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Williamson family gives $25,000 gift to annual faculty prize at Lyon

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Jim and Carole Williamson (pictured above) have made a $25,000 gift to the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Lyon College, increasing the annual award amount from $2,500 to $3,500, according to a release from the school. This increase allows the award to...

Prosecutor says woman killed Arkansas lawmaker Linda Collins for money

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A prosecutor has alleged that a woman charged with killing a former Arkansas lawmaker last year did it for money and to avoid arrest. Robert Dittrich, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, filed a notice with Randolph County Circuit...

Gary B.: Griffin surprised with Department of Health report of five new cases

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin was surprised, to say the least, when a constituent called him about five new cases of the coronavirus being reported in the county by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). "I had someone alert me last night that the ADH...

News from Izard County Sheriff’s Department

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On Saturday, May 9, an Arkansas Game and Fish officer reported a fight in progress at an apartment complex across the street from Hometown Market in Melbourne, according to a press release from Izard County Sheriff Jack Yancey. After deputies arrived to assist, Sam...

Arkansas coronavirus cases surpass 4,000, 91 deaths in state

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas has surpassed 4,000, and 91 deaths are now reported in the state. The state Department of Health reported 4,012 cases and one additional death due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Passenger in truck stopped for violation charged with numerous felony counts

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A pickup truck pulled over for a traffic violation in Mountain View on May 3 resulted in a number of felony charges for the vehicle's passenger. Shaunda Franklin (pictured), 38, of Pine Bluff, is facing charges filed in Stone County Circuit Court after officers say...

Sheriff says Gap Road rollover shows how agencies work together to save lives

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said a vehicle rollover on Gap Road late Thursday afternoon showed how area agencies can work together to save lives. Stephens said an SUV traveling Gap Road went off the roadway at a curve and rolled down a slight embankment....

Governor announces new text alert system for COVID-19 updates

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK— Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a new text alert system with the ability to provide timely COVID-19 alerts and other critical guidance directly from the Arkansas Division Emergency Management to Arkansas residents. Arkansans can opt-in to the new system today by texting...

Ozarka cancels commencement ceremony that was scheduled for June

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In a statement released Thursday, Ozarka College announced the cancelation of its 2020 Spring Commencement ceremony out of an abundance of caution. Commencement is typically scheduled for early May and was recently rescheduled for June with hopes of a shorter recovery to the now...

COVID-19 briefing: Casinos set to reopen May 18; test positivity is low

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Featured image: Texarkana, Ark. Mayor Allen Brown speaks at today's COVID-19 statewide briefing. Gov. Asa Hutchinson held his daily statewide briefing Thursday afternoon from Texarkana. The governor and officials were in the border city to help spread the word statewide about adhereing to COVID-19 guidelines...

Independence County still providing services through pandemic

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The chairman of the Independence County Library, Bill Walmsley, issued a statement today reminding everyone the library is still offering services at this time. "On behalf of our board, Director Vanessa Adams, and our staff, I would like to inform the people of Independence County...