeanor charges for a Batesville man. Aaron Lee Kelly, 31, of Batesville had persuaded a 27-year-old woman to leave a …

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  • No bond set for federal fugitive

    No bond has been set for Brandon Ray Brokaw, who was arrested last week on a federal fugitive warrant. Brokaw is being charged with a felony possession of firearms by certain persons. The affidavit for arrest states Brokaw was convicted of a felony on or …

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  • Man ‘welcomed’ with trip to jail after wrecking car near Batesville sign

    DWI. Careless driving. Disorderly conduct. Resisting arrest. Michael James Robinson, 32, of Batesville faces these misdemeanor charges after he was found in a car wrecked near the Welcome to Batesville sign. Deputy Michael Moody said when he arrived Friday around 2:54 a.m. he stopped to …

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  • Relay for Life to include auction, entertainment, more

    MELBOURNE — Izard County Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Melbourne Walking Trail with the survivor lap, followed by the caregiver lap and team lap. A silent auction will begin at 7:30 and will include many items, including hunting trips, …

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