• Five Generations

    The Allwhite and Marshall families gathered for Thanksgiving in Newark and took advantage of the occasion to pose for a five-generation photo. Bradley Marshall  (foreground, holding twins) and his family, including twins Brody and Blain and infant, Blakely were visiting from Joplin, Missouri. Pictured are …

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  • Auction to benefit scholarship fund

    The Independence and Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association will hold an auction for members to raise money for scholarships on Tuesday in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus. A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with the meal at …

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  • C-Ridge may renew lease

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room. Agenda items include review of financial reports, personnel reports and a two-year agreement lease renewal of the Oil Trough gym.

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  • Airport taxiway on agenda

    The Batesville Regional Airport Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the terminal building. Engineer Bob Chatman will give a report. Other business includes the taxiway extension process and terminal renovations project status. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • 11-year-old Arkansas girl hails cab … to Florida

    BRYANT (AP) — Arkansas police say an 11-year-old girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but that authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia after her parents reported her missing. Cellphone records show the girl hailed the …

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  • Bass Pro to acquire Ranger Boats

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Bass Pro of Missouri plans to acquire the Arkansas company that manufactures well-known bass boats. Bass Pro Group announced the deal Thursday to acquire Fish Holdings LLS, which manufactures Ranger, Stratos and Triton boats. The terms of the deal were not …

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  • 3rd person dies in explosion

    LAKE CITY (AP) — A third person has died following a Craighead County house explosion in November that seriously injured others. Ellis Eaton, 49, died this week at a Memphis hospital. Craighead County Assistant Chief Deputy Justin Rolland says a gas leak inside the home …

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  • Inmate takes his own life

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Officials in Washington County say an inmate who was awaiting trial in connection with a murder charge has committed suicide. Detention officers found 55-year-old David Browning Jr. of Fayetteville slumped beside his bed in a segregated cell at about 12:25 a.m. Thursday. …

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  • Arkansas gets $60M grant to expand pre-kindergarten

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal education officials say Arkansas has been awarded a significant grant to expand and improve the Arkansas Better Chance pre-kindergarten program. The grant is worth almost $15 million per year for four years and will improve and expand pre-kindergarten services in …

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  • Unpaid co-pastors make perfect team for lay-driven church

    Reprinted with permission of Arkansas United Methodist, where this feature originally appeared in the Dec. 5, 2014 print edition and online at arumc.org.   HARDY — Two co-pastors. Ten certified lay servants. An administrative assistant and a finance assistant. Eighty worshippers on an average Sunday. …

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  • Ring’s Chapel presents a Christmas musical

    CAVE CITY — The Ring’s Chapel Singers of Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will present an original Christmas musical, “A Southern Gospel Christmas: the Guiding Star,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with John R. Way, music director, and Becky Way, accompanist. The musical tells the Biblical …

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  • Jacksonport State Park announces activities

    NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park has several activities scheduled for this month at the Jacksonport Courthouse: • Christmas stocking workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will make their own stocking out of felt, glitter, ribbons and other decorations. The fee is $5. • Civil …

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