• Two rescued

    Two Newport individuals were rescued Saturday when they attempted to drive through a flooded roadway.
    According to a report by Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer, 29-year-old Keith Dewhitt and 28-year-old Leah Dewhitt of Newport tried to drive though the water from Big Bottom slough, but the water was running too fast and deep across Padgett Island Road.
    Brewer said the two tried to exit their Mazda truck that was submerged in water, but were unable to get to dry land.

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  • Health aides help keep infirmed at home

    Melissa Martin never knows exactly what she’ll be facing, from day to day.
    She might go into a client’s home and the client does not remember her. They might be cranky or combative, or they might be in a good mood. They might be wearing the wrong clothes. They might not remember they should bathe.
    As a home care aide, Martin has probably seen it all, but she doesn’t regret her choice of career. In fact, she’s quite attached to the clients, who are more like family.
    “You get close,” Martin said.

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  • Park design still undecided

    A proposed concession stand to replace one that burned at the Batesville North Complex last winter is still in the conceptual design phase.
    The restroom and concession stand was destroyed in a nighttime fire on Dec. 27, and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the city council last week that the city collected nearly $62,000 in insurance — considerably more than it had expected at the time.

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  • Man killed while driving in reverse

    Backing his pickup truck along a county road Saturday afternoon resulted in a Southside man’s death when he struck a road sign and a power pole, Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Franks said.
    The driver was identified as Jerry Vandiver, 63, of 130 Swaim Hill Road in the Southside community. Vandiver’s 2008 Chevrolet pickup was facing southbound on Chism Trail Road, but was actually traveling in reverse (northbound), Franks said.

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  • Civil trial set to begin for convicted evangelist

    TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Evangelist Tony Alamo, who is serving a 175-year sentence in federal prison for taking young girls across state lines for sex, faced a civil trial today that he ordered the beating of two of his former ministry members.
    In a federal lawsuit filed in 2008 by W. David Carter of Texarkana, Tex., the two young men — Seth Calagna and Spencer Ondirsek — allege that Alamo ordered another man, John Kolbek, to beat them.
    Calagna and Ondirsek each were awarded $1.5 million from Kolbek after he failed to respond to their lawsuit. Kolbek died in January.

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  • Library slates summer program

    Children interested in participating in the Independence County Library’s summer reading program will have the chance beginning Wednesday.
    This year’s theme is “One world, many stories” and continues through July 31 at the library, 368 E. Main, Batesville.
    Children of all ages can register for the free program beginning Wednesday, set a goal for the number of books they plan to read during the eight-week period and then record their selections in a log book. Those who complete the program will receive certificates and awards.

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  • Family reading night set

    The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project’s family reading nights are the first Thursday of every month throughout 2011. 
    June’s event, “Summer Luau,” will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday and feature food, book giveaways, crafts and activities at the Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center, 1900 Lyon St.
    The free event is open to families with children ages O-5. For more information call the Parents as Teachers program at (870) 793-0630 or the literacy project at 793-5912.

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  • Boat found; no sign of missing man in Ark. river

    PIGGOTT, (AP) — Clay County authorities say they’ve located a capsized boat but still are looking for a man who went missing while fishing on the flooding St. Francis River.
    Sheriff Gerald McClung tells television station KAIT that Charles Dickens of Campbell, Mo., vanished early Sunday after the boat capsized on the river near Piggott in far northeastern Arkansas by State Highway 1.

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  • Search resuming for 2 missing White County boaters

    FLOYD (AP) — Authorities are resuming their search for two missing boaters on Lake Barnett in White County.
    Which County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark tells The Daily Citizen that family members of the two 27-year-old men found their capsized boat about noon Saturday. Authorities began searching soon after that.
    The missing men are identified as Alphus Chayne “Bo” Moore and Joseph Miller. Moore’s father, Steve Moore, says the two men went fishing at the lake Friday night.

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  • Healed bald eagle to be released

    HEBER SPRINGS (AP) — A bald eagle that’s been nursed back to health after suffering a broken left wing will be released back into the wild at an Arkansas lake this week.
    The bird was found about four months ago in Calhoun County in southern Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission turned the eagle over to Rodney Paul, who runs Rapture Rehab of Central Arkansas in the rural White County community of El Paso.
    “It’s great to see something that you’ve taken care of, that wouldn’t have survived (otherwise) … go back into the wild,” Paul said.

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  • Memorial to be dedicated at Albert Pike area

    LANGLEY (AP) — A year after a flash flood killed 20 people at the Albert Pike Recreational Area, a memorial is set to be dedicated.
    The Texarkana Gazette reports members of the Langley community near the Albert Pike area have raised more than $5,000 and bought a statue for the memorial.
    The memorial will be dedicated on June 11 — one year to the day after the fatal flash flood. The dedication ceremony will be held on property overlooking the Albert Pike swimming area near the Lowery Store.

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  • Man drowns at Ark. lake

    ARKADELPHIA (AP) — The Clark County Sheriff’s office says a Hope man who went under water in a lake has died.
    Officials told KLRT-TV that 20-year-old Adrian Aguilar was swimming with his family at DeGray Lake when he went under on Sunday. It was 15 minutes before he could be rescued.
    Aguilar was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
    Officials didn’t have any additional details.

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