• Badminton ‘losers’ booed, booted

    LONDON (AP) — The crowd booed as the badminton players dumped shots into the net, trying to improve their positioning for the next round. The umpire and tournament referee Torsten Berg issued warnings, imploring them to exert maximum effort. Badminton’s governing body finally had its …

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  • Sports Briefs

    College football BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Junior linebacker Khairi Fortt has decided to become the latest Penn State player to transfer to a Pac-12 school. Fortt signed a scholarship agreement with California. He has 50 tackles in the last two seasons and ended Penn State’s …

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  • Searcy chamber says gas-drilling firm to close

    SEARCY (AP) — Officials in Searcy say 90 people will be out of work when a gas-drilling company closes its doors. Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce President Buck Layne says Weatherford International will shut down by Sept. 8. The company uses hydraulic fracturing — also …

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  • Veterans office to be closed

    The Independence County Veterans Office in the Independence County courthouse will be closed next week according to Andrea Taylor, local veterans director. The office will resume normal business hours Aug. 13. For more information call (870)793-8812.

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  • Water temps may hurt Little Red trout

    HEBER SPRINGS — High water temperatures on the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam are causing concern for Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists, said commission spokesman Keith Stephens. “The high temperatures have the potential to cause serious harm to the popular trout fishery,” …

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  • Arrest made in forgery

    A 23-year-old Shirley woman is free on $40,000 bond after being arrested Tuesday on four counts of second-degree forgery and four counts of theft by deception, according to a warrant affidavit filed by Investigator Jeff Sims with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Sims said in …

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  • Pam Brokaw

    Pam Brewer Brokaw, 57, of Batesville died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Born Feb. 15, 1955, in Newport, she was the daughter of Lowell and Janice Tilley Brewer. She graduated from a vocational-technical school and had worked as a sales clerk in …

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  • Herb farm goes international

    DESHA — Montreal, Canada, Panama City, Panama and Desha, Arkansas all have a unique tie: Harvest Fresh Farm, owned by Stan and Kim Hinkle. After buying out a small hydroponic herb farm at 525 Jamestown Road in 2007, the Hinkles renamed it Harvest Fresh Farm …

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  • Firefighters run over at accident

    WIRTH — Four fire department first responders were run over after responding to an accident scene Tuesday morning in northeast Sharp County. Arkansas State Trooper Dustin Rogers said the first accident was caused by John W. Shattuck, 49, who was southbound in his Mazda Fiat …

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  • Entergy moving -City to extend utilities to new site near GDX

    Entergy is taking the traffic of its line repair trucks and others off one of the busiest streets in the region. The Batesville office of Entergy is moving from its location off St. Louis Street to a new site located next to the old GDX …

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  • No municipal filings yet in Independence County

    As of 9 this morning no candidates had filed for municipal offices in Independence County, but several had in Izard and Sharp counties.   Izard County Melbourne  Ward 1, Position 1 — William Wright, incumbent   Horseshoe Bend Recorder/treasurer — Michelle Grabowski, incumbent Ward 2, …

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  • Woman hurt in crash

    MELBOURNE – -— Air Evac was called this morning to transport an Izard County woman after she lost control of her car on Highway 9 North toward Oxford. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said 58-year-old Cindy Mason was hurt in the one-vehicle accident that occurred …

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