• Who’s back for Spurs? Players wonder, too

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili had a simple message for his teammates during an emotional team meeting Tuesday. Let’s do this again. With six potential free agents headed by Tim Duncan, the message was made clear -the Spurs would like everyone back for a …

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  • Virginia downs TCU in 15th

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It took 15 innings, but Nate Irving and Daniel Pinero finally got the job done for Virginia. Pinero’s sacrifice fly scored pinch runner Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th to give Virginia a 3-2 victory Tuesday night in a …

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  • Sports Briefs

    Soccer DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses said several people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city Tuesday night. Hospital workers said the death toll likely will rise …

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  • City to pass on some of insurance increase to employees

    The city of Batesville will be passing some of its ballooning health insurance rates to the employees, starting next month. Thursday night, the council met and approved a proposal that would increase what the employees pay for dependants, whether spouse, child or family.  Mayor Rick …

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  • Habitat expected to raise $3,500 after banquet

    The Roman author known as “Pliny the Elder” is credited for the phrase “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” but on Thursday it was the supporters of Habitat for Humanity of Independence County who opened their hearts to ensure meeting the need for decent, affording …

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  • $80K in meth found during traffic stops

    Traffic stops over the weekend resulted in finding meth worth more than $80,000. The unrelated incidents started Friday night when Arkansas State Trooper John Qualls stopped a silver extended cab Nissan pickup just off of White Drive. Investigator Chris Toland with the Independence County Sheriff’s …

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  • Man assaults girlfriend holding baby

    MELBOURNE — Two Izard County men were arrested for battery last week, according to a report from Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, Deputies Ed Sollock and Richard Williams responded to Rose Lane in Melbourne after being dispatched to a domestic violence situation. …

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  • Man tossed in drunk tank after using racial slurs at jail

    There was no happy meal for the man who was causing a scene in a fast-food restaurant parking lot, but instead he got tossed in the drunk tank after fighting officers and upsetting inmates at the jail. Nicholas Jon Guyette, 21, of Batesville faces public …

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  • Fireworks planned at Strawberry

    STRAWBERRY — Strawberry Fire Department will host a fireworks show June 28 at the Strawberry Ball Field. Donations are being accepted to help with the purchase of the fireworks. A shaved ice stand, bounce houses, a concession stand and other vendors will be available. For …

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  • Anime Blues Con nears

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Anime Blues Con, a convention dedicated to bringing art and culture of all things Asian and anime, will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Memphis Convention Center at 255 N. Main St., according to a news release. Events will include a …

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  • County library seeking input through survey 

    The Independence County Library has released a survey, seeking input from the public so it can learn more about what the community wants and needs from the public library, according to a news release. “As part of a larger strategic planning process which began in …

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  • Sharp County Fair to give away John Deere mower

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Fair will be July 21-26 at the fairgrounds near Ash Flat. To register exhibits early, drop by the Extension Office in the courthouse at Ash Flat to get an exhibitor number and entry tags. The fair is selling chances …

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