• Letter to the Editor

    Afraid of jobs? Dear editor: Independence County should continue the 0.25% sales tax. This small amount — a quarter of 1% — empowers our community to compete for new jobs. Companies looking to expand care about incentives: money from state and local governments. Other cities and counties …

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  • John Grisham, Arkansas native

    Perhaps best known for the thrilling Hollywood movies made from his bestselling novels, John Grisham was born Feb. 8, 1955, in Jonesboro. His parents, John and Wanda (Skidmore) Grisham, were helping on the family cotton farm near Black Oak, in eastern Craighead County, at the …

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  • Union Army scouting southwest Arkansas for enemy

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army was scouting southwest Arkansas for any sign of the enemy. In his report to the headquarters of the 1st Arkansas Infantry (US), Col. James M. Johnson concentrated his intelligence gathering in the neighborhood of Arkadelphia, Okalona and …

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  • Road conditions crash sports plans

    Once again, weather and road conditions wiped out the schedule of sporting events for today and very little has been rescheduled Those include the second attempt to get the Lyon College-Mark Martin Automotive High School Invitational Basketball Tournament going. It was originally scheduled for Saturday, …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Tuesday, December 10 – Saturday, December 14, 2013.

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  • Ball State accepts invitation opposite ASU in GoDaddy

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Arkansas State will face Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl. Ball State accepted an invitation to the Jan. 5 game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Sunday. Arkansas State accepted its invitation to play in the GoDaddy Bowl for the third consecutive year …

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  • Madden’s shot-making helps Hogs turn back Tigers’ second-half charge

    Often an unselfish facilitator to a fault, Arkansas junior point guard Ky Madden surprised statisticians by attempting more shots than any Razorback last Saturday against Clemson. On a Razorbacks team that includes scorers and or shooters Michael Qualls, Anthlon Bell, Bobby Portis, Kikko Haydar, Alandise …

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  • SEC back in familiar spot playing for title

    ATLANTA (AP) — A week ago, the Southeastern Conference looked as though it had finally been vanquished. The rest of the nation breathed a sigh of relief, clearly relieved it wouldn’t have to watch the haughty SEC celebrate another national championship. Not so fast. After …

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  • Sports Briefs

    College football No. 1. Florida State will play No. 2 Auburn in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. Florida State wrapped up its spot with a blowout of Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Saturday night, …

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  • Cathy McClain

    Cathy Jean Frazier McClain, 58, of Batesville died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at a local hospital. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Crouch Chapel in Batesville with Jackie McCarroll officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch …

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  • Davie Landis

    HEBER SPRINGS — Davie George Landis, 53, of Heber Springs died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at his home. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Heber Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Criswell officiating. Burial will follow at the Cleburne County Memorial Gardens …

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  • Evelyn Runsick

    ASH FLAT — Evelyn Sue Branscum Runsick, 73, of Ash Flat died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at a Batesville hospital. Born Feb. 8, 1940, in Ash Flat, she was the daughter of Homer and Gracie Frazier Branscum. She worked in management for 20 years and …

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