• Martha Brock

    CONCORD — Martha Jane Heinrich Brock, 77, of Concord died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in a Little Rock hospital. Born Aug. 21, 1935, in Batesville, she was the daughter of J.B. and Flora Brock Heinrich. She was a longtime employee of the Batesville Walmart. Her …

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  • Betty Kerr

    SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. — Elizabeth Ruth “Betty” Kerr, 82, of Springfield, Tenn., formerly of Ozark Acres, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Survivors include two sons, Mark Kerr of Bryan, Texas, and Clifton Kerr of Granby, Mo.; a daughter, Terry Towe of Springfield; a brother, G.W. Shanks …

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  • Should we care if pigs are smarter than dogs?

    My son Gideon, age 9, is hog wild about the classic CBS sitcom “Green Acres,” which counts the super-intelligent pig Arnold Ziffel among its characters. So I couldn’t resist the recent Associated Press headline “Pigs Smart As Dogs? Activists Pose The Question.” The article is …

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  • How to help fast-food workers

    Doubling the minimum wage may seem like a good way to help fast-food workers, but it would hurt them instead. So what should we do? We must sweep away the government-created barriers to income earning, barriers that protect established businesses from competition and rob the …

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  • Make it fun!: Feeding the squeamish

    One of my adult relatives who shall remain nameless has SES (Squeamish Eater Syndrome). I love her in spite of her affliction. As a mother, I’m familiar with squeamish eaters. Out of my three kids, only one was a real squeamer, Joanna. The list of …

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  • Fostering hope – Strangers become a family

    Judy Bales had raised four children from her first marriage and was enjoying being a grandmother when her husband Tracy called her at work one day and told her that he wanted children. “I laughed at him,” Judy said. But Tracy wasn’t kidding. Judy, who …

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  • Teens allegedly beaten in home invasion

    Three black men allegedly armed with guns and hammers are being blamed for a home invasion where they beat two teenagers and took $2,700 in cash. Deputy Shay Moore got the early morning call and was dispatched to 103 Cherry Street around 3 a.m. When …

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  • Sex offender found after domestic call

    Newport — A sex offender who moved without telling police as required by law is now facing felony charges, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. On July 31, a warrant was issued by the Jackson County Circuit Court …

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  • Alcohol tax generates $19K so far in 2013

    Sharp County may be wet now, but the Batesville city coffers don’t seem to be feeling much effect yet. Still, while one alcohol-permitted restaurant has closed in town, another eatery has obtained its own permit, keeping Batesville’s overall alcohol tax revenues at a pretty level …

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  • Pawn shop reports theft

    Stealing from others to help pay toward fines probably wasn’t such a good idea. Business owner Terry Barnett said he noticed a man looking around his store had left taking two porter cable air compressors with him when the white Nissan was leaving the property. …

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  • HSIC to host dog bath/dip, vaccination clinic

    The Humane Society of Independence County will have its only dog bath/dip and vaccination clinic of the year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A bath or dip is $15 or $20 for both. Dr. Nanci Solis will be available to give vaccinations, test …

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  • Couple fighting ends in arrest for marijuana

    Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy James Woods was called to the 4700 block of North St. Louis for a possible disturbance. The caller said a woman was being thrown to the ground by a man and they were possibly in a white car. When Woods arrived …

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