• Autopsy reports released

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Autopsy reports say that two West Memphis police officers slain by an anti-government activist and his teenage son on May 20 were hit by a total of 22 bullets.
    Prosecutor Mike Walden on Wednesday released reports on autopsies conducted on the bodies of 39-year-old Sgt. Brandon Paudert and 38-year-old Officer Bill Evans.
    The reports say Paudert was shot 14 times, including three times in the head, while Evans was struck by eight bullets. According to the reports, none of the shots was fired at close range.

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  • Harrisburg officer suspended; he let mayor drive away

    HARRISBURG (AP) — Police Chief Butch Davis says he suspended an officer who let the town’s mayor drive off in a city car after the mayor nearly collided with a patrol car.
    A few moments later on Aug. 20, Mayor Donnie “Buzzy” Faulkner was stopped by a Poinsett County sheriff’s deputy who cited the mayor for driving while intoxicated.
    Davis said Wednesday he suspended Officer Robert Wright for a week after reviewing circumstances around Faulkner’s DWI citation.

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  • Report does not affect Batesville

    An outside firm has identified problems with water contamination by the Newark power plant, but the Batesville Water Utility is not affected, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the Guard.
    A report by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club identified 39 additional coal ash dump sites in 21 states that are contaminating drinking water or surface water with arsenic and other heavy metals.

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  • Body found in semi-truck

    NEWPORT — On Thursday at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Arkansas State Police that there was a male subject discovered deceased in the cab of an semi-truck on Highway 67 North of Swifton.
    During the investigation, it was determined that at approximately 7:13 p.m. the Arkansas State Police had issued a BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for the vehicle stating that the driver, identified as Jimmy Wayne Toone, 58, of Lonoke had departed Cabot en route to St. Charles, Mo. and had not been heard from since.

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  • Livestock entry deadline given

    MELBOURNE — The livestock entry deadline for the North Central Arkansas District Fair is Sept. 2, and all entries must be made online at the ncadistrictfair.org website.
    The fair will be Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at the Izard County Fairgrounds on LaCrosse Road near Melbourne, said fair board member Nancy Orr.
    Participants must be from one of the following counties: Sharp, Izard, Cleburne, Fulton, Stone or Van Buren.
    Ranch Rodeos are scheduled for Oct. 1-2 and a truck pull will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 1.

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  • Citywide yard sale set

    CONCORD — This year’s citywide yard sale in Concord will be Oct. 1-2, Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit said.
    “People have been asking about it,” she said. “It has become a tradition.”
    The sale will start early and continue until people stop coming, she said.
    Anyone wanting to set up a sale on city property or needing more information about the citywide sale may call Pettit at city hall at (870) 668-3315 or at home at 668-3620.

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  • Capital murder filed in death of toddler

    NEWPORT — Capital murder charges have been filed in connection with the death of a toddler in Jackson County.
    According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department the incident occurred Aug. 13, at about 6:47 p.m.
    Weatherford said the Newport Police Department 911 center received an emergency call of an ambulance needed at 123 Lacy Drive in Newport, due to a child not breathing.

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  • Thousands attend concert

    It was standing room only as Colt Ford brought the “goodtimes” Thursday to Riverside Park in Batesville.
    Ford, who calls himself “Mr. Goodtime” in a song by the same name, performed to a capacity crowd, which Steve Thomas with Batesville Promotions estimated between 4,000 and 5,000.
    Thomas said online ticket orders came from Columbia, Mo., Germantown, Tenn., Tupelo, Miss., and all over Arkansas.

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  • T Mart 12 grand opening is Saturday

    After months of remodeling inside, and installing all new gasoline equipment outside, T Mart 12, formerly the old Renos convenience store at the foot of the White River Bridge, is now open and ready to celebrate with an open house Saturday.
    The renovated business offers a full hot deli with pizza, chicken, and barbecue, as well as fresh sandwiches made daily, according to owners Jerry and Connie Townsley.

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  • Lyon womens soccer team reloaded for 2010 run

    Lyon womens soccer coach Tyson John had an impressive first season with the squad, posting a 10-2-2 record.
    Now, he’s hungry for more and thinks he has the right personnel to take the Scots to the next level.
    “I am really excited about this year,” John said. “For the first time in womens soccer at Lyon, we haven’t played a game and we’re already receiving top 25 votes. We want to break that threshold into the top 25. We are on our way and our recruiting class is absolutely stellar.”

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  • Concord golfers win at Tannenbaum

    DRASCO — The Concord Pirates won a high school triangular golf match at Tannenbaum Golf Course here Tuesday.
    The Pirates trimmed the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles by five strokes (148-153). The Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds finished another 16 strokes back.
    Ryan Cornelison and Luke Cornett led the winners with 11-over-par 47s for nine holes. Cameron Reesor and A.J. Cannon added 54s.
    West Side won the girls team competition.
    With just two golfers, Concord did not participate in the girls team division, which was won by Greers Ferry.

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  • Green Forest to join Batesville, Harrison in football scrimmage

    Green Forest has been added to the preseason high school football scrimmage in Harrison on Friday and the Batesville Pioneer junior varsity squad will scrimmage the Class 3A varsity team starting at 6 p.m., Batesville Coach Dave King said.
    King said something had happened to cancel Green Forest’s previously scheduled scrimmage and the Carroll County school had requested and received permission to join the scrimmage in Harrison.

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