• ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Duck Dynasty’?

    Just consider me late to the party. I knew I did not wish to start watching any more shows on television, but I started not one but two more, anyway. I recently went to the library — yes, the Independence County Library right here on …

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  • A New Yorker’s view of gun control

    During my last visit to New York City, I stumbled into an unexpected discussion about its restrictive gun polices. The discussion occurred after I ducked into a coffee shop. The place was empty except for three transit employees. “I don’t know why the kid shot …

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  • Nadal’s slam total grows to 13 with win over Djokovic

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal was not quite ready to contemplate his place in tennis history. It had been less than two hours since a gripping victory over Novak Djokovic earned Nadal his second U.S. Open championship and 13th Grand Slam title overall. So …

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  • Learn to use your school counselor

    As the new school year gets under way, your school age children will be facing a whole new set of opportunities and challenges. While it is common for parents to focus on the school’s classroom teachers, there’s an important resource that too many parents simply …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Auto racing CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — While Clint Bowyer’s spin got all the attention at Richmond, a few questions from a puzzled Brian Vickers and the promise of a post-race kiss led to one hefty punishment from NASCAR. Ryan Newman replaced Martin Truex Jr. in …

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  • Registration now open for Home School Day

    Old Independence Regional Museum will host its fall Home School Day from 9 a.m. until noon Sept. 30, with sign-in beginning at 8:45 a.m., said Amanda Nikkel, humanities educator. Registration and a program fee of $5 are due by Sept. 25. “This fall our theme …

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  • Questions persist about standoff

    PINE BLUFF — When the time came to move 107-year-old Monroe Isadore to a new home, police say he resisted and barricaded himself inside. Authorities tried using a camera to monitor him, along with negotiating tactics, and finally gas to get him to come out. …

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  • Robert Hutchins

    ROSIE — Robert D. Hutchins, 50, of Rosie died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at his home. Born Dec. 8, 1962, at Newport, he was the son of Bobby and Ima Jean Preston Hutchins. He had worked for Arkansas Steel in Newport for many years. He …

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  • James Burton Jr.

    SIDNEY — James Edward Burton Jr., 44, of Sidney died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Mountain View. Born July 21, 1969, in Helena, he was the son of James Edward Burton Sr. and Georgia Carolyn Childers Burton. He was a 1988 graduate of West Helena …

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  • Tommie Richardson

    ASH FLAT — Tommie Richardson, 86, of Ash Flat died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born Aug. 23, 1927, in Garfield, Okla., she was the daughter of William and Estie Harrison Bearden. She was united in marriage to Jack Richardson on Nov. …

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  • Clora May

    Clora Alice Crowell May, 97, of Batesville died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Born June 10, 1916, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Harry L. and Mamie E. Apple Crowell. She was a member of Southside Church of Christ. She enjoyed music, dancing and cooking …

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  • Cards sweep Bucs, lead division

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates will take their quest for a winning season and resurgence in the National Leauge Central race to Texas. Charlie Morton won’t be going with them. The Pirates starter headed back to Pittsburgh on Sunday because of an injured …

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