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  The search ended for prisoner Jeremy Pifer, 35, about 9 a.m. Wednesday with his capture in a barn about four miles north of Fouke, Ark. near Miller County Road 43. “It ended the best way possible. No one was hurt and the prisoner is back in custody,” said Dina Tyler, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction. A call came into the Miller County Sheriff’s Department about a possible sighting of Pifer four miles north of Fouke near Miller County Road 43 and U.S. Highway 71. “We got the tracking dogs and they hit a trail. We tracked him to... Continue reading ->

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LINDEN, Texas--A 13-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday night on two warrants for capital murder in the deaths of his stepfather and brother in rural Cass County, an official said. Sheriff Larry Rowe said the arrest occurred at 7:30 p.m. at the boy's home on County Road 2747 near Hughes Springs, where deputies found the bodies of 32-year-old Damon Robison and his 12-year-old stepson following a 911 call from the suspect on June 27. Both victims were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds at the scene. Rowe said he could not name the suspect or his deceased brother because they are minors.... Continue reading ->
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TEXARKANA, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Colonel Brandon Grubbs, Red River Army Depot Installation Commander, announced today that seven individuals have been indicted on federal charges involving conspiracy to commit an offense and to defraud the U.S. government and theft of government property or money in the Eastern District of Texas. The defendants were named in a 2-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Sep. 17, 2014, charging them with conspiracy to commit an offense against and to defraud the U.S. government and theft of government property or money. The... Continue reading ->
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Work detail fugitive spotted at a store in Fouke
Law enforcement officers circled the wagons Tuesday in Fouke, Ark., after escaped prisoner Jeremy Pifer was seen early Tuesday at the E-Z Mart in Fouke. Arkansas State Police used tracking dogs and a...

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<p class="p2">&nbsp;Rangers with Arkansas Game and Fish aid in the search for Arkansas Department of Community Corrections inmate Jeremy Shane Pifer on Tuesday morning. Pifer was spotted earlier that morning at the E-Z Mart in Fouke, Ark. Pifer walked off a work detail in that area last Thursday and has been on the loose ever since.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">Arkansas State Police and Miller County sheriff&rsquo;s deputies search the grounds of a vacant house Tuesday morning in Fouke, Ark., for Arkansas Department of Community Corrections inmate Jeremy Shane Pifer. <span class="s1">Staff photo by Evan Lewis</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Jerry Habraken</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;A search helicopter flies over Fouke, Ark., looking for Jeremy Pifer, 35, a fugitive from the Southwest Arkansas Community Correction Center in Texarkana.</span></p>Picture: <p>Pifer</p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014     comments
A Walmart Neighborhood Market is coming to Wake Village, Texas. The store will be on property behind K-Mart and Chicken Express on West Seventh Street, said Jerry Brewer, owner of NAI American Realty...
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Former store manager accused of pretending to be a victim
A former grocery store manager accused of helping stage a 2012 robbery is expected to testify in his aggravated robbery trial this morning at Miller County Courthouse in downtown Texarkana, Ark. Jarr...
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The raid of two residences early Tuesday in Glen-wood, Ark., revealed $55,818 in cash and 45 firearms along with marijuana and a variety of prescription drugs, said Pike County Sheriff’s Office...

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Grant made it possible to put cameras in hallways, more
Security at Miller County Courthouse has been beefed up thanks to a recent $31,055 General Improvement Fund grant from the state’s coffers. For the first time in its 75-year history, there are...

