• Sports Briefs

    Boston Marathon BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon will accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year’s race, making room for the more than 5,000 people stopped on the course this year when two bombs went off and for many of those wanting to run …

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  • Love thy neighbor? Many of us don’t even know them or care about them

    Many years ago I heard a man on a radio show say that America went downhill when people began building decks on the backs of their homes. He went on to explain that front porches were where neighbors got to know each other over a …

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  • America’s bucket list

    Over the summer I’ve perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before “kicking the bucket”) and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation. Someone is always predicting that …

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  • Heat brings back drought worries in Midwest

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops. Temperatures soared to records in recent days in parts of the region, reaching nearly …

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  • Center allows women, children

    NEWPORT — For Megan Roche using drugs meant using her children to get what she wanted. It reached a point where she couldn’t even get $5 from her parents. “It got so bad they would go to the Walmart and get stuff but I would …

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  • Former Pioneer arrested – Melton charged with murder

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Police say former Batesville Pioneer and Arkansas Razorback football player Josh Melton has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in the death of a northwest Arkansas man. Fayetteville police say Melton was arrested Wednesday after Melton and a friend spent Tuesday …

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  • Roller-Crouch honored with Pursuit of Excellence Award

    Top honors were given to Roller-Crouch Funeral Home by the National Funeral Directors Association with the 2013 Pursuit of Excellence Award. There are only 153 firms from around the world, placing the local business among an elite group of funeral service providers. In order to …

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  • Mom, upset by son, calls police

    An out-of-control child with a shotgun resulted in the son being jailed and put on suicide watch. Officer Mike Price said he was called to 713 Bates St. and found Sgt. Shawn Stephens already at the residence. Price said the mother said her son had …

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  • Red Cross to host blood drive

    The American Red Cross will team up with Verizon Wireless to host a “Summer in the City” blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 3050 Harrison St., Suite A, in Batesville. Hot dogs will be served, and prizes will be given away. The …

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  • Benefit set for couple injured by drunk driver

    A benefit for John and Michelle Rogers will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at White River Amphitheatre Pavilions 2 and 3 in Batesville. Events will include a barbecue plate meal for $5, a pie auction and gospel singing featuring New Creation, Saved by Grace, Adam …

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  • Body sent for autopsy

    No foul play is suspected, but the body of a 20-year-old Independence County man has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Officers were dispatched Wednesday night to …

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  • Stokes to mark 100 years

    Hazel Bowen Stokes will celebrate her 100th birthday with a reception at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Lawn Heights nursing facility, located at 2800 Neeley St. in Batesville. Stokes was born Sept. 1, 1913, in Batesville. She lived in Forrest City for many years and is …

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