• Blackwell wins second talent contest this week

    Shawn Blackwell performed the same song two nights in a row at the Independence County Fair — and won the contests both times. Tuesday night, 20-year-old Blackwell was named the winner of the vocal solo portion of the youth talent competition. Then Wednesday, Blackwell won …

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  • Woman accused of taking bluetooth

    Shoplifting from Walmart landed a Cave City woman in jail after she ran from the loss prevention officer, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Anthony Carter said the loss prevention officer watched as 24-year-old Vashti Lee Ledford selected a Plantonics …

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  • Photos, stories sought for Fitzhugh Park ‘farewell party’

    There will be a farewell party for Fitzhugh Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 on Field #3 (machine-pitch field). Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. Batesville parks director Jeff Owens is currently looking for old photos pertaining to the park. …

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  • Crawford Mobile Office to visit Salem, Melbourne

    JONESBORO — To meet the needs of his constituents, Congressman Rick Crawford’s Mobile Office will visit both the Fulton County Courthouse and the Izard County Courthouse on July 24. The Mobile Office visit will be at the Fulton County Courthouse in Salem from 10 a.m. …

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  • School in session

    Summer school isn’t about punishment. For Batesville School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Willison and others it’s a second chance and one that shows to be working for more than a dozen junior high students. At Monday’s school board meeting Batesville Junior High Principal Brent Bogy …

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  • Small quakes hit near Trumann

    TRUMANN (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes near Trumann in northeast Arkansas. The USGS reports a 3.2 magnitude quake struck about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday three miles southwest of Trumann. The second quake was a 2.4 magnitude tremor recorded about 6:10 …

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  • Drought conditions worsening

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Drought conditions are worsening in Arkansas as summer starts to heat up. New U.S. Drought Monitor data released today show that severe drought has cropped up in a small section of northwest Arkansas and southwest Arkansas. Nearly all the state is …

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  • Searcy gun shop burglarized

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy police are investigating after someone broke into a gun shop and stole 20 handguns. Police say the burglary happened early Wednesday at Ultimate Outdoors on Main Street. According to police, officers responded to a burglary alarm and noticed a window had …

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  • Batesville Little Pageants registration now under way

    The 2014 Batesville “Little Pageants” are open to Independence County residents only and will take place July 29 and 30. Last year’s (2013) title holder cannot be a contestant in the pageant. The entry fee is $30 or $40 for those also entering photogenic. Registration …

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  • Awards presented at Lyon College basketball camp

    Lyon Sports Information Along with Scot Award winners Kylee and Mikayla Kirk, a number of other award and contest winners were recognized Thursday at the end of the Lyon College Junior and Senior High Girls Basketball Camp. Allison Tackett and Hope Lange won the senior …

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  • Caveman helps Arkansas Wings to fourth in national AAU hoops

    Cave City Caveman Jacob Patterson recently helped the Arkansas Wings Elite to a fourth-place finish in the Amateur Athletic Union Division I 15-and-under National Tournament in Little Rock. Patterson, a 6-foot, 6-inch sophomore who won all-district honors for the Cave City junior high team last …

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  • Presley wins drag race title

    NEWPORT — David Presley won the Street stock division at the Newport Dragstrip Sunday as Randall Rudd finished second and Edward Littlejohn followed in third. Divo Bishop won the Footbrake division followed by Don Holcomb and Ross WIlliams, respectively. In the Super Pro division, Tom …

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