• Being TV-less is like missing an old friend

    For more than six months I’ve been without TV. Without live news. Without commercials. Without knowing the latest movie to hit the big screen, and I’m lost just like that TV show with the same name. Via the Internet I’ve been able to catch some …

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  • Wren, Rapert call for teacher health insurance meetings

    LITTLE ROCK — Rep. Tommy Wren of Melbourne and Sen. Jason Rapert said Friday they would schedule a series of special meetings of the Senate and House Committees on Insurance and Commerce to develop a strategy for holding down the spiraling costs of teacher health …

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  • Mary Smart

    Mary Florence Smart, 53, of Batesville died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Batesville. Born Jan. 19, 1960, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Elvis Green and Geraldine Frazier Green Fulbright. She worked in the warehouse at Pilgrim’s Pride. She was of the Baptist faith. …

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  • Jesteen Tieman

    SAGE — Jesteen G. Tieman, 103, of Sage died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Melbourne. Born Aug. 13, 1910, in Wayland, Mo., she was the daughter of Jess and Neoma Briggs Tollman. Before moving from Iowa in 1993, she worked at the W.A. Sheaffer Pen …

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  • Mary Walton

    Mary J. Walton, 60, of Batesville died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born March 22, 1953, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Thomas Paul and Claudie Mae Qualls Long. She was a homemaker and a member of Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church …

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  • Coke says it hasn’t changed its formula, but other brands have

    ATLANTA — Coca-Cola keeps the recipe for its 127-year-old soda inside an imposing steel vault that’s bathed in red security lights. Several cameras monitor the area to make sure the fizzy formula stays a secret. But in one of the many signs that the surveillance …

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  • Cemetery vandalism reported

    PARAGOULD (AP) — Greene County officials say vandals knocked over and broke 42 headstones. The caretaker of the Gainesville Cemetery said vandals had struck previously but that damage in the past week was particularly bad. Buford Williams said the markers would have to be repaired …

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  • Economists: Home sales better

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Home sales in Arkansas are improving but still haven’t rebounded to prerecession levels, according to economists and real estate agents. The Arkansas Realtors Association said about 24,000 homes were sold last year in Arkansas, based on a survey of 43 counties …

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  • Carnival to feature events new, old

    Some new events will be added and some old favorites will be brought back to this year’s White River Water Carnival, set for Sept. 21 at Riverside Park in Batesville. The date of the carnival was changed last year from the summer to the fall …

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  • Stolen rings pawned, melted

    Rings valued at $4,000 were immediately pawned for $240 and the Cave City woman caught on camera is facing a felony charge. Angela Lewis is charged with taking two wedding rings from Thompson’s Jewelry in Batesville on Aug. 9. Lewis, who is 32, told the …

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  • Woman accused of filing false report, vandalizing wrong truck

    If Shadra Conley thought filing a false police report would get her ex in trouble, she was wrong. The 23-year-old didn’t just stop with filing a false report, she also took it a step farther and ended up vandalizing the wrong vehicle. Sgt. Shawn Stephens …

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  • Student arrested for coming to school under the influence

    A Cedar Ridge student who reportedly came to school apparently under the influence of drugs Wednesday was sent home, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Rob Leonard said in the report that High School Principal Danny Davis said he needed …

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