• Felonies filed after escape

    Edgar Ibarra, 25, the man who escaped from a community service work detail twice in three days, has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court, with one count of third-degree escape, which is a class C felony. Ibarra escaped Saturday morning while working with other …

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  • Road to be closed

    The Charlotte end of Holcomb Cemetery Road will be closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to replace culverts, according to the county judge’s office. Drivers are asked to use alternative routes.

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  • Counties leery of Blueways title for White River

    STUTTGART (AP) — Several Arkansas counties are opposing a federal designation that names the White River and its watershed part of the National Blueways System The federal government announced earlier this year that the 700-mile river will be the second in the country to receive …

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  • S-Rock reschedules meeting

    SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council’s regular meeting originally set for Monday night has been postponed one week because an attorney involved in drafting a trailer ordinance was to be unable to attend, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite. The meeting was rescheduled for 6 …

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  • Cooke elected president of Independent Insurance Agents

    John Cooke of White River Insurance Agency in Batesville was elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas at their 112th annual convention held June 3-5, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla. Cooke has previously served on the IIAA Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Other …

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  • Owens awarded for substance abuse prevention

    Heath Owens, prevention program specialist for Region 3 Prevention Resource Center, Health Resources of Arkansas Inc., received the Outstanding Newcomer in Prevention Award from the Arkansas Prevention Network, (APNet), a statewide prevention advocacy association. The presentation of this award was made by APNet board member …

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  • Peppersauce Players present program

    CALICO ROCK — The Peppersauce Players will present “Take a Peek,” a two-hour program of music and local history, at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calico Rock Music Hall, located at the intersection of Highways 5 and 56 in Calico Rock. …

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  • Simmons reunion scheduled

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The descendants of Wilf and Mattie Moore Simmons and Robert and Eunice Kirkland Simmons will have a reunion Friday and Saturday at Hutchinson Mountain Community Building, located on Camp Tahkodah Road in the Hutchinson Mountain community. A potluck will be served at …

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  • Club News

    River Valley Canners The River Valley Canners division of the Independence County Extension Homemakers met at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Extension Office. Nadine Woodward demonstrated how to make jelly using the Ball jam and jelly maker with the help of Toy Siler and …

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  • This Day in History…

    Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2013. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride, 32, became America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues (commander Robert L. …

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  • Church to hold gospel meeting

    EVENING SHADE — Main Street Church of Christ in Evening Shade will have a gospel meeting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Wayne Goff.

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  • Couple to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Billy and Carolyn Cox of Batesville will mark their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. A family reception was recently hosted by their sons and daughters-in-law at the home of Robbie Cox. Carolyn Cross and Billy Cox were married June 22, 1963, in Cedar Creek, Tenn., in …

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