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<p class="p2">Miller County Judge Larry Burgess used grant money to install security cameras throughout the county courthouse recently.</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Curt Youngblood</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;Miller County Judge Larry Burgess talks about a security camera system that was recently installed in the county courthouse. Burgess used grant money to place cameras throughout the courthouse. Cameras have been mounted on the interior and exterior of the courthouse.</span></p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014     comments
Symposium speakers discuss effects of population growth, more
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Two things became clear during a local water symposium Tuesday—population growth will determine future water needs, and proposed reservoirs like Marvin Nichols won’t necessarily be the ans...
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Texarkana College trustees got their first look Tuesday at five belief statements administrators believe should underscore the institution’s strategic goals for 2015-16. President James Henry R...
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DALLAS—The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas—a sign of the far-reaching impact of the out-of-control...
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Liberty School Alumni Association will honor Lynn Murray as the 2014 Liberty School Distinguished Alumnus during a reception in his honor at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Liberty-Eylau High School Library be...
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LITTLE ROCK—A parolee accused of abducting and killing a top-selling Arkansas real estate agent had contacted her to set up an appointment to view a vacant house, authorities said Tuesday, hours...
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All Texarkana College night classes were canceled Tuesday because of a power outage, according to college President James Henry Russell. The decision was made about 7:30 p.m. to cancel classes in all...
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DALLAS—Ebola, ethics and education dominated the final debate between Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis on Thursday night before Texas voters choose one of them as...
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LITTLE ROCK— Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has agreed to an Oct. 13 public television debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and two other candidates, setting up the second...
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The deadline to register to vote in Arkansas for the Nov. 4 general election will be Oct. 6, Miller County Clerk Ann Nicholas said. The deadline is 30 days before the election, she said. “Ther...
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Submitted photo Texarkana Public Library will display an exhibit of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial on loan from Arkansas Humanities Council. The exhibit is a cooperative effort of Arkansas C...
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Law enforcement dispatch records from Monday.   Bowie County  Sheriff’s Office 1:45 a.m., suspicious, 475 Macedonia Road 7:58 a.m., recover property, 383 County Road 4276, Simms...
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BEAUMONT, Texas—A Southeast Texas school district will try to recover money and property seized in a $4 million embezzlement case that sent two ex-finance officers to prison. The Beaumont Enter...
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Saturday’s Four States Invitational Marching Contest in Texarkana brings together the musical and marching talents of area bands as they prepare for regional contests. The contest begins at 9:3...
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MAGNOLIA, Ark.—William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be Southern Arkansas University’s first play of the season, running Oct. 9-12, and will feature professionall...
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United Way of Greater Texarkana is having its Annual Campaign Kick-Off from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Texarkana College, second floor of Truman Arnold Student Center. Lunch is free. RSVP by 5 p....
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A barbecue will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to raise money for Citizens for a Better Community to build a town square in Fouke, Ark. The fundraiser is at Stanley Davis Community Center in...
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The Little River County Relay for Life will have an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Big Jake’s in Ashdown, Ark. “Anyone interested in helping organize our 2015 relay for May...
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of Texarkana, Ark., candidate profiles for the November general election. The Gazette requested that candidates not exceed a word limit on each ques...
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Marvin H. Williams Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors Ward 5   Biographical Age: 68 Years a Texarkana resident: Eight years. Spouse and children: Marion Yvonne Lawson Williams, wife; dau...
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Danny Jewell Texarkana, Ark., Board of Directors Ward 5   Biographical Age: 63 Years a Texarkana resident: 50 years Spouse and children: Married to Charlotte (Arnold) Jewell, with one son...
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DALLAS—Authorities have recaptured a nearly 1,000-pound steer that briefly escaped captivity at the State Fair of Texas and led city police on a chase amid fairgoers. The 1-year-old animal trav...
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BILLINGS, Mont.—Floyd “Creeky” Creekmore, a former Montana rancher who held the record as the world’s oldest performing clown, has died at age 98, his son said Tuesday. Creekm...
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of Califo...
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WASHINGTON—Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly si...
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The following are high-profile Secret Service scandals during the Obama administration:   Nov. 24, 2009 It was President Barack Obama's first state dinner, and he was hosting India's prime min...
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BALTIMORE—The Baltimore Orioles prefer to focus on what they have rather than who they’re missing when assessing their chances of advancing deep into the postseason. The Orioles went 96-6...
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DeKalb, Texas—It was just another midday Monday in the small town of DeKalb with residents going about their business in their usual leisurely way. The main east/west highway that stretches thr...

Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">&nbsp;This Camaro is a good example of the supporters the vehicles are displaying during their competition in the 2014 Fireball Run. The race is&nbsp;taking place in&nbsp;the south central section of&nbsp; the United States this year. Each year&rsquo;s race occurs in a different location across the nation. Next year&rsquo;s race will be run from Connecticut to Florida.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">How many people check their speed when encountering this Fireball Run contestant on the highways? It surely resembles a police car. The contestants are timed during the rally and are not allowed to go over posted speed limits; otherwise they lose points they may have already garnered by obeying each state&rsquo;s laws.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Frisco, Texas, Mayor Maher Maso, left, makes a point to display his poster of the missing child he and his teammate represent Monday. Carolyn McCrary, right, curator of the Williams House Museum in DeKalb, was a very gracious hostess to all the participants in the rally.&nbsp;</span></p>Picture: Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Some of the contestants in the adventure rally really go all out when getting into character for the rally. These two gentlemen, John and Rick,&nbsp;are called the Canadian Beavers. Their biography card that they hand out to people they meet during the race says, &ldquo;Family is a priority for us. Sponsoring a missing child hopefully brings a family in Canada back together.&rdquo; The Child Rescue Network is the official charity of the Fireball Run.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">&nbsp;Bill, pictured, and with his wife, Valerie, hail from Falmouth, Maine, and are participating in their third Fireball Run. She is standing just to the side taking a photo of him paying homage to the tail section of Ricky Nelson&rsquo;s plane on display at the Williams House Museum in DeKalb.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">&nbsp;Capt. Jon McBride, left, piloted the 1984 shuttle Atlantis and is now director of astronaut education at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Juanita McMillan, right, was thankfully not at home when Ricky Nelson&rsquo;s plane crashed in her and her husband Wes&rsquo; backyard in 1985. McMillan was visiting the museum when the Fireball Rally blew through town and stopped to visit the site. It appeared to mean a lot to some of the contestants to have the opportunity to meet her during their stop in DeKalb.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">&nbsp;Paul &ldquo;Doc&rdquo; Nigh, shown here with his wife, Reba Parkinson, has been driving in the Fireball Run for seven years. They are the owners of the tricked-out DeLorean that he has reconditioned to resemble the car in the movie &ldquo;Back to the Future.&rdquo;</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photos by Andie Martin</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">This replica DeLorean is one of the cars in the 2014 Fireball Rally that really draws a lot of attention. Although it is a replica, a lot of people are amazed at how closely it resembles the original DeLorean in the movie &ldquo;Back to the Future.&rdquo;</span></p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014     comments
DeKalb marks the end of September
The last Saturday in September, for DeKalb residents, is known as Saturday in the Park. It’s kind of the last party of the summer before the following weekend brings Octoberfest, which is a fav...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;Girl Scout Troop 2081 of DeKalb, Texas, showed their little donkey in the pet trick contest at Saturday in the Park. The donkey&rsquo;s talent was being cute. They were awarded a&nbsp;prize for Most Stubborn pet, but it is believed the little thing was just shy. Pictured, from left, are Marleigh Urbina, Cara Fowler, Cara&nbsp;Payne, Danna Pearson, Nicole Stika and Kadance Son.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Little Layne Brady Ridge and his father, Brady Ridge, pose with their pet goat Bentley, whose talent is eating grass. They won the award for Most Unique pet.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Brothers Britt, left, and Harris Hawkins were dressed as beekeepers for the pet talent contest. Their mother, Julie Hawkins, created&nbsp;their outfits. They won an award for Best of Show.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Maranda House holds her little dog Bella, who won the award for Best Dressed with their matching ribbons. Holly Groff was with her daughter, and they showed off Bella&rsquo;s talent for standing on Groff&rsquo;s neck and back.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Laura Hunt paints a 4-H logo on the face of Savannah Smith, left. Hunt painted many faces for the event.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Marcie Freeman, left, is surrounded by painted faces she created. Seated in her lap is Conner Vera; the skeleton face is Kason Haddock; standing next to him is Halle Johns; and Gracie Crain is seated.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Clet Weaver won second place in the chili cookoff.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Texarkana College won first place. The cooks are, from left, Scotty Hayes, Mike Sewell, student Ethan Lann and Mike Buttram.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">TEXAR employess were the third-place winners in the chili cookoff. Standing in the back row are, from left, Wayne Upchurch, Jatonne Horne, Amy Williams, Amy May and Patrice Thompson. In front are Shalana Rankin, Sherry Newkirk,&nbsp;Jessica Saveall and Andrea Stanley.</span></p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014     comments
WASHINGTON—Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they’ll count the ways: Preschool can lift children from pove...
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BEIJING—China’s government has cut off news about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in...
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TOKYO—Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air. Some survivors of the eru...
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NEW YORK—PayPal’s impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take o...
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WASHINGTON—From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new e...
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NORMAN, Okla.—An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker’s head, and had “some sort of infatuation with beheadings,&rd...
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DENVER—Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state’s highest court is considering whether workers’ off-duty use of medical marijuana is pro...
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—Virginia police aren’t saying much at all about their evidence against a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student, but they seem to be working...
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MONROVIA, Liberia—First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just da...
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