• Girl with dyslexia learns to read

    LA CRESCENTA, Calif. — Molly Fleischer knew in the first grade that everyone could read better than she could. Rather than looking forward to the weekend she was nervous about every Friday’s spelling test. Recently, however, the 9-year-old deemed dyslexic won first place for “Magic …

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  • Sex offender tries to get girl in truck

    A 53-year-old Floral man was arrested Saturday after trying numerous times to get a teenage girl to get into his truck with him “to smoke marijuana,” according to a police report. He changed his story after sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Green and Deputy Patrick Collins arrived …

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  • Assessor’s office out of compliance with state

    In a performance audit conducted by the State of Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department (ACD), the Independence County Assessor’s Office was found to be out of compliance and state reappraisal funds could have been suspended — but weren’t. ACD is granted full power and authority in …

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  • Felon’s bond set at $60K

    Already facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun, a Southside man who allegedly told a store clerk he had a gun as he tried to rob her Friday morning is now facing formal charges of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, …

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  • Some areas could see freezing rain, sleet

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The National Weather Service says parts of Arkansas may be in for some more bad weather. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Little Rock say a mixture of light rain, freezing rain and sleet is expected to fall across northern …

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  • Man faces additional charges

    NEWPORT — A Newport man arrested last week for residential burglary and theft currently faces additional charges of burglary after being linked to two other break-ins in Jackson County. John Payne, 31, was arrested after breaking into a home in the 2800 block of Ivy …

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  • Christmas burglar returns

    A Christmas Day burglar has struck again. A plasma cutter valued at $4,000 and a set of specialty wrenches valued at $150 were reported missing Friday from James Gaylin Hatfield’s shop building, Hatfield Ready-Mix, on Leslie Hollow Road north of Pfeiffer, said Independence County Deputy …

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  • People to access old land records

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — People in Arkansas soon will be able to access thousands of historical land records as renovations are completed at the land commissioner’s office. Commissioner John Thurston’s office will unveil its nearly two-year renovation at an open house Jan. 24. The renovation …

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  • Humane society wins $1,000

    The Humane Society of Independence County has won a $1,000 prize as part of The Animal Rescue Site’s 2012 $300,000 Challenge in conjunction with Petfinder.com. The results were tabulated in the fourth round of voting in the challenge, and the local humane society received the …

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  • Town known for dead birds bans fireworks

    BEEBE (AP) — A town issued a fireworks ban after loud pyrotechnics likely spooked a number of blackbirds and sent them falling from the sky on the last two New Year’s Eves. The Beebe City Council approved an ordinance this year banning fireworks in areas …

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  • Library to discuss activities

    The Independence County Library Board will discuss general activities when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank annex 285 E. College St. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Midland spellers recognized

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District has announced its 2012 spelling bee winners, according to a news release. They include: Peyton Foster (who was also named champion), first grade; Chloe McCance, second grade; Travis Kersey, third grade; Austin Smith, fourth grade; Shelby Warden, fifth …

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