• Irish picked over Sun Devils; Gators favored by 14 over Pigs

    As alluring as the holiday season in New York City can be, it’s not exactly what Notre Dame had in mind for a postseason destination. The Fighting Irish (3-2), out of the rankings after last week’s loss to Oklahoma, face No. 22 Arizona State on …

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  • NFL Briefs

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quarterback Josh Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, a week after being benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon. The winless Bucs made the latest move during their bye week after general manager Mark Dominik contacted every …

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  • Beltran blast keys record inning, win

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright started the rally with a full-count walk. By the time it was over, the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace had quite a cushion. Carlos Beltran’s 3-run homer sparked an National League division series-record 7-run third inning and Wainwright kept the …

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  • What’s so ‘dam’ funny?

    On Thursday I went to Heber Springs to report on the 50th anniversary of the Greers Ferry dam along with my co-worker Lacy Mitchell. As many of my readers know, I grew up in Heber Springs and am so proud I got to go cover …

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  • GOP Breaking Bad

    You can smell it as soon as you drive into town. Gilroy, Calif., calls itself the “Garlic Capital of the World,” due to its big garlic crop and its top-of-the line Gilroy Garlic Festival, which features authentic garlic ice cream. At first you can’t pinpoint …

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  • Old, new loves give vet new lease on life

    MOUNT PLEASANT — For most folks, having a hobby or two is something mainly for enjoyment during free time. For some, a hobby might even lead to some extra income. But for Alan “Skip” Gasperich, his longtime love for music and a newfound passion for …

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  • Allen retires

    “Local murder case could make legal history.” “Two Batesville lawyers face contempt charges.”  “Local case could alter criminal justice system.”  “Murder suspect tastes freedom after 14 months.”   Framed stories and headlines, awards, thousands of files, along with numerous other mementos will soon be boxed …

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  • Man taken to jail twice in same day

    Jerrod Floyd wasn’t out of jail long before he landed there again. The first incident happened around 9 a.m. when Officer Ernie Gillihan was told someone at Kennedy Park was huffing some kind of intoxicant. Gillihan found the 37-year-old Floyd passed out with a can …

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  • Officer doesn’t buy stories

    Dropping the name of the drug task force administrator didn’t work during a traffic stop nor did offering to give up an alleged drug dealer. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Ernie Gillihan said he noticed 37-year-old Shawnee Mcafee of Sidney driving down Lawrence Street and knew …

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  • Bond set at $25K

    Ingesting meth and foaming at the mouth landed another felony charge against a Batesville man, making him a habitual offender. Prosecutor Don McSpadden charged 36-year-old Darrell Lynn Tate with tampering with evidence after he was stopped by Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Zach Rawlins. He initially …

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  • Sheriff: Man tried to sell drugs to undercover cop

                Walnut Ridge — A man who tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer fled when he found who his buyer was, but was captured after a pursuit in Lawrence County. James Thomas Morgan, 34, of Jonesboro was arrested …

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  • Water carnival reports $292,000 in economic impact

    The White River Water Carnival held on Sept. 21 generated just over $292,000 in tourism revenue for Independence County, according to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The total generated revenue was calculated using analysis figures and estimations provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks …

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