• Sula Pierce Allgood – Paid Obituary

    Sula Pierce Allgood, 97, of Floral, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012. She was born June 6, 1914, in Tyler,  Arkansas, the daughter of Rex and Addie Head Pierce. Mrs. Allgood was the oldest member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, having been a member longer than anyone else. She served as church clerk and a Sunday School teacher for many years.

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  • Authorities send human leg bone to crime lab

    CLINTON (AP) — Authorities have sent a human leg bone to the Arkansas State Crime lab.
    A dog found the bone in Clinton last week. The dog’s owner called police, who took the bone to a hospital. An emergency room doctor determined it was the right femur of a man who was about six feet tall.
    Police brought in cadaver dogs to search for more remains, but none were found.
    Authorities also checked local cemeteries but didn’t find any disturbed gravesites.

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  • Sulphur Rock OKs budget

    SULPHUR ROCK — During its recent monthly meeting, the Sulphur Rock City Council approved a 2012 budget showing $141,765 in anticipated revenue and the same amount in expected expenses, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite.
    The city’s part of Independence County’s sales and use tax made up the largest chunk of anticipated revenue — $64,000.
    The $141,765 totals include street turnback fund revenue of $21,500 and the transfer of $25,000 into the street fund.
    The sewer budget, kept separately, shows $44,600 in anticipated revenue and the same amount in expected expenses.

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  • Roadside fight sends man to hospital, jail

    In a struggle with police Thursday night, an Evening Shade man claimed he was exempt from detainment and arrest because he was a former prisoner of war from the Vietnam era.
    The struggle stemmed from an incident around 9 p.m. when a woman, later identified as Vickie Ann McBride, 45, of Austin, called police saying that her boyfriend, driving a red Pontiac Firebird, had thrown her out of the car, leaving her stranded near the rest area on Highway 167 south of Batesville.

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  • GOP to hear from candidate

    The Republican Party of Independence County will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Citizens Bank Annex on College Avenue.
    Guest speaker will be Judge Rhonda Wood, candidate for Arkansas Court of Appeals. Judicial candidates in Arkansas must run as non-partisan, and the outcome will be determined in the May 22 primary election.
    The event is open to the public.

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  • People for Parks forms

    A new group has been formed against the proposed sales tax for a community center and other projects.
    People for Parks, which says it is for consolidation of the city’s parks, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Batesville. To find out where, call Phillip Finch at (870) 613-3046.

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  • Car hits front porch

    The front porch of Carol Jenkerson’s home at the corner of Eighth and Vine streets didn’t particularly need any repairs when she left home Friday morning. However, that all changed around 2 p.m. when a car knocked out a post causing roof and floor damage.
    Independence County Deputy Randy Jones said Dianne Thomas, who lives at the corner of Seventh and Vine, just a block from Jenkerson, was traveling west on Vine Street when another motorist ran a stop sign and pulled into her lane.

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  • Guard unit no longer looking at potential deployment

    ROBINSON MANUEVER TRAINING CENTER — The director of the Army National Guard notified the adjutant general of Arkansas Friday that the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is no longer scheduled for mobilization.
    “Although the 39th Infantry Brigade does not have a current deployment tasking, they remain ready to respond to the needs of the state and nation,” said Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford, adjutant general of Arkansas.

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  • Calico man found dead

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 19 Wild Fern Lane, Calico Rock address in southern Baxter County around 3 p.m. Saturday.
    The caller stated his son had apparently shot himself and was not breathing, Sheriff John Montgomery said. The victim, 26-year-old Jared Edwin Napier, of Calico Rock, was found in a camper trailer behind his parents’ residence.

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  • Former tax preparers sentenced

    LITTLE ROCK — An Ash Flat couple has been sentenced in federal court on multiple charges, announced Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
    James Bruce Morris, 66, and Karen Sue Morris, 49, tax return preparers who for several years operated B. Morris Ltd. in Ash Flat, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright. James Morris was ordered to serve 48 months in prison and his wife, Karen Morris, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison. Each was sentenced to three years of supervision following their terms of imprisonment.

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  • County bee scheduled

    The Independence County Spelling Bee will be held Wednesday in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
    Competition for area students in lower grades begins at 5 p.m. followed by older divisions. The event is free and open to the public.

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  • Rail tie factory on hold

    JONESBORO (AP) — Northeast Arkansas officials aren’t sure when a proposed rail tie facility will be built in Lawrence County.
    Wayne Gearheart is executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority. Gearheart says the authority hasn’t been notified officially that the stalled project for the Walnut Ridge-Hoxie area is dead.

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