• George J. Wright – Paid Obituary

    Brother George J. Wright was born in Izard County, Arkansas, on March 21, 1927. After finishing school in Sidney, Arkansas, in 1944 he volunteered for the Navy in August of that year. He served in World War II in the South Pacific, North Pacific, the …

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  • Colorado’s legal weed sales will be spotty

    DENVER — Legal marijuana sales in Colorado are set to start on Jan. 1, or so the law says. Knowing when the recreational pot shops will actually open, however, is anyone’s guess. The state’s 160 hopeful pot shops are so mired in red tape and …

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  • Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

    WASHINGTON — Young American women are increasingly likely to receive pay nearly equal to their male counterparts, with earnings at 93 percent of men, a new study finds. Still, those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality. A report released …

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  • Health care sign-ups picking up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running short, the nation’s health care rolls still aren’t filling up fast enough. New sign-up numbers Wednesday showed progress for President Barack Obama’s health care law, but not enough to guarantee that Americans who want and need coverage by Jan. …

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  • No. 1 Arizona breaks away, wins big

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Ashley scored 15 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and No. 1 Arizona shook off a slow start to dominate New Mexico State 74-48 on Wednesday night. Arizona (10-0) labored out of the gate in its first game as the nation’s …

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  • ’Rabbits slam No. 12 Nittany Lions, 83-79

    BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Megan Waytashek and Steph Paluch scored 18 points apiece as South Dakota State defeated No. 12 Penn State 83-79 despite squandering a 20-point halftime lead Wednesday night. The Jackrabbits (7-4) had a 23-point lead when Paluch opened the second half with …

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  • Voters say ‘no’ to extending tax 19,037 registered voters, only 2,063 voted

    The voters of Independence County voted against renewing the quarter-cent economic development tax. Unofficial election results show of the 2,063 residents that voted, 714 were for the tax and 1,349 against. The news came as a surprise to Economic Development Director Larry Jones, who was …

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  • ‘Shop with a Cop’ gets boost

    For the approximately 100 Independence County children in foster care or pre-adoptive placement, Christmas can be an uncertain time. Shop with a Cop is an annual event that pairs these children with area police officers, firefighters and other first responders for a special shopping trip. …

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  • Batesville fires second transportation director

    Six months after being hired as the Batesville School District’s new transportation director, Jason Erwin is without a job this morning after being accused of stealing school property. The Batesville School Board in a special meeting Tuesday night voted to terminate Erwin’s contract “with cause” …

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  • Patient bolts barefoot into snow, flees police

    Before Vital Link could get a patient to the emergency room he bolted and ran barefoot into the ice and snow. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Randy Jones said he was flagged down by the emergency transport employees at the Ozark Furniture parking lot and was …

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  • As anniversary nears: Flags sent in memory of Sandy Hook victims

    A Batesville pharmacy owner, an inventor and several other businesses and individuals last week shipped 78 U.S. flags and flag holders to the Sandy Hook School District in Newtown, Conn. and to the governor of that state at the Capitol in Hartford, in memory of …

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  • Events rescheduled due to inclement weather

    Two events have been rescheduled due to last week’s inclement weather, while two more have been postponed but no new date has been set yet.   HRA craft show Health Resources of Arkansas Evergreen Christmas Crafts show will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today …

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