Local sheriff battling lung cancer

Just over five months after being sworn in as the sheriff of Izard County, Earnie Blackley has a different challenge to face. Blackley posted on Facebook Thursday he has started treatments for Stage 4 lung cancer.

Blackley is being treated at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He says the first round of treatments would last five to seven days. After a resting period, he will return for five more.

Blackley was elected Izard County Sheriff in November. He succeeded Jack Yancey, who was appointed to the position in April 2017 to finish the term of Tate Lawrence. Lawrence died while in office after a short battle with cancer.

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