• 150 years ago…

    One hundred and fifty years ago, General Thomas Hindman was steadily issuing orders and writing correspondence that kept the Confederate Army in motion. While the Federal Army began fortifying Helena, the Rebs began establishing new camps in Central Arkansas. Known today for its water park, …

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  • ‘Modern world’ catches up to ‘secret’ Olympic opening

    LONDON (AP) — The London Olympics opening ceremony will be a grand spectacle — but will it be a surprise? Director Danny Boyle wants the details to stay secret and games chief Sebastian Coe has pleaded for insiders to stop leaking details of the extravaganza. …

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  • Action against Penn State looks fair, but falls short

    Banning Penn State from bowl games for four years won’t bring back the innocence Jerry Sandusky took from who knows how many young boys. Taking football scholarships away and vacating wins over the past 14 years will do nothing to help them heal. And the …

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  • Penn State penalties send message to universities

    INDIANAPOLIS — Slow. Toothless. Tone deaf to the real problems in college sports. The NCAA has heard such criticisms for years. In punishing the Penn State football program with an unprecedented series of sanctions, President Mark Emmert said he hopes the NCAA has served notice …

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  • Bowden, winningest coach, saddened by circumstances

    QUINCY, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden said Monday the NCAA’s unprecedented punishment of Penn State’s football program “cannot replace those boys who were molested.” The penalties included the vacating of 112 wins, 111 of which were credited to Penn State’s late …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Baseball SEATTLE — Ichiro Suzuki is headed to a new team and, after all these years, maybe a shot at playing in the World Series. The New York Yankees acquired the star outfielder from the Seattle Mariners in a trade Monday for two young pitchers. …

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  • IndCo Fair honors veterans

    Area Veterans attending the Independence County Fair are honored for their service during the Independence County Fair on Saturday. After each stated their name, service years and branch they were presented with certificates of appreciation from the Independence County Fair Board. The fourth-annual Veterans Appreciation …

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  • 11 minutes later… Man, cash found

    WALNUT RIDGE — A Ravenden man who robbed a bank at Imboden on Friday was caught 11 minutes later as a number of officers from various law enforcement agencies swarmed the area, reported Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. The 911 call that the Citizens Bank …

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  • Karaoke event to benefit kids

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas is hoping to get others “Back to the Future” at a time when mullets were cool, neon was in  everything was “rad.” The volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization will host the eighth annual Karaoke for a Cause at …

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  • Thida blaze investigated

    A blaze that destroyed approximately 300 acres of wooded area along the 2200 block of Union Hill Road near Thida Sunday afternoon is under investigation by the Arkansas Forestry Service, according to Thida Fire Chief Mark Hightower. “We got the call about 1 p.m.,” Hightower …

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  • Batesville schools tackle math fluency

    While the Obama administration has unveiled plans to create an elite corps of master teachers in a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math, the Batesville School District is working to see that one of those subjects becomes …

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  • Batesville among 11 record highs set Saturday

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Eleven high-temperature records fell in Arkansas on Saturday including Batesville, the National Weather Service said Sunday, and three others were tied. Nimrod Dam bested its record high of 107 in 1943 with 108 on Saturday. Other cities recording record highs Saturday …

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