• Durning, king of character actors, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year …

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  • Jack Klugman dead at 90

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. He was 90. Klugman, who …

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  • Elmer “Bud” Fike

    ROSIE — Elmer “Bud” Fike, 82, of Rosie died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Batesville. Born July 13, 1930, in Maple Springs, he was the son of James Leslie Fike and Mattie Jane Stroud Fike. He retired from the Independence County road crew after 27 …

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  • Dora Wells

    ASH FLAT — Dora Lee Wells, 86, of Ash Flat died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Ash Flat. Born Feb. 12, 1926, in Ash Flat, she was the daughter of Marlin and Nellie Carpenter. She enjoyed serving the people of the Ash Flat community. Survivors …

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  • Billy Whitacre

    RAVENDEN — Billy Whitacre, 80, of Ravenden died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Born April 22, 1932, in North Webster, Ind., he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1956. He was a veteran of  Korea. Survivors include his wife, Betty, and …

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  • Ulysses “U.S” Fox

    CHARLOTTE — Ulysses “U.S.” Fox, 89, of Charlotte died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at a local hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roller-Crouch Chapel in Batesville with Chuck Crow officiating. Burial will follow at Center Grove Cemetery in Charlotte under …

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  • Charles Foster

    BETHESDA — Charles Scott Foster, 50, of Bethesda died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Born July 3, 1962, in Newport, he was the son of Jesse and Ardith Foster. The funeral was at 4 p.m. today at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, located at 2935 Bethesda Road …

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  • Legislator impresses reporters

    Let me say I am totally impressed with one state senator, and my co-worker Andrea Bruner totally agrees. We recently spent the better part of the day in Little Rock waiting to hear an appeal on a case that the Arkansas State Claims Commission had …

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  • Crowl defends state crown in motocross racing series

    For the second year in a row, and in just his fourth season of racing competitively, Zac Crowl won the Arkansas Hare-Scramble Championship Series. The state-wide motocross series begins in February and runs through November with over 145 racers competing in 12 events. Crowl, a …

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  • Southerners hang on to defeat Ricebirds in 2 OT

    STUTTGART — The Southside Southerners defeated the Stuttgart Ricebirds 58-56 in double-overtime Friday in a Class 4A-2 District game, scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter, coming back from a 10-point deficit to tie the game 47-all after regulation. “This was a great road win …

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  • Why I don’t much like liberals

    Although people like Bill O’Reilly habitually refer to establishment liberals as the “far Left,” they are two very different things. What we identify as mid-20th century, New Deal liberalism is rooted in the Progressivism of the turn of the 20th century. The Progressives came largely …

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  • Our Christmas joy

    I finally did it this year — I put my foot down and told everyone we were not traveling on Christmas Day. After 38 Christmases of spending more time in a car than with loved ones, dragging in at a late hour and getting up …

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