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Kenneth Heard

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County revives idea of shedding one of its seats

posted: 09/29/2014 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Officials thought it was a good idea to create two Mississippi County seats more than 100 years ago, when the swampy backwaters of the Mississippi River prevented quick horse travel between Blytheville and Osceola.

Newport's Depot Days fest to play up Arkansas' music

posted: 09/27/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

NEWPORT -- The rock and country band The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, formed in the late 1960s, was heavily influenced by the rockabilly and bluegrass sound that developed in Arkansas, its longtime member John McEuen said.

To foil annexation, Southside petitions to become 501st city

posted: 09/24/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Residents of the Independence County community of Southside want to incorporate and become the state's 501st city instead of annexing into Batesville through a November vote.

Newport looking to track grads in bid to stop 'brain drain'

posted: 09/21/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

NEWPORT -- For years, Newport -- along with most other small Arkansas towns -- has seen youngsters leave the area to attend college in bigger towns and then never return.

Spouse gets 30-year term in '11 slaying

posted: 09/18/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

A Craighead County circuit judge sentenced Michelle Despain to 30 years in prison Wednesday for her role in the August 2011 slaying of her husband.

Jackson County covets prison

posted: 09/15/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Jackson County is joining at least four other Arkansas counties that have expressed interest in seeking the construction of a state prison in their respective areas.

Grant to cover study of railroad overpass

posted: 09/13/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

JONESBORO -- City officials will conduct an environmental study and create design plans for a railroad overpass on Arkansas 18 in east Jonesboro to alleviate traffic issues caused by trains that frequently stop on the tracks.

NLR marks new record as cold spell hits state

posted: 09/13/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Two days after North Little Rock recorded a high of 92, the temperature plunged more than 30 degrees, and on Friday, the city set a record for the lowest high mark of the day.

Ex-workers sue closed hospital

posted: 09/10/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

A financially struggling hospital that closed Monday because it could not pay $30 million in debt faces a lawsuit alleging that administrators withheld money from employees' paychecks for insurance but failed to pay the premiums for 2014.

Police to wear body cameras in Jonesboro

posted: 09/08/2014 3:35 a.m. Comment 1

JONESBORO -- Jonesboro police officers will soon wear body cameras while on duty after the Craighead County city received a $12,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Jonesboro hires new police chief

posted: 09/05/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin named police veteran Lt. Rick Elliott as the city's new police chief Thursday, saying he wanted to return respect and morale to the department after the former chief resigned over comments he made on social media about a reporter.

3 more say OB-GYN wielded cellphone

posted: 09/03/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

A former Paragould women's doctor who was charged in April with photographing women during examinations without their consent faces three more charges after additional patients told authorities that he also took pictures of them.

Signs see cold, wet winter in Arkansas

posted: 08/31/2014 5:08 a.m. Discuss

Whether they base their predictions on climate data, atmospheric conditions in the Pacific Ocean that alter weather in the southern United States, sunspots, symbols found inside seeds or the thickness of animal fur, most weather prognosticators believe Arkansas is in for a cold, wet winter this year.

Close lockup or face suit, panel tells Lawrence County

posted: 08/30/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

The state Criminal Detention Facilities Review Commission has recommended closing the Lawrence County jail next month after an inspection revealed several safety concerns.

Batesville City Council adds annexation proposal to ballot

posted: 08/27/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Voters will decide whether they want Batesville to annex a growing area just south of the Independence County city that includes an airport and several businesses.


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