• ‘Lockdown’ video used as training tool for Cedar Ridge

    NEWARK — It’s not the type of training administrators want their staff to prepare for, but in a worst-case scenario it might be what helps save lives. On Tuesday, the Cedar Ridge School Board watched what many teachers at the Cedar Ridge School District are …

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  • Concord aldermen support marshal

    CONCORD — A new city marshal at Concord apparently has some residents upset over his job performance. Bobby Hopson was hired as city marshal last fall, and his half-brother, Justin McCallister, voluntarily assists Hopson when needed, according to Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit. She added that McCallister …

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  • Entergy: Residential bills to fall

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Entergy Arkansas says a reduction in its costs for power will mean a 4.75 percent cut in the average residential customer’s utility bill. Entergy said in a news release Friday that it expects more nuclear generated power — which is less …

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  • Home burglary reported

    Sometime in the past week someone broke into a vacant residence on Sidney Street and stole a 50-inch Panasonic plasma TV valued at $500, according to the owner James Townsley. Townsley said a dead bolted metal carport storm door was forced open and then an …

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  • White County inmate dies

    SEARCY (AP) — Authorities say an inmate at the White County jail has died after he was found unresponsive in his cell. Erik Scritchfield, 31, of Bald Knob was found unresponsive at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say Scritchfield was housed in a single medical …

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  • Several area students earn honors – Lyon holds Academic Day

    Nine area high schools and junior high schools recently competed in the Lyon College Regional Academic Day on the Lyon College campus. Junior and senior high students from Batesville, Highland, Mammoth Spring, Melbourne, Midland, Mountain View, Norfork, Southside and St. Cecilia’s Girls School were invited …

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  • Ozarka schedules commencement

    MELBOURNE — The 2013 Ozarka College commencement will be held at 7 p.m. May 16 in the John E. Miller Education Complex Auditorium on the Melbourne campus. Any student who graduated in December 2012, or who will be graduating with a degree or certificate in …

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  • Country Quilters to meet

    SALEM — The members of the Country Quilters Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Hickenbotham-Miller Building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. A brief business meeting will be followed by refreshments. The first Quilter’s Beginner Class will follow refreshments and end at …

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  • Area author releases novel

    PANGBURN — A Pangburn man’s book, “A Time of Awakening,” was released by Tate Publishing Co. this week, said Jim Miller, marketing representative for the publisher. Bill Haile Sr.’s book tells the story of David Cross, about the fastest young man in the whole village …

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  • Ozarka accepting LPN program applications

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is accepting applications for the fall 2013 licensed practical nursing program through April 1. The program is currently available at Melbourne, Ash Flat and Mountain View. To enroll, students should visit www.ozarka.edu and complete the online application for admission and select …

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  • Free insurance help offered

    For anyone having trouble with an insurance company — there is somewhere to go — and it’s free to consumers. The Arkansas Insurance Department Consumer Services Division assists consumers with complaints and inquiries regarding insurance companies, agents and adjusters and also provides educational and materials …

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  • Head Start taking apps

    Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 year. Head Start is a free preschool program for children who will be 3 or 4 by Aug. 1.  NADC Head Start offers kindergarten readiness, state quality approved classrooms, certified teachers, USDA …

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