• Diane Mann – Paid Obituary

    Genita Diane Mann, 70, of Locust Grove died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Wood-Lawn Heights Nursing Home. She was born in Locust Grove, Arkansas, on July 2, 1943, to Hansel Harvey Magouyrk and Willistine “Sis” Allen Magouyrk Stewart. She loved antiques and restoring furniture.  She …

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  • LeBron James wins AP Male Athlete of the Year

    MIAMI (AP) — The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. On one hand, he’s the game’s best player. On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like …

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  • NYC transit hubs handle flood of lost-found items

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the handful of New York transit officials who dutifully collect and catalog more than 50,000 items a year lost on commuter trains, subways and buses, the monotonous flood of wallets, handbags, eyeglasses and smartphones is occasionally broken by tales of …

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  • UNOS to oversee hand, face transplants like organs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure your liver or kidney could save someone’s life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver’s license. The government is preparing …

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  • 2 Ark. providers join Medicare cost-lowering plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two health-care provider networks in Arkansas will begin participating in a program that rewards providers for lowering the cost of care for Medicare patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that the new participants are Arkansas …

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  • Documentary goes behind the music in Branson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Documentary filmmakers A.J. Schnack and David Wilson knew it would be easy to make fun of Branson, middle America’s flag-waving, family-friendly celebration of musical variety shows and early-bird dinner specials. The Midwest natives felt a stronger obligation to dig beneath the …

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  • St. Francis Co. declares disaster

    FORREST CITY (AP) — St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for the county after last weekend’s tornado that killed one person and injured several others. The disaster proclamation says damage caused by the storm has created “an emergency disaster …

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  • 2013 marks a busy year for courts in Arkansas

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Challenges to portions of Arkansas’ education system and the state’s execution methods made their way through courts in 2013. A long-running desegregation lawsuit approached an apparent end after decades of state spending totaling more than $1 billion. Challenges to the state’s …

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  • Program disputes district judge’s figures on seniors’ health care costs

    Last month’s AARP meeting featured District Court Judge Chaney Taylor as a guest speaker who spoke of the increased cost seniors could face because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. However, Melissa Simpson, director of Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), …

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  • Caregiver admits thefts via text

    A couple who needed help from a caregiver said they soon learned she was taking their medications and had pawned their wedding rings. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Aaron Moody said he was called to the Desha residence by the couple in their 60s who said …

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  • Free smoke detectors, fire extinguishers offered

    The Batesville Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers and will install them at no charge. This service is only available to residents in the city limits. The fire department received a $2,500 grant from State Farm to buy 516 smoke detectors …

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  • CC school nets funds for health

    CORD-CHARLOTTE — Innovative Educational Solutions Partnerships recently awarded $2,000 to the Cord-Charlotte Elementary School for healthy school initiatives. The funds will support the schools run-walk program. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students set a goal to reach 1,000 miles and have already logged more than 3,000 miles …

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