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Sheriff: Man admitted to spiking wife’s drink with meth

SHARP COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A man faces a felony drug charge after investigators said he admitted to spiking his wife’s drink with methamphetamine. Sharp County sheriff’s deputies arrested 34-year-old Caleb Lee Hale of Williford on one count of introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person, a Class Y felony.
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Izard Co. Sheriff warns of phone scam

The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is warning the public of a new phone scam. According to a post from the Izard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the office has been made aware of someone using the landline phone number, 870-368-4203, to send text messages to people. The text message includes a clickable link which then begins to ask for personal information.
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SCAM ALERT: Deputies warn of text messaging scam hitting county

IZARD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – Deputies are warning you there’s a scam floating around Izard County, and your personal information could be stolen. On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Izard County Sheriff’s Office said they were made aware of someone using their landline phone number to send text messages to people.
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Ask the Expert - Progressive Eye Center offers new technology to help children with learning difficulties

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Progressive Eye Center recently won a national contest, securing funding for new RightEye Reading EyeQ equipment. First Horizon Bank’s “Back to Business” contest was open to for-profit businesses in several states to enter. Out of the top 50 finalists for Arkansas, Progressive Eye Center received enough votes to win second place.
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Multiple agencies conduct compliance checks across Randolph County

RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, along with Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Pocahontas Police Department, Sharp County Sheriff’s Office, and probation and parole Officers conducted compliance checks with various convicted criminals within the county. Region 8...

Proposed Byway Meets Vocal Opposition

The meeting for public comment on a proposed Scenic Byway through Howell County ended abruptly when raucous opposition deteriorated into shouted insults. Presenter Eric Hermanson was visibly shaking as he put an end to the meeting prematurely and began breaking down his displays. Tuesday night’s meeting in the West Plains...
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School asking for millage increase to build new high school

HIGHLAND, Ark. (KAIT) - The Highland School District is working to get a millage rate increase passed in November. Highland Proud is the campaign slogan for raising the mill for Highland School District Patrons. Superintendent Jeremy Lewis explained the school attempted to pass an increase a few years ago but...

Family Fun at Jackson’s Jurassic Farm + Corn Maze in Arkansas

Are you looking for a unique corn maze to visit this fall? I think I may have found it. Jackson Farm in the tiny town of Black Rock in Northeast Arkansas. You may be asking yourself why is this corn maze different from any others. It's because the Jacksons have turned their cornfield into a dinosaur field which they've labeled "Jurassic Farm," according to Region 8 News.
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Tourist season extended due to increase in local events

HARDY, Ark. (KAIT) - The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce has supported many events over the past few years, causing the tourist season to continue. The chamber serves Hardy, Highland, Ash Flat, and Cherokee Village. Spring River Country usually peaks in the middle of the summer, when people from...
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Hardy to sell city tractor/mower at public auction

Hardy City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at city hall. Mayor Ernie Rose called the meeting to order. After the minutes from the August meeting were approved, as was the current agenda, proceedings continued with a report from the advertising and promotions commission (A&P). Commissioner Ginni...
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Boil order lifted for Randolph County town

MAYNARD, Ark. (KAIT) - The City of Maynard announced Wednesday that the Arkansas Department of Health has lifted an imposed boil order. The ADH issued the order on Monday, Sept. 19, as a precautionary measure because of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system due to a loss in normal system pressure and a main break.
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Ozark Acres brings concerns to Sharp County Quorum Court

The Sharp County Quorum Court met on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Sharp County Courthouse at 6 p.m. County Judge Gene Moore called the meeting to order with all the JPs present. After the court’s approval of the minutes from the August meeting, Moore moved on to the treasurer’s report.
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Ribbon cut on new Lawrence County long-term care facility

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KAIT) - Residents in Walnut Ridge now have a new option when it comes to long-term care. On Wednesday, Sept. 21, officials with the Green House Cottages of Walnut Ridge cut the ribbon on its new facility. The 32,000-square-foot facility has a large living area for residents...
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A rare fire-fighting training opportunity held at Sharp County Regional Airport

Have you ever gone out to the Sharp County Regional Airport in Cherokee Village? It can be quite a treat just to see its beautiful simplicity and quiet peace. If you pause a minute, you can imagine the multiple functions the airport serves in the county, from daily commutes and visits by Emerson clients, to bringing in emergency medical supplies or just occasional blue sky pleasure jaunts among the Ozarks.
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Ground-leveling activity to occur at site of local Ash Flat gas station

The Ash Flat City Council met on Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. Mayor Larry Fowler brought the meeting to order. The minutes from the August meeting were approved, as was the current meeting’s agenda. Proceedings began with department reports. Chief Adam Bates reported on the...
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5th annual Citywide Autumn Cleanup set for Oct. 10-14

The City of Cherokee Village will be holding the 5th annual Citywide Autumn Cleanup on Oct. 10-14. According to city officials, citizens of Cherokee Village are encouraged to call and setup a pick-up date as the cleanup is by appointment only. “The appointment period will be from 8 a.m. on...

Motorcycle crashes after hitting deer near Houston

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Monday morning in a crash about two miles north of Houston on U.S. 63. Sgt. Ryan Vaughan of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said a northbound 2003 Harley Davidson operated by Joel T. Kelley, 68, of Thayer, struck a deer, lost control and overturned off the right side the roadway.
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Get-to-know-a- candidate event in Cherokee Village

Come join in a casual community meet ‘n greet offered by Cherokee Village Mayoral Candidate Steven Rose. Rose invites everyone to join him in an afternoon of conversations, food and drink on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Innovation Hub next to the post office in Cherokee Village Town Center. Again, everyone is invited!