• Man accused in fight; bail set at $500k

    NEWPORT — A $500,000 bond has been set for a Little Rock man following a fight that left one injured Thursday. According to Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas, at approximately 10:11 p.m. sheriff’s deputies responded to 1122 Jackson County Road 68 after receiving a call …

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  • Domestic arrest tops Izard crime reports

    MELBOURNE — One arrest was made Wednesday after Izard County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance Wednesday. Deputies were dispatched to a Park Street address where a woman said that she had confronted her fiance, James Filchak, “about his abusive drinking,” Sheriff Tate Lawrence …

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  • BAAC hires new executive director

    The Batesville Area Arts Council has announced the appointment of its new executive director, Paige Dirksen. Dirksen has served as co-interim director for the past six months and served on the board of directors prior to that time. “I’m thrilled and honored to be leading …

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  • 2.95-carat diamond unearthed

    MURFREESBORO (AP) — State parks officials say a Kentucky man discovered a nearly 3-carat diamond Thursday at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds park. Terry Staggs of Richmond discovered the 2.95-carat champagne brown diamond — the largest diamond found so far this year at the park in …

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  • Local bank to close

    Bank of America, located at 250 S. Broad St., will be closing its doors and its ATM on Oct. 25. The closing comes due to a decline in transactions, according to Diane Wagner, spokesperson for Bank of America, who said customers are using online and …

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  • Boil order lifted

    The boil water notice for the Pfeiffer Public Water Authority was lifted Friday afternoon, according to officials. This order was issued last week as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system as a result of complete …

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  • Filing deadline nears

    While Independence County had no school board filings as of this morning, Izard, Sharp and Lawrence counties did, according to information from the clerks’ offices. The deadline to file to run for the annual school board elections is noon Tuesday. They are: Sharp County Cave …

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  • Velvet Ridge hosts guest speaker

    VELVET RIDGE — Eddie James Ministries will be ministering at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Velvet Ridge Church of God. Doors will open at 6. James travels the world with a team of approximately 40 men and women who minister through worship, dance and drama. The …

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  • Hearing set over Springdale brewery’s permit

    SPRINGDALE (AP) — Environmental regulators will hold a hearing this fall to reconsider a wastewater storage permit the state granted to a northwest Arkansas brewery, after the local water district voiced concerns that it could imperil the area’s drinking water. The Beaver Water District requested …

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  • 1 held after nightclub shooting

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities arrested a Junction City man on suspicion of battery after a shooting at an El Dorado nightclub left three people injured. Police say the shooting happened early Saturday at The Brick House. According to police, officers responding to a disturbance …

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  • Officials to receive training

    Members of the Independence County Election Commission, election coordinators and the Independence County clerk’s staff will receive hands-on training on electronic poll books Tuesday at the Craighead County Election Commission facility in Jonesboro. The election commission is moving forward possibly going to a voting center …

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  • Groundbreaking set at John 3:16 Ministries

    CHARLOTTE — John 3:16 Ministries will break ground on its new multi-purpose building at 10 a.m. Tuesday at 75 Holmes Road in Charlotte. The event is open to the public. The new 24,000-square-foot building will have the capacity to seat more than 1,200 people and …

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