• Jonesboro studies future of public safety tax

    JONESBORO (AP) — Leaders in Jonesboro are discussing whether the city’s half-cent sales tax funding public safety should be renewed after it expires at the end of the year. The four-year-old tax was initially intended to prevent layoffs in the police and fire departments during …

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  • Student essay contest deadline approaches

    Arkansas students in fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate in the annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational presented by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. “The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. …

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  • Bi-county jail considered

    OZARK (AP) — Officials in Logan and Franklin counties in western Arkansas are discussing the possibility of building a new jail to hold inmates from both counties. Logan County justices of the peace discussed the idea during a quorum court meeting last week and later …

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  • Roark’s ‘monster’ role at Concord began long ago

    Anyone familiar with Arkansas high school basketball knows that Jacob Roark is a giant among the state’s best scorers. Eighteen days ago, the senior point guard at Concord moved past James Anderson, who played at Junction City in the 2004-07 seasons, and into second place …

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  • ICYAA ball sign-up starts Saturday

    The first of two opportunities to register for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association’s youth baseball and softball programs is set for Saturday at the First Community Bank George Rider Community Room, according to a news release from T.J. Palese, baseball director. The sign-up time …

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  • Fourth-ranked KIPP Blue Hornets takes down Izard County Cougars

    BROCKWELL — Down by three at the start of the fourth quarter, KIPP Delta pulled away in the final minutes for a 70-60 victory Monday over Izard County in the Cougars Den. The fourth ranked Class 1A boys team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette are the …

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  • Tech sweeps BJHS cagers

    PARAGOULD — The Green County Tech Junior Lady Eagles slipped by the Junior Lady Pioneers 48-44 Monday in a 5A-East District game. The Junior Lady Eagles led 29-23 at halftime, but the Junior Lady Pioneers fought back to tie the game 35-all at the end …

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  • Sitzman lifts Scots

    The Lyon College baseball team needed a lift Monday, and sophomore Joseph Sitzman delivered. The left fielder posted a 3-for-3 outing in the opener against the Saint Francis Saints at Scots Field, driving in a pair of runs and scoring one himself. Unfortunately, the Scots …

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  • Moyer wins at Winternationals

    TAMPA, FL. — Batesville’s Billy Moyer picked up his 22nd recently at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fl., winning the $7,000 East Bay Winternationals in the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. Moyer made his move on lap 22, overtaking leader Steve Francis, and led …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Tuesday, February 18 – Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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  • Belarus scores big day in Sochi

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — It was Belarus day Monday at the Sochi Olympics. A Belarussian woman made Olympic history by becoming the first female ever to win three biathlon titles at the same games, and one of her teammates captured the men’s freestyle skiing aerials …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Pro basketball MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James cannot currently envision a scenario where he leaves the Miami Heat this summer, though he still plans to assess his needs and his future at the end of the season. James made the comments in a wide-ranging interview …

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