• Politicians, experts split over fair minimum wage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal minimum wage has left three-person families below the poverty level since 1980. It’s also well shy of the peak of its buying power almost half a century ago. Is the current $7.25 hourly minimum fair? Is now the time to …

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  • Highway system evolved from dirt trails

    When the automobile appeared on the Arkansas scene about 1910 … the state was totally unprepared. A patchwork of thousands of dirt trails, without markings, crisscrossed all 75 counties, all taking courses of least resistance. The early roads were rough and dusty in dry weather …

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  • Lyon’s Layrock, WBC, former Cave City star recognized by NAIA

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After breaking the Lyon College men’s basketball career shot-blocking total in just two seasons, senior Jordan Layrock has been named NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Honorable Mention All-American, the NAIA national office has announced. Layrock, a 6-6 forward from Paragould, was …

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  • Jerry Sandy

    Jerry Wayne Sandy, 69, of Batesville died Friday, March 28, 2014, in Batesville. Born April 29, 1944, in Blytheville, he was the son of J.W. and Sue Lindsey Sandy. He was a truck driver. He enjoyed his animals and hunting and fishing. Survivors include two …

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  • Schools increasingly check students for obesity

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his …

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  • Glenda Taylor

    BENTON — Glenda Gail Finley Taylor, 73, of Benton died Thursday, March 27, 2014. Born Aug. 9, 1940, she was the daughter of James and Willie Lucy Finley. She was a member of Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from CoorsTek, Inc. Survivors include …

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  • Two teams don’t show; Cavemen, ’Katz win big in Classic

    The First Community Bank Pioneer Classic got off to a rocky start Saturday at the North Complex after a night of heavy rain and no-shows by two participants. The Conway Christian Eagles and the Highland Rebels were scheduled for first-round games, but the Rebels informed …

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  • Mildred Short

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Mildred Lee Short, 95, of Cherokee Village died Thursday, March 27, 2014, in an Ash Flat nursing home. Born May 11, 1918, in Williamson County, Ill., she was the daughter of Joe and Ollie Shelton Short. She was a manager at Sears …

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  • William Woods Owls take series from Scots

    FULTON, Mo. — Junior shortstop Griffin Glaude produced a perfect 3-for-3 day at the dish, leading four Scots with multiple hits as Lyon College bounced back against William Woods for an 8-4 baseball victory Saturday in the finale of a 3-game series. The Owls swept …

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  • UA surprises with hiring of Dykes

    FAYETTEVILLE  — Jimmy Dykes stood near the same spot on the Bud Walton Arena court where he proposed to his wife, Tiffany. The answer from the several hundred University of Arkansas fans in attendance at a news conference to introduce the ESPN analyst as the …

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  • Fearsome Final Foursome head to Texas

    Florida had not been to the Final Four since all those future first-round draft picks were in Gainesville. Wisconsin and Coach Bo Ryan had never been. Connecticut wasn’t allowed to play in the NCAA tournament a year ago, and Kentucky supposedly had no shot at …

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  • Sports Calendar

    Upcoming sporting events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Monday, March 31 – Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

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