• Burglar makes off with safe hidden in Budweiser carton

    Independence County deputies were kept busy with thefts and burglaries Wednesday, according to reports, but no arrests were made at that time.
    Deputy Fred Friar reported that he was dispatched that evening to North State Street on a residential burglary call. When he arrived, he was told by Tommy Winningham that between 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, someone entered his residence through the rear door, then removed a lockbox containing $2,000 in cash, 30 silver dollar coins and important paperwork.

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  • College Briefs

    Local student chosen to go on pilgrimage

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  • Louis Canada

    Louis Canada, 87, of Batesville died Sunday, June 14, 2009, in a Salina, Kan., hospital.
    Arrangements will be announced by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
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  • Donald Wright

    Donald Neil Wright, 54, died June 5, 2009, in Little Rock.
    Born May 17, 1955, at Pierre, S.D., he was the son of Carl and Anna Lois Goings Wright of Sharp County. He served in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Oklahoma and a juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, both in Norman, Okla. He was a member of the Arkansas Bar.
    Survivors include three brothers, Carl Richard Wright of Parkville, Mo., and Jimmy Lee Wright and Daniel Ross Wright, both of Olathe, Kan.
    He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  • Randy Elliott

    HARDY — Randy Lynn Elliott, 57, of Hardy died Friday, June 12, 2009, near Mammoth Spring.
    Born Oct. 18, 1951, in Harrisonville, Mo., he was the son of Ralph and Ila Beckman Elliott. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam. He was a dental technician.

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  • Izard County reports arrests

    MELBOURNE — A Brockwell man who tested positive for drugs was taken to the Izard County jail Saturday night after allegedly making a threatening call, Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.
    Eric Burke Lafleur, 44, was arrested following a call to a residence in the Bandmill community. He was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct.
    “Lafleur tested positive for cocaine, opiates and marijuana,” Lawrence said.
    Lafleur remains in jail.
    In other arrests:

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  • Family & Friends Briefs

    ‘Desperaux’ to be shown outdoors at dusk Sunday

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  • Deadline approaching for watermelon pageant

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Watermelon Pageant will be June 26-27 in the new Cave City High School Cafeteria, pageant director Carolyn Wammack said.
    June 22 is the entry deadline.
    Contests the first night beginning at 7 o’clock will include Little Miss Melon, for ages 4-5; Little Mr. Melon, ages 4-6; Petite Miss Melon, ages 6-7; Young Miss Melon, ages 8-9; Pre-Teen Miss Melon, ages 10-12; Junior Miss Melon, ages 13-15; and Queen Melon, ages 16-21.

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  • Reed, Lankford to wed

    DESHA — Jessie and Cleta Hubbard of Desha have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Carol Hubbard Reed, to Henry Charles Lankford Jr., son of Rose Mary DeWitt of Zion and the late Henry Charles Lankford Sr.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lester and Addie Lee Autry of Spring Mill and the late Ted and Ina Hubbard of Batesville.
    The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Will and Fanny Lankford and Anna Stroup, all of Zion, and the late Jack Stroup of Batesville.

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  • Cook, Moody plan to solemnize vows

    NEWPORT — Tena Cook of Newport has announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Jessica Shea Cook, to Michael Odell Moody, son of Odell and Sandra Moody of Jamestown.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Martha Ashcraft of Newport and the late Lowell Cook of Oil Trough.
    She is a graduate of Newark High School and is a full-time student in the registered nurse program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is employed by White River Medical Center.

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  • Karson Keith Walden

    Justin and Kendra Walden of Little Rock have announced the birth of a son at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center in Little Rock on June 1, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and has been named Karson Keith Walden.
    Grandparents of the child are Ken and Dolores Blackmon of El Dorado and Dan and Terri Walden of Batesville.

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  • Joslynn Lee Stroud

    Mathew and Jennifer Stroud and John of Sidney have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on June 2, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and has been named Joslynn Lee Stroud.
    Grandparents of the child are Lester and Cindy Greenhaw and Timothy and Markeeta Stroud.

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