• Alcohol tax rolling in

    The first round of the city’s alcohol tax collections are in, officials have announced. In December, the Batesville City Council approved a 5-percent tax on alcohol in the city limits, and the tax was to be collected starting Dec. 23. The tax revenue will be …

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  • Native named ‘Torchbearer’

    INDIANAPOLIS — In 2008 former Batesville resident Carol Baker Dawson received the Will Rogers Humanitarian award for civic journalism as a columnist. Now she is an Indiana Torchbearer. Dawson of Jeffersonville,, Ind., and daughter of Glendene Baker of Batesville, is president of EEO GUIDANCE, a …

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  • UACCB to present Holocaust survivor

    Louise Lawrence-Israels Louise Lawrence-Israels survived the Holocaust during World War II and on March 28 will be a guest speaker at the Nursing and Allied Health Building lecture hall on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus to share her experience. The event …

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  • Democratic Women to meet

    ASH FLAT — A Sharp County Democratic Women’s meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sharp County Courthouse, according to a news release. “Please plan to attend and join us as we begin an exciting year of political activity,” states the release. “There …

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  • New venue sought for man charged in Searcy death

    SEARCY (AP) — An attorney for a black man charged in the shooting death of a white Searcy man is seeking a new location for a trial after fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan were circulated in nearby Pangburn. An attorney for Maurice Alexander also …

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  • Arkansas may toll parts of I-40

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department plans to hire a consultant to study whether the state could convert Interstate 40 from North Little Rock to Memphis into a toll road. The study was authorized this week by the Arkansas Highway Commission, …

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  • Pastor due in court after missing teen found

    JONESBORO (AP) — A pastor from Monette who is charged in connection with a missing Nebraska teenager is scheduled to make his first court appearance. Det. Sgt. Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office says the pastor is to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on …

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  • ABC OKs park’s alcohol permit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday approved the expansion of alcohol permits for an amusement park in Hot Springs. The board voted 3-1 to allow the expansion of beer and wine sales at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls amusement …

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  • Body found in Little Rock park

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say a body has been found in Boyle Park just west of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock campus. Police told reporters Wednesday night that the body was found in a culvert and appeared to have been there for …

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  • Court date set for superintendent

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The superintendent of the Mountain Pine School District has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of third-degree battery, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Bobby Gray entered his plea Tuesday in Garland County court. He’s been on paid administrative leave since March …

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  • 16 indicted for selling meth

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 16 people in northwest Arkansas have been indicted on charges of trafficking methamphetamine. Authorities say the indictments are the result of a two-year investigation called Operation La Pantera Negra — or The Black Panther in Spanish. The charges include …

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  • Man shot, stabbed

    CONWAY (AP) — Authorities say a Faulkner County man has died after he was shot once in the throat and stabbed in the shoulder. Authorities said Billy J. “B.J.” Ewing was able to tell police who attacked him before he died at a hospital. Ewing …

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