• Sports Briefs

    Pro football ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — An associate of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez said he was told Hernandez fired the shots that resulted in the death of a semi-pro football player, according to documents filed in Florida. The records, obtained by …

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  • Population growth is unsustainable

    Thursday, July 11 is World Population Day. The annual observation grew out of the “Day of Five Billion,” July 11, 1987, recognized as the date human population reached that staggering number. More than 25 years down the road, we continue growing unsustainably and are now …

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  • Paula Deen’s career indigestion

    During the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon’s Chief of Staff and co-conspirator H.R. Haldeman reportedly said, “Once the toothpaste is out of the tube it’s hard to get it back in!” and “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.” And so it goes with …

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  • Roger Smith

    ASH FLAT — Roger Lynn Smith, 58, of Ash Flat died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in a Salem hospital. Born April 24, 1955, in Mammoth Spring, he was the son of Leonard and Maxine Cochran Smith. He was a farmer and was of the Assembly …

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  • Thieves stealing downtown plants

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — Businesses in downtown Blytheville are asking for help in catching thieves who has been stealing plants that are part of a beautification effort. Officials say the thefts have been taking place for several months. Among the victims are a salon, a bank …

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  • House speaker named bank’s regional president

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter has been named regional president of Centennial Bank. The bank announced Tuesday the Republican lawmaker from Cabot would oversee the acquisition of Liberty Bank by Centennial’s parent company, Home BancShares Inc. Officials with Home BancShares last …

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  • Farming a family affair for Phillipses

    FRANKLIN — Bryan Phillips just smiles when thinking back on how he got into farming. “I was born,” the 44-year-old says with a laugh. “I grew up on a farm my whole life and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” After going to …

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  • Bond set at $250K

    Why two people were killed during a Saturday night shooting is still a mystery, but a man is being held on a $250,000 bond in connection with their deaths. Two counts of second-degree murder have been filed against Akeem Allajowan Lewis, 23, of 433 W. …

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  • Sibling rivalries pave road to pageant crowns – Local girls prepare for Miss Arkansas

    Mason Magouyrk wasn’t about to let her older sister show her up the year Molly won Miss Independence County, so she entered a pageant of her own — and won a crown as well. She had no idea what a chain reaction that would set …

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  • Woman accused of missing visit, causing problems

    A Newport woman made one too many trips to the same address and ended up facing charges, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Elizabeth Ann French, 43, was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and harassment …

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  • Man allegedly threatens to kill woman after baby is born

    A pregnant woman’s claim that her husband would kill her after the baby was born was backed up by the husband when authorities took him to jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Zachary Lee Rawlings said he met with Amanda Cartwright on Thursday who said she …

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  • Help wanted at juvenile detention center

    If anyone’s looking for a job, Peggy Kendrick, administrator at the White River Juvenile Detention Center, would like to speak to them. At Monday’s meeting, Kendrick told the Independence County Quorum Court her department currently has three openings and despite running help wanted ads, calling …

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