• Cochran releases new single

    Traditional country songstress Debbie Cochran has released a new single, “What’s Going On.” The single is off her latest album, “Before We Met the World.” Produced by Grammy-nominated Kent Wells, Cochran is staying true to her traditional roots as she mixes relatable lyrics and passionate …

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  • Folk Center set to open season

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View will open for the season April 1. Visitors are able to view blacksmithing, pottery making and more than 18 other pioneer skills and crafts. The Craft Village is open from 10 a.m. to …

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  • Weekend Events

    Friday • Red Cross blood drive, Citizens Bank Annex, 285 E. College, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call (800) RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. • Children’s Bird Hike, Jacksonport State Park Tunstall River Walk trailhead, Jacksonport, 2:30 p.m. Call (870) 523-2143. • Batesville Moose Lodge ladies’ night, (members and guests), …

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  • Ozarka College student pens ‘Stick Shooter’ essay

    Note: The following essay was written by Cherie Little, a student at the Ozarka College as an assignment in English class.   What’s a ‘Stick Shooter?’ I feel like I’m on an African safari in the jungles. Mosquitoes, birds, flies, trees, snakes and ticks all …

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  • Military youth camps available

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ military youth from all branches of service will have camping opportunities beginning in April. Residential and day camps for military youth and families statewide will be offered. The camps strive to meet the unique needs of military youth, who often experience …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Why do I have to pick a side? Every Easter, I serve a main course like ham or lamb. Add a nice salad, warm bread, some sort of vegetable side dish and you have a great meal. This year, I’m still planning on making my …

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  • LR officials: Homicide victims are all black

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The mayor is calling for a task force to study black-on-black crime in Little Rock, where all of this year’s 11 slayings have involved black victims and lead suspects. But the city’s police chief said factors other than race — including …

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  • Steven Gould

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Steven Glen Gould, 70, of Green Bay, Wis., formerly of Muscatine, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in a Salem hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1943, in Aurora, Ill., he was the son of Glen Roy and Helen Ruth Karman Gould. He …

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  • Harrah’s casino announces it will close in Tunica

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The long decline of what was once the nation’s third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County announced it would close. Caesars Entertainment will shutter its Harrah’s casino in Tunica on June 2, laying off …

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  • Billy Fitzsimmons

    MELBOURNE — Billy Glen Fitzsimmons, 58, of Melbourne died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Batesville. Born Dec. 29, 1955, in Batesville, he was the son of Billy Fitzsimmons and Faye Brooks Gilson. He was employed by Color Tile and Edwards Brothers Inc. and worked as …

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  • Mary Ann Ritchie – Paid Obituary

    Mary Ann Ritchie of Eagle Rock, Missouri, daughter of William Lee and Chloe Fisher, was born on February 1, 1941, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and departed this life on March 19, 2014, at the age of 73. Mary Ann had lived in the area since 1976, …

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  • ‘Powder and Hides’ writer impresses

    This writer is not obsessed with buffalo, really. Or bison, if you prefer the proper term for the American bison, just because I recently wrote a couple of columns about Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and this column about one of my favorite novels centers around a …

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