• Autumn Color Tour offered

    RUSSELLVILLE — Forest visitors are invited to reserve space for the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests’ 52nd annual Fall Color Tour scheduled for Oct. 18 in Jasper, according to a news release. The tour begins at the Newton County courthouse where buses will take the tour …

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  • Workshop set for educators

    JONESBORO — A schoolyard habitat workshop for educators will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, located at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro. Participants will learn to take students outdoors to explore and …

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  • Gospel group Casting Crowns to perform at ASU-MH

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Gospel group Casting Crowns will present “The Acoustic Sessions Live” with special guest Dara Maclean at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University in Mountain Home. Since its launch in 2003, the …

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  • Butler, Foster to wed

    Richard and Kathy Butler of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jamie Richelle Butler, to James Logan Foster, son of David and Lisa Foster of Pleasant Plains. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Patti Atwood of Talihina, Okla., and Irene …

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  • More ideas than finished projects

    Oh, Pinterest, you temptress. Every time we meet, you make me long for crafts I shall never make, foods I will never prepare, places I will never visit, and words I will never live by. Yet, I can’t give you up. Autumn has arrived — …

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  • Obama doing the Clinton Two-Step

    I only make predictions that are easy. That’s why they come true. I have no formula. You can do it, too. Just apply appropriate historical precedent, context and logic. Prediction: Syria will keep the vast majority of their chemical weapons and Iran will have nuclear …

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  • Senator Ahab is a Sneetch, and you can’t teach a Sneetch

    There no longer lies any shame in obsession. Monomania reigns supreme in this country. Along with twerking. Once a month the local news features sports fans who have turned entire houses into shrines to their favorite team. We all know the conspiracy guy with his …

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  • Museum opens new exhibit, Civil ‘War Comes to Us’

    “War Comes to Us,” a new exhibit at Old Independence Regional Museum, focuses on the Civil War in our part of the state during those turbulent years, said curator Twyla Wright. “The exhibit fills the museum’s First Community Bank Gallery room with artifacts and panels …

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  • Ralph Wallis

    Ralph Wallis, 92, of Batesville died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born April 21, 1921, in Birdell, he was the son of Thaddeus and Allie Mamie Hufstedler Wallis. Survivors include four sons, Clarence Wallis of Wichita, Kan., Jim Wallis of Maumelle, Frank …

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  • Roger Johns Jr.

    MAGNESS — Roger Dale Johns Jr., 38, of Magness died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Batesville. Born Aug. 17, 1975, in Bakersfield, Calif., he was the son of Roger Dale Johns Sr. and Rita Cleveland Johns Kirk. He was a correctional officer. Survivors include his …

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  • James Staggs

    LONOKE — James Linden Staggs, 84, of Lonoke died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Waldron. Born May 13, 1929, in Independ-ence County, he was the son of Elisha F. and Veda Staggs. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. He was …

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  • Floraye Harmon

    WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Floraye Harmon, 75, of Williams, Ariz., died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Williams. Born April 25, 1938, in Batesville, she was the daughter of L.E. and May Griffin Poole. She was living in California at the time of her retirement from J.C. …

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