• Ad exec pleads guilty

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former advertising executive with USA Drug has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in Little Rock to mail fraud and money laundering charges. U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer says Garret Sorenson, 43, of North Little Rock was sentenced to 33 …

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  • Rifle, jewelry, taken in burglary

    A house being remodeled in the Newark area was burglarized and numerous items stolen over the weekend, according to homeowner Crystal Summers. When she called police Summers said the home was locked up Friday evening and the back door was found open by the renovator, …

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  • UPDATE: Outdoors sale, cookout planned

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — A firearms/outdoors gear fall barbecue event is set to start at noon Saturday at the Hutchinson Mountain Community Center on Camp Tahkodah Road, according to a news release. “This is a potluck event with hamburgers, hotdogs and tamales being provided with door …

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  • Couple arrested in weekend domestic

    A report of a couple leaving the scene of a domestic disturbance in Batesville Saturday night ended in their arrest near Cushman around 7 p.m., according to Deputy John Carroll with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Carroll said he drove from Cushman toward Batesville on …

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  • Marshal seeks public’s help

    CONCORD — The Concord city marshal is asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen motorcycle. The 2006 Suzuki GS-500 F motorcycle, burnt orange in color, was stolen sometime Sunday or Monday, Marshal Bobby Hopson said. “It has damage to its right side of …

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  • Warrants issued for sex offenders

    Failure to comply with his registration requirements as a sex offender has resulted in a warrant being issued for 22-year-old Adrian Dwayne Hamilton whose last known address was 1807 Lyon St. in Batesville. In a court affidavit, Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Mike Mundy said Hamilton, a …

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  • Obstacle course to open

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The new Lizard Creek 5K Obstacle challenge  is set to open with its first event Oct. 20. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kids First, a pediatric day health care program for children with special health care needs. The 5K obstacle …

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  • Schools prep for flu clinics

    The Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Education and local school districts statewide are again offering seasonal flu vaccine to schoolchildren beginning in mid-October. The vaccine will be free to those without insurance or whose insurance does not pay. Dates and area districts …

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  • ‘Aunt Cleo’ to retire; chocolate gravy stays

    PLEASANT PLAINS — “Aunt Cleo” is hanging up her apron. Cleo Schmidt, known as “Aunt Cleo” by her fellow employees and customers at Exxon Express in Pleasant Plains, is retiring after 12 years of serving breakfast — including her famous homemade chocolate gravy every Wednesday …

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  • Anti-abortion plan raises costs for women

    A prominent anti-abortion scholar recently made public what abortion-rights advocates have long suspected: One puwrpose of restrictive abortion laws is to impede access to the procedure by making it less affordable for women. Veering from traditional arguments — such as claims that the restrictions are …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review: Non-violent offenders shifted into probation to free up space

    Preliminary studies show that legislation enacted last year has freed up prison space for dangerous offenders by shifting more non-violent offenders into probation. The legislature passed Act 570 of 2011 to control skyrocketing growth in the Arkansas inmate population, which had doubled in 20 years. …

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  • ‘The Kitchen Debate’

    In the summer of 1959, then-Vice President Richard Nixon flew to Moscow to speak at the opening of the American National Exhibition. The exhibit was intended to showcase the advantages of American capitalism to the Soviets. Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, accompanied by an …

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