• Dr. Stanley Reed

    Dr. Stanley R. Reed, 82, of Batesville died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. David Steele and Justin Ledbetter officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will …

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  • HUD awards $16M to provide housing for families, seniors

    LITTLE ROCK — Two cities in Independence County will each receive more than $60,000 for their public housing authorities, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. The money is to be used to make major large-scale …

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  • MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ iconic speech to turn 50

    Mark your calendar for Aug. 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll be thinking of Dr. King on that anniversary …

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  • Union forces planned to occupy Little Rock

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union forces were steadfast in their plan to occupy Little Rock. As they repaired infrastructure destroyed by the Confederates, the slow process of moving an army through hostile territory was not easy. As the Clarendon bridge was mended and …

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  • Culture of rudeness

    “What do you mean, Americans have gotten ruder?” “Poll after poll has been showing it in recent years. Nearly 70 percent of respondents to an Associated Press poll said people are ruder than they were 20 or 30 years ago.” “Why would that be?” “Lots …

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  • Black with white stripes? Or white with black stripes? Family adds zebra to menagerie

    OXFORD — Sometimes you’ve just got to do something crazy. For Brian Smith, that translates into surprising his wife right before her birthday with a zebra. “Who doesn’t want a zebra?” he asked, laughing. The zebra is about 2 weeks old. He and wife B.J. …

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  • Man accused of rape of 3 girls, child porn

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — A 20-year-old man is facing charges in two counties after being accused of raping three girls and viewing child porn. Jackey Lee Dalton Jr., 20, is being charged in Fulton County with five counts of rape, a class Y felony, and three …

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  • Law officers to follow AG’s advice on open carry

    Advocates of the open carrying of firearms were looking forward to Friday, when Act 746 of the 2013 Arkansas Legislature goes into effect. That law, they believe, will allow open carry of weapons without a permit. However, on July 6, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel …

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  • Former Pioneer Price looks right to Bielema

    FAYETTEVILLE — Batesville Pioneer, come on down, your Price is right. Not from Bob Barker or Drew Carey, but from Bret Bielema came the stunning news that Batesville’s Price Holmes is right even beyond being a University of Arkansas scholar and football walk-on. The 2009 …

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  • Traffic stop by state police officer leads to arrest

    ASH FLAT — Arkansas State Police officer Seth Higginbottom on Friday stopped a vehicle south of Evening Shade for a seat belt violation, leading to an arrest of the driver on drug and theft by receiving charges and a search for a fleeing passenger, according …

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  • Newport man shot, uncooperative with police

    NEWPORT — Newport police were dispatched Monday night to Harris Hospital in Newport in reference to a shooting victim arriving at the emergency room identified as 38-year-old Romie Grady Jr. of Newport. A preliminary investigation determined Grady was dropped off at the hospital at about …

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  • Alleged shoplifter hits Denim Blues

    A reported shoplifter at Denim Blues on Tuesday may have driven away with $320 in merchandise, but she also got a ride to jail and faces an aggravated robbery charge for allegedly trying to run over an employee with her car. Independence County Deputy Daniel …

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