• Leveritt to speak at museum Sept. 14

    Mara Leveritt, recipient of several prestigious writers awards, will be the featured speaker at Old Independence Regional Museum’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sept. 14. She is a contributing editor to the Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year. Leveritt has reported for …

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  • C-Ridge quizzers awarded rings

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District’s senior high quiz bowl team won the 2A state championship game in April and now they have the hardware to prove it. The Cedar Ridge School Board presented state championship rings to the team, coach Carol Woods and …

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  • Izard sheriff reminds drivers of school bus safety

    MELBOURNE — Some 25 million students nationwide began riding school buses last week, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said in a news release, and according to the National Safety Council and other safety organizations, there are some basic safety rules that students should follow to …

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  • Jonesboro police chief resigns

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro’s police chief has resigned three days after being suspended without pay because of derogatory statements he made on Facebook about a reporter. Michael Yates submitted a resignation letter to Mayor Harold Perrin on Monday, saying he carefully considered his position and …

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  • ICED to meet

    The Independence County Economic Development Inc. will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Blair and Stroud law office, 500 E. Main St., Room 212. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Sharp County road closed

    POUGHKEEPSIE — Bilbrey Road, one-quarter mile off Highway 58, will be closed until Sept. 2 for bridge repairs, Dan Melbourne, Sharp County road superintendent, said this morning.

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  • Council to consider repairs for vehicle damaged on 20th Street

    The Batesville City Council will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 tonight at city hall. The agenda includes a request from a citizen regarding repair for vehicle damages incurred on 20th Street, a report from City Engineer Damon Johnson and comments from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh. …

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  • Officials ID body found in river

    JONESBORO (AP) — Officials in northeastern Arkansas have identified a body found during the weekend in the Current River. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the body is that of 27-year-old Robin Due of Maynard. Due’s body was found Sunday afternoon by Arkansas …

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  • Inmate escapes during transport

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities say a Pulaski County jail inmate escaped while being taken to the county courthouse. Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden says 30-year-old inmate Anael Castro-Hernandez escaped about 8 a.m. in downtown Little Rock. Minden told reporters that Castro-Hernandez escaped while being escorted …

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  • Baxter County officials warn of dangerous animal

    BUFORD (AP) — The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says a canine/wolf hybrid mix has escaped its pen this afternoon in the Buford area. Sheriff John Montgomery says the animal’s owner notified authorities Monday that the animal was not in its pen when she arrived home. …

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  • Beset by money woes, Crittenden hospital to close

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — The Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis stopped admitting patients Monday and will shut down permanently on Sept. 7, despite the recent passage of a sales tax increase intended to help the financially struggling facility. The hospital announced the closure in …

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  • Salvation Army offers Little Rock cooling center

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock’s Salvation Army opened its cooling center for the first time this summer to provide the city’s homeless population with an outlet to escape extreme heat. The center opened Monday following a weekend heat advisory by the National Weather Service. …

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