• Batesville Bad Dawgs go 5-0 in AAU baseball tournament

    The Batesville Bad Dawgs, an 8-and-under Amateur Athletic Union baseball team, recently won the 31st Annual Wally Hall Tournament of Champions in Benton. The team went unbeaten in the tournament, defeating DeMarini Assault out of Texas 18-10, Saline County Cyclones 11-3, Eagle Elite 16-8, Benton …

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  • Bachmann is dead; long live Ted Cruz

    Rep. Michele Bachmann’s retirement is a blow to the late-night comedians who laughed at her confusing actor John Wayne with serial killer John Wayne Gacy or her insisting that HPV vaccine caused mental retardation. Her absence also leaves a leadership void among the radical Tea …

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  • ASU announces Chancellor’s and Deans’ Lists

    JONESBORO — More than 2,100 students have been named to the Chancellor’s and Deans’ lists for the spring 2013 semester at Arkansas State University. The two lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of …

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  • Jacqueline Vaughan

    SOUTHSIDE — Jacqueline H. Vaughan, 80, of Southside died Sunday, June 2, 2013. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Zion Baptist Church with Bob Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Kyler Cemetery at Southside. Pallbearers will be Greg Altom, Ricky Altom, …

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  • Larry Thomas

    HARRISBURG — Larry Joe Thomas, 59, of Harrisburg died Sunday, June 2, 2013, in a Jonesboro hospital. Born Dec. 21, 1954, in Newport, he was the son of Coy Howard Thomas and Hazel Green Thomas. He was a farm worker and was of the Baptist …

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  • Oma Burress

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Oma M. Hays Burress, 90, of Pleasant Plains died Sunday, June 2, 2013, in Searcy. Born Sept. 29, 1922, in Pleasant Plains, she was the daughter of Marcus E. and Maggie Fuller Hays. She enjoyed working outside, especially gardening, quilting, caring for …

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  • Helen Mason

    Helen Pierce Mason of Batesville died Monday, June 3, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born in Bethesda, she was the daughter of Luther Andrew and Ella Wallace Burrow. She was a homemaker and was a member of Jubilee Family Church in Batesville. Survivors include her …

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  • Relay totals $52K

    The first year Gwen Thompson attended Relay For Life of Independence County she watched from afar. More than a decade later the breast cancer survivor serves on the local chapter’s committee. On Friday evening she along with husband Dwane and dozens of survivors and supporters …

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  • Couple’s retirement right on par

    Dennis and Dorriese Butler can’t say they are high school sweethearts but it’s at the Batesville School District where their relationship became something more, and soon it will be where they will say goodbye to those who have become like family. Retirement, however, will have …

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  • Traffic stop yields arrest

    MELBOURNE — A May 25 traffic stop by Izard County Deputy Acy Beebe has resulted in multiple drug charges on Beth Frey, driver of the vehicle, according to a news release from Sheriff Tate Lawrence. During the traffic stop, Beebe’s K-9 partner Hugo, a certified …

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  • County looks at vote centers

    Next May, some voters may be going to a new site to cast their ballots. Charlie Morris with the Independence County Judge’s Office said Act 1389 of 2013 basically allows for “vote centers,” where people can vote outside their precinct on Election Day. If the …

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  • Girl’s autopsy still pending

    WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Lawrence County authorities say they’re still waiting for an autopsy report on the cause of death of a 14-year-old Walnut Ridge girl. Sheriff Jody Dotson said that a preliminary autopsy report on the death of Sidney Randall has not been released …

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