• University changes decision on gay health benefits 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas System has reversed its decision to include same-sex couples in the health benefits that is offered to spouses. UA attorney Fred Harrison on Tuesday cited a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that stays a lower court’s …

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  • UACCB hires new library director

    Dr. Tony Garrett has been selected as the new library director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Formally the head of reference and access services at Troy Campus Library, Troy University, Garrett earned his doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University and …

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    *** Final Primary Election Results – Independence County

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  • Sharp County honors police officers

    ASH FLAT —Tommie and Jack Richardson have been in attendance for the annual police officer memorial for the past 20 years. Their son Jeff was killed during an officer assist emergency in 1993. His name is the only one engraved on the memorial marker at …

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  • Southside teachers vie for grants

    SOUTHSIDE — Eight projects conceived by educators are being evaluated for funding from $5,000 in grant monies available in the second annual Citizens Bank Education Initiative for the Southside School District.  The applications will be reviewed and selected by a panel representing Lyon College; grant …

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  • Toddler with ax found roaming; couple arrested

    MELBOURNE — An Oxford couple was arrested last week after a toddler was found roaming the neighborhood carrying an ax, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Mary Katherine Dehli, 32, and James Edward Filchack, 40, were arrested May 13 for endangering the welfare of …

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  • Electronics, alcohol, gun, copper reported stolen

    Most of the items taken from a home on 17th Street were electronics, but they also tossed in a bottle of scotch. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Randy Jones said he was dispatched to the residence and spoke with Jimmie Liles who said he had came …

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  • Unity Fest to feature Combs, fish dinner, giveaways

    A 2014 Kia Soul signed by Mark Martin, a Bad Boy MZ Mower and big-screen HD TV will all be given away at the ninth annual Unity Fest on the River, set for May 31 at Riverside Park. Tickets are still $10 and include a …

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  • AG certifies language for alcohol sales proposal 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has cleared the way for supporters to begin gathering signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales in every Arkansas county. On Monday, McDaniel approved the text and ballot title of the proposal that …

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  • Magness man arrested for drugs

    Driving with an obstructed view of his license plate resulted in the arrest and numerous charges against a Batesville man who was stopped near Pleasant Plains Saturday night. Marshal Mark Clark said he was patrolling along Highway 157 and Blackland Road where he came upon …

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  • ‘Bug Run’ to benefit sheriff’s ranch

    A “Bug Run” motorcycle benefit will be held Saturday to benefit the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch. Registration will be 4 to 6 p.m., dinner from 6-7 and ride out at 7 at 100 St. Vincent Place. The family-friendly cookout will feature live music by Blue …

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  • Dollar General awards grant

    NEWARK — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Friends of the Timberwolves, a nonprofit organization that supports education, in Newark a literacy grant in the amount of $2,000 to support adult, family and summer literacy programs, according to a news release. This local grant …

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