• Death row inmate dies in hospital

    MALVERN (AP) — Prison officials say an Arkansas death row inmate has died at a hospital after falling ill. Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says 61-year-old Joe Louis Dansby died Monday night at a Malvern hospital. Wilson says Dansby had been ill for much …

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  • School filings continue; race forms

    The filing period for September’s school board elections continued today, but as of 8:15 a.m., only one race marked the ballot, according to information from area county clerk offices. A race has formed in Sharp County on the Highland School Board for Position 4 between …

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  • Cool off in a show cave in Arkansas

    When the weather turns hot each summer, some travelers look for escapes from the heat and humidity. One way to survive sweltering temperatures is to seek shade in an Arkansas show cave. Eight properties around the state offer a chance to see the underside of …

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  • Sharp GOP women to meet

    HARDY — The Sharp County Republican Women will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bob & Sandy’s BarBQ Restaurant, located at 5 JoJo in Hardy, at the top of the hill behind the motels and gas station. The meeting is open to the public. For …

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  • Music strikes chord with teen in blind program

    Working in a music store struck just the right chord with 17-year-old Andrew Summers of Newark, who was recently among teens graduating from Jump Start, a career development program for high school students who are blind or severely visually impaired. The unique program, which was …

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  • Group submits petitions for expanded alcohol sales

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot. Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures today to the secretary of state’s office to put …

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  • City council to consider water, sewer rates

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to hear the third and final reading of an ordinance raising water and sewer rates and fees. The council plans to provide oversight of utility rates. The Main Street Batesville Streetscape Advisory …

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  • One dead in Fulton County crash

    A head-on crash around 5:30 p.m. Saturday claimed the life of a Caulfield, Missouri man, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Britt Clements. Killed was David Stratton, 38, whose 2000 GMC Jimmy SUV crossed the center line and struck the 2003 Dodge pickup driven by …

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  • Group considers offer to buy parcels in industrial park

    The Batesville-Independence County Economic Development Corporation will meet at 4 p.m. today at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce to select officers and consider a cash offer to purchase certain parcels at the Batesville Industrial Park (not to be confused with the Batesville Business Park …

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  • Rebates for storm shelters available

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will soon begin accepting applications for its shelter rebate program. To be eligible for the program, the agency says people have to have installed an above-ground safe room or in-ground shelter after Jan. 21, …

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  • Fair deadlines this week

    The online registration deadline for Independence County Fair exhibits in the educational building is today, announced Pam Lloyd with the fair board. Also, the deadline for the pageants and youth talent is Tuesday, “and we definitely need entries,” Lloyd said. “We will be at the …

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  • Water authority to hear reports

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Public Water Authority will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1401 Batesville Blvd. Agenda items include presentation of the 2013 annual audit, a manager’s report, approval of water and wastewater bills as well as review of June water and wastewater financial …

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