• Sex offender gets social, jailed on $100K bond

    Using his store under another name on social media sites has landed a registered sex offender in trouble — again. Thomas W. Ashcraft Jr. may have thought he was one step ahead of the law, but more than one person was paying attention and turned …

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  • 2 arrested on looting charges in Vilonia 

    VILONIA (AP) — Vilonia police say two men have been arrested on suspicion of looting in a neighborhood hit hard by Sunday’s tornado. Vilonia Police Chief Brad McNew says the two men were caught stealing copper wire and compressors from air conditioners in the town’s …

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  • Paragould man jailed on drug charges

    HARDY — A Paragould man was arrested Tuesday for drug possession after he was stopped for reckless driving in Sharp County. Police dispatch received a call about a reckless driver, later identified as 60-year-old Ricky Nelson, who was driving recklessly on Highway 63 toward Hardy. …

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  • ‘Suspicious person’ tussles with cop, carted off to jail

    A tussle between a 24-year-old and a police officer ended with the officer taking the fleeing man to jail. Deputy Gene Davis said he was dispatched to 235 Mockingbird Lane over a suspicious person and when he arrived found Joshua Vickery crouched behind a mini …

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  • UACCB OKs tuition hike – New cosmetology building discussed

    Cosmetology continues to inch its way closer to becoming a program of study at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, but it and other future technical programs will come at an extra cost after the board of trustees last week unanimously voted to …

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  • Strawberry issues boil order 

    STRAWBERRY — The Strawberry Water System has issued a “boil water” notice, which became effective Tuesday. Customers are advised that the water may be unsafe for human consumption. Water used for drinking or food preparation must be boiled briskly for one minute prior to use. …

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  • Batesville to renovate track

    The Batesville High School track will soon be getting a face-lift, but officials hope it will benefit more than the school. Last Monday, the Batesville School Board approved a funding proposal for renovating and resurfacing the track at Pioneer Stadium. Bids from Beynon Sports Surfaces …

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  • National Day of Prayer is Thursday

    A local observance of the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer will be held during the noon hour Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Building, located at 500 E. Main St. in Batesville. Local citizens will lead prayers for the community, nation, schools, churches and families. …

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  • Parade rules announced for Pioneer Day

    MELBOURNE — The Pioneer Day main parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in Melbourne, and parade officials have announced that ATVs, four-wheelers, and such will be allowed only in the parade provided they are driven responsibly, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. “Anyone …

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  • MOD walk is Saturday

    SOUTHSIDE — The March of Dimes of Independence County will hold its annual walk Saturday at the Southside High School walking track. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10, MOD Director Sandy Liles said. Food, giveaways and children’s activities …

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  • Latest weather wallop: Florida, Alabama flooding

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early today, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to …

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  • Death toll reaches 36 

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a 67-year-old woman has died in severe flooding in the Panhandle, bringing the total number of deaths from a string of U.S. storms to at least 36. The agency said today that Betty Faye Word drove …

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