• Two plead guilty to molesting young girls

    Monroe Howel Kemp of Floral claimed he couldn’t control himself when two young girls ran around his trailer in their underwear and T-shirts. Now he will have plenty of time to figure out how to — the 64-year-old Kemp has been sentenced to 32 years …

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  • Gambling house sitter sentenced

    A woman arrested as part of a gambling ring in a Southside strip mall last December has been sentenced to probation by 16th Judicial Circuit Judge Dan Kemp, according to documents from Independence County Circuit Court. Barbara Rutledge of Brown Lane received three years probation …

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  • Deer meat is welcome donation

    Three mornings a week, Jim McVay sees the effects of economic recession. Hundreds of people living in this county turn to Batesville Help and Hope each week, where they can load up on anything from canned goods to fresh produce — and once in a …

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  • Motel customer gets room for the night — at local jail

    The desk clerk of a local motel may not have been able to get a man to go to his room but before the night was over the man was spending it at the county jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Zach Rawlins said he was …

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  • Dynamic Designs: Bringing ideas to life

    Cara Moss has recently opened her own business, Dynamic Designs, and said she wants to help her customers bring their ideas to life. Her graphic design company offers logo design and redesign, banners, signs, vehicle graphics and business cards. Moss, who has been doing graphic …

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  • Teacher honored

    JONESBORO — Dawn Tucker’s students consider her one of those rare teachers who “takes a genuine interest in the lives and futures of her students.” Self-proclaimed “Tuck’s Minions,” at least five of Tucker’s Jonesboro High School students — Colten Baker, Emma Watkins, McKenzie Griffin, Reagan …

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  • 2 teens severely burned in haunted house fire

    BONO (AP) — Two teenagers working as volunteers at a northeast Arkansas haunted house suffered severe burns when another worker poured paint thinner into a burning barrel, causing it to burst into flames, authorities said. The fire broke out late Saturday at Nightmare Productions Haunted …

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  • Bridge work to limit boat navigation on lake

    HEBER SPRINGS (AP) — Arkansas transportation officials say work to replace a bridge will limit boat navigation on Greers Ferry Lake in Cleburne County. Crews are replacing the Highway 225 Bridge, which is located just east of Hill Creek Recreation Area. Transportation officials say the …

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  • Sharp Co. Fair receives grant

    ASH FLAT — Gov. Mike Beebe and Director John Andrews presented $19,023 to six county fair associations selected for funding through the Fiscal Year 2014 County Fair Building Grant Program. The awards ceremony took place at the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol on …

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  • Board names new president

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board reorganized its officers when it met Oct. 15 for its monthly meeting and named a new president for the 2013-14 year. C.T. Thomas was named president, taking the position from Ernie Pectol, while member Jerry Henderson was named …

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  • Exploring rocks to be topic

    Old Independence Regional Museum will host a free program entitled “Arkansas Rocks!” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Featured speaker Sandra Chandler is the educational outreach geologist for the Arkansas Geological Survey. Her program, she said, “will include looking at the minerals and rocks which are of …

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  • Theft, drugs, assault among recent sentencings in circuit court

    Recent sentences handed down by 16th Judicial District Judge John Dan Kemp include: • Martin Pizanawski was sentenced to five years probation for theft by receiving. • Jason R. Cox was sentenced to six years in prison for possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia with …

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