• Sanctioned January events announced

    LITTLE ROCK — A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Arkansas Post, lectures and exhibits are among the events the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned for January 2013, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial …

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  • Sandy Hook stirs memories for Westside survivors

    JONESBORO — Jana Berry sat in the teachers’ lounge at the Westside Middle School when the fire alarm sounded. The third-year educator gathered herself and walked out of the building. She thought it was a drill. Outside she met a football coach, and the two …

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  • El Dorado man recovers from traumatic head injury

    EL DORADO  (AP) — Billy Dennis is lucky to be alive. After suffering a traumatic work-related head injury in the field in 2008, the Magnolia native lay comatose in a Hot Springs hospital while doctors fought to keep brain swelling down. During work on a …

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  • Couple enters matrimony in double-ring ceremony

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Jennifer McSparren and Donald Cowan were united in marriage in a double-ring, unity candle ceremony Dec. 8 at Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant. John Higgins officiated. The bride is the daughter of Etta Jean McSparren of Melbourne. The groom …

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  • Russian president signs anti-US adoptions bill

    MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin signed a bill today banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators. Although some top Russian officials including the foreign minister openly opposed the bill …

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  • A lesson in fine dining

    It was a great Christmas this year for me. I was able to spend it with both my daughters. My oldest, Shay, lives in Florida and it’s been a couple of years since we could all be together at Christmastime. My boyfriend, Bryan, I and …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Dear editor: The murder of 20 innocent children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and the shedding of innocent blood by other murderers should not be tolerated by any civilized society. History proves men and their governments have a poor …

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  • Celebrity resolutions

    Paris Hilton: I’m going to do much more for others in 2013. To begin, I’ll help feed the hungry by planting a lot more crops in FarmVille. Justin Bieber:  I intend to keep a lower public profile in the New Year. At least, after my …

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  • Jean H. Anderson

    Jean H. Anderson, 78, of Batesville died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Born June 29, 1934, at Williford, she was the daughter of E.A. and Effie Bright Hartness. She was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. Survivors include her husband, Fairl Anderson; two …

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  • Barbara Fulbright

    Barbara Gamel Fulbright, 80, of Batesville died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Born April 16, 1932, in Batesville, she was the daughter of William Dewey Gamel and Altheda Hicks Gamel. She worked 36 years at International Shoe Factory until it closed, then …

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  • Donald Wayne Dacus – Paid Obituary

    Donald Wayne Dacus, 84, died December 26, 2012, in Batesville. Born in Detroit, Michigan, December 17, 1928, he was the son of Walter Wall Dacus and Rose Evelyn Dacus. He was a graduate of Harding University, and taught school in West Side, Arkansas. He served …

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Williams Baptist Lady Eagles (6-4) vs. Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps (12-0), 5:30 p.m., Lyon (8-1) vs. Oklahoma Baptist Lady Bison (7-2), 7:30, Becknell Gym  The first ever Lyon College Classic is set to tip off tonight at James C. Becknell Gymnasium as the 23rd-ranked Scots …

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