• Fleeing driver strikes home of elderly Batesville woman

    Halloween shenanigans proved to be an expensive experience for a Desha man after he allegedly fled from police, almost hit a squad car head-on and struck the home of an elderly woman late Saturday night.
    Independence County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy Stacy Wright said he was patrolling south on Ramsey Street around 11:50 p.m. when he met a white Chevrolet car traveling at a high rate of speed.
    Wright said when he turned around to stop the car, it sped up even more and went out of sight.

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  • Jasper Pool

    MELBOURNE — Jasper William Pool, infant son of Dustin James Pool and Kirby Lea Loggains Pool of Melbourne, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Calico Rock.
    He was born Oct. 31, 2009, in Calico Rock.
    Besides his parents, survivors include two brothers, Jaxon Sanders and Cason Sanders; a sister, Maeci Pool; his grandparents: Marc and Retha Miller of Melbourne and Joe and Mary Pool of Bakersfield, Mo.
    He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Donna Pool.

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  • Lloyd Brown

    FAIRFIELD BAY — Lloyd Harold Brown, 75, of Fairfield Bay died Oct. 21, 2009, in a Clinton hospital.
    Born Dec. 18, 1933, at Batesville, he was the son of William “Bill” and Anna Hale Brown. He spent the last 16 years in Fairfield Bay and enjoyed the community and golf.

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  • Billy Fowler

    ASH FLAT — Billy J. Fowler, 45, of Ash Flat died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Feb. 28, 1964, at Taft, Calif., he was the son of Billy and Wanda Bramlette Fowler. He was a produce manager at Town & Country Foods and was a member of Hilltop Calvary Church in Ash Flat.

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  • Ted Bagwell

    STRAWBERRY — Ted Bagwell, 43, of Strawberry died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Nelsonville.
    Born April 11, 1966, at Galesburg, Ill., he was the son of Ed and Mary Bagwell. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked in sales at Mark Martin Ford and enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Cave City.

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  • Southside names four AP scholars

    SOUTHSIDE — Four Southside High School students recently earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards for their exceptional achievement on AP exams, according to a news release.
    The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on AP Exams. 

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  • Carroll, Branscum wed

    NEWARK — Amber Nicole Carroll and Ryan Lee Branscum were united in marriage in a private ceremony Sunday at the home of the bride’s parents.
    The bride is the daughter of Mickey and Brenda Raper of Newark. The groom’s parents are Dave and Nancy Branscum of Southside.
    The couple resides in Batesville.

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  • Affairs of biology and morality

    Oh great, more sex scandals. Insert eye roll here.
    We know how this monkey business works.
    Powerful, silver-haired man has a relationship with younger, less powerful woman. They break up, she spills the beans to the media, and we all shake our heads wondering why a guy who seems so smart would risk everything for a meaningless fling.
    The media’s abuzz about the affairs of David Letterman and ESPN’s Steve Phillips.

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  • A piece of the Berlin Wall

    Next Monday will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
    I remember sitting in school, discussing it in class, watching in amazement as pieces came tumbling down and people ran across the border. In the days that followed, we read news stories about families being put back together and the Communist leadership buckling.

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  • Auction to benefit Goodmans

    A benefit auction for the Kenny and Tony (Womack) Goodman family will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Southside Middle School gym.
    Proceeds from the concessions and auction will help to pay medical expenses for Kenny Goodman who has untreatable cancer of the stomach, liver and colon. He also has three boys who attend school in Southside.
    For additional information call Clovis Vest at (870) 368-7811; Teresa Frasier at 368-4267 or Pam Stegeman at  368-4515.

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  • Town hall meetings planned

    A series of town hall meetings in each Justice of the Peace district will be held to discuss the needs of economic development throughout Independence County.
    The first will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the Newark Elementary School cafeteria. Another one is scheduled for Friday at the Oil Trough City Hall, also at 6 p.m.
    According to Economic Development Director Ed Mabry this will give each district a chance to discuss what its needs are as far as economic development.

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  • WR Medical Center receives second ‘Quality’ award

    White River Medical Center has received the Arkansas Medicaid Inpatient Quality Incentive Award for the second consecutive year.
    “Receiving the IQI award shows continued success in our efforts to improve the quality of care and the health of the communities we serve,” said Gary Bebow, White River Health System CEO/administrator.
    The award for inpatient services provided from July 2008 through June 2009 is developed through a partnership between Arkansas Medicaid, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Hospital Association, a news release states.

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