• Brylee Lynn Hicks

    Derrick and Ashley Hicks and Blake of Cave City have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on June 9, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and has been named Brylee Lynn Hicks.
    Grandparents of the child are Randy and Lisa Forster, Billy and Lisa Sparkman and Paula Turner.
    Great-grandparents are Ed and Louise Westerman, Slim and JoAnn Sparkman and the late Jane Treadway.

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  • Ryder Adam Churchman

    Lucas and Ashley Churchman and Dillon of Evening Shade have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on June 8, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 7.7 ounces and has been named Ryder Adam Churchman.
    Grandparents of the child are Douglas Arnold of Evening Shade and Win and Diana Churchman of Cherokee Village.
    Great-grandparents are Ray and Joy Arnold.

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  • Carol Leeann Braim

    Anthony and Felecia Braim of Mountain View have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on June 4, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and has been named Carol Leeann Braim.
    Grandparents of the child are Paul and Vonda Oberbeck and Jeff and Rusty Braim.
    Great-grandparents are Virginia Sparks, Alan and Jean Simer and Frank and Chris Sexton.

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  • Katelyn Marie Bagwell

    Dustin and Kara Bagwell and Kalei of Poughkeepsie have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on June 8, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Katelyn Marie Bagwell.
    Grandparents of the child are Ed and Mary Bagwell and Gaylon and Cindy Hamilton.
    Great-grandparents are H.B. Lute and Carl and Lena Hamilton.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    Lottery opinion given

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  • ‘Love’ bus invades Tunica

    Standing outside near the Bluesville auditorium in Tunica, Miss., June 6,  I didn’t believe it when a member of Bret Michaels’ band said the lead singer would be performing at the Tony Awards in New York the next night.
    Why would the front man for the 1980’s rock group Poison be performing at an awards show devoted to Broadway musicals, I thought.

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  • Chief will have to prove worth

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Despite the sticker shock, the $324,000 annual price tag for Arkansas’ first lottery chief doesn’t come close to the million-dollar deals normally reserved for big name college football coaches.
    The expectations he faces — and the consequences if he fails to meet them — are probably just as big.
    Instead of trying to lower those expectations, new director Ernie Passailaigue is piling on to them.

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  • Area Briefs

    Weather Service reports tornado

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  • Children of river rats discuss net making, fishing

    Dallas Hughes could tell if the fish were biting by the level of the water in the river. He had his favorite bait recipes and could gig fish all night. Over the course of several decades, he made nets for himself and other fishermen and even carved his own tools.
    Today, some of those tools are on display at the Old Independence Regional Museum. On Sunday, Jimmy Hughes and Diane Tebbetts, both children of would-be “river rats,” gave a talk entitled “Catching by Net,” in which they discussed how the nets were crafted and used.

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  • Area warned of sex offender

    MELBOURNE — A registered sex offender who was recently released from prison is now living at HC 82 Box 15 (Shadow Gate Road) in Violet Hill, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
    Palmer Lee Ward was convicted in 1999 for first-degree sexual abuse involving an 11-year-old girl.
    In addition to the sexual abuse charge, Lawrence said Ward has violent criminal offenses involving the use of a deadly weapon.
    Lawrence said a sex offender notification has been hand delivered to residences within a half-mile radius of Ward’s residence.

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  • Batesville has state’s first court

    The state’s first DWI court is up and running in Batesville.
    Last week, the Independence County Quorum Court heard from District Judge Chaney Taylor about the implementation of Arkansas’ first DWI Court, which began June 1.
    A DWI Court Team, consisting of a prosecutor, defense attorney, coordinator, law enforcement, screener/evaluator, probation/community supervision and treatment professionals, was assembled in 2008 and attended training in Newport Beach, Calif., last March.

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  • Storm destroys emergency radio tower

    All emergency communications in the western portion of Independence County were knocked out when a storm destroyed a radio tower on Brock Mountain early Saturday morning.
    Office of Emergency Management 911 coordinator Will Floyd said this morning that apparently a year of hard weather had taken its toll on the tower, which was completely destroyed.

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