• Bearkatz down Bobcats, move into second place

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Bearkatz improved to 7-3 and gained sole possession of second place behind Mountain View in the 3A 1-East District with a 58-45 victory over the Flippin Bobcats here Tuesday. Kyler McLaughlin led the Bearkatz with 25 points, Wil Dowdle chipped in …

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  • Weather forecast, power outage results in games being postponed

    Threatening weather and a power outage resulted in postponements of basketball games on Tuesday. The Batesville-at-Wynne, 5A-East District senior high games were rescheduled for today because of the forecast for severe thunderstorms, Batesville Athletic Director Dave King said. The senior girls game is scheduled to …

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  • Sports Calendar

    TODAY High school bowling: Southside vs. Melbourne, Hollywood Bowl, 4 p.m.; Concord vs. Mountain Home, Driftwood Lanes (Mountain Home), 4 High school basketball: Batesville at Wynne, 5 p.m.   THURSDAY High school bowling: Southside vs. Izard County, Horseshoe Lanes (Horseshoe Bend), 4 p.m. Junior and …

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  • Writer explains why Oprah may need longer couch

    Believe whichever version of the Ray Lewis story you want. It hardly matters. Sports Illustrated said Lewis was in touch with a company called Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS) just hours after tearing his triceps in October, loading up on deer-antler spray and a …

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  • A-Rod tied again to PED use report

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is in the middle of Major League Baseball’s latest doping investigation after an alternative weekly newspaper reported baseball’s highest-paid star was among the big leaguers listed in the records of a Florida clinic the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs. …

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  • New Orleans police gearing up for Super Bowl-Mardi Gras duty

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police are in the middle of an unprecedented security challenge with an estimated 150,000 Super Bowl fans packing the city during the raucous annual buildup to Mardi Gras, when thousands of revelers flock to the historic French Quarter and …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Super Bowl NEW ORLEANS — Of all the topics Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wanted to talk about at Super Bowl media day, deer-antler spray probably was not on the list. He declined to directly address in any detail questions about a Sports Illustrated report …

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  • Letter to the editor

    Inspired by Sendler Dear editor: Thanks, Andrea. I don’t always read every article in the paper. I scan. I am so thankful I read Andrea Bruner’s article about Irene Sendler. It left me in tears … tears of inspiration. What a powerful life she lived. …

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  • That doll is the devil, not child’s play

    It’s been almost 25 years since the original “Child’s Play” movie came out, but Chucky is alive and well — and staying at my grandmother’s house. Over the weekend, Gary, Kaylee and I went to visit my grandmother, who turned 87 a week ago today. …

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  • Drug testing is not answer to unemployment

    I usually try to stay away from peeing contests, but I just couldn’t let this one slide. When Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, a Republican from Little Rock, filed a bill wanting all new applicants for unemployment benefits to undergo a drug test all I could think …

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  • City records $40M permits in 2012

    The city of Batesville saw $40 million pumped into its economy in 2012, in terms of construction and renovation. Code Enforcement Officer Chad McClure said he recorded a valuation of $40.37 million, as far as building permits are concerned. A total of 21 new residential …

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  • Southside bumps up patrols

    SOUTHSIDE — When officers with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office are off-duty you may be able to find them soon patrolling at the Southside School District when school is in session. The school and sheriff’s office have agreed to partner to provide the service until …

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