• Kidnapped woman hidden in CA backyard for 18 years

    PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A girl snatched on her way to school was hidden for nearly two decades behind a series of fences, sheds and tents, even giving birth to her suspected abductor’s children in the suburban backyard compound less than 200 miles from her childhood home.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 when she was abducted from a South Lake Tahoe street in 1991, was taken directly to the house and sheltered from the world in a secret, leafy backyard, investigators said Thursday.

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  • Gun, knife show scheduled

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — A gun and knife show to benefit the Timbo Fire Department is scheduled for Oct. 10-11 at the Stone County Fairgrounds at Mountain View.
    Hour will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11.
    Admission will be $3 for ages 12 and older.
    The show is expected to have more than 90 tables of guns and knives, making it one of the largest shows in north central Arkansas, the release states.

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  • Fall turkey season may be closed

    LITTLE ROCK — The state’s turkey population has declined in recent years because of a series of poor spring hatches. As a result, Emon Mahony of El Dorado, commissioner with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has proposed closing the fall turkey hunting seasons this year.
    “I cannot in good faith further restrict spring hunting if we allow hunters to kill hens in the fall,” said Mahony.

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  • Hunters can help themselves by learning rules changes

    LITTLE ROCK — If you want to be better prepared for the upcoming hunting seasons, a few minutes in your favorite chair with a book can be a major boost, Arkansas Game and Fish spokesman Keith Stephens said.
    The book is the commission’s 2009-10 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. It is 140 pages, including the cover, and it’s free at any AGFC office or license dealer.

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  • Historic games to be played

    POWHATAN — A Historic Games Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at Powhatan Historic State Park, interpreter Kristyn Watts said.
    Admission to the games is free.

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  • Dorothy Cochran

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Dorothy Alice Cochran, 90, of Cherokee Village died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, in a Salem hospital.
    Born March 12, 1919, at Sugar City, Colo., she was the daughter of Nicholas and Martha Wright Botu. She was a department store manager in Illinois. She was of the Methodist faith.

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  • Marvin Russell

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Marvin E. Russell, 63, of Cherokee Village, formerly of Jonesboro, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at his home.
    He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a deputy with the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, where he served as court bailiff and district court probation officer. He was a member of Ash Flat United Methodist Church and was a lay speaker for the Methodist Church.

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  • D.J. Holloway Jr.

    SPRINGDALE — Doyle Edward “D.J.” Holloway Jr., 53, of Springdale died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.
    Born Aug. 5, 1956, in Huntsville, he was the son of Doyle Edward Holloway Sr. and Avis Lillian Ledbetter Holloway Estep. He married Wanda Porterfield on Oct. 27, 1995, in Fayetteville. He was a Batesville resident for the past seven years before moving to Springdale in April. He was a union sheet metal worker and enjoyed the traveling that his work required, having worked on the reactors at Arkansas Nuclear One during the shutdowns. He was an avid fisherman.

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  • Ceremony to honor Wilder

    ConAgra Foods will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday dedicating the new electrical substation to the late Ron Wilder.
    Wilder began his career with ConAgra Foods in November 1989 as plant engineer. According to a news release, Wilder had a dream of creating an electrical substation that would eliminate/replace three high voltage transformers and their associated high voltage switches and secondary distribution gear outside the north end of the plant.

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  • Service News

    Norfolk, Va. — Navy Seaman Apprentice Dusty D. Maloch, son of Brenda L. and Rocky D. Maloch of Oxford, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
    During the eight-week program, Maloch completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

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  • Tip leads to drugs, wanted person

    Three people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday morning after Batesville Police Dispatch got a call saying a white pickup truck was leaving the Ruddell Hill area occupied by three people, and that one of them, Jessica Burke, had active warrants.
    The caller also said the truck might contain illegal drugs and guns, according to Independence County Deputy Fred Friar.
    After spotting the truck turning from White Drive onto Highway 167 north, Friar said he stopped the truck near the industrial park area.

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  • Swap meet planned

    The River City Cruisers’ second annual Swap Meet will be Sept. 18 and 19 at the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. The gates will open at 8 a.m.
    There will be spaces for automotive, craft and yard sale items.
    For more information call Roy Brister at (870) 834-1138.

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