BBBS chapter is official

August 1, 2002 Independence County officially has a Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. It has an office, a mailing address and a board of directors. It needs money, a case manager, Bigs and Littles.

Cave City restaurant damaged

July 31, 2002 CAVE CITY - Parts of a restaurant sustained heavy damage from a fire late Thursday and early Friday, and the rest of the restaurant has heavy smoke damage, said Cave City Fire Chief Ronny Milligan.

Man gets 10 years in prison

July 31, 2002 A Monticello man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to five drug-related charges.

One arrested for break-ins

July 31, 2002 ASH FLAT - An arrest has been made in connection with two break-ins in the Poughkeepsie area over the weekend, said Sharp County Sheriff T.J. "Sonny" Powell.

Man reported missing

July 31, 2002 Independence County authorities are trying to locate a man who has been reported missing by his fiancŽ, according to reports released by the sheriff's department this morning.

Carnival dunking booth schedule announced

July 31, 2002 The Batesville Optimist Club has lined up several volunteers for its dunking booth at the White River Water Carnival Saturday at Riverside Park. The schedule is as follows:

Publisher shares observations with Rotary Club

July 31, 2002 In 1993, no one got their news off the Internet, but today 25 percent of Americans say they get some news that way, said Walter E. Hussman, Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Personal watercraft or personal danger?

July 31, 2002 LITTLE ROCK - Time on the water can be lots of fun, but each year there are thousands of accidents involving personal watercrafts, including many on Arkansas' waterways.