• Bark in the Park to crown best costume, trick, kisser, more

    The Humane Society of Independence County is hosting its sixth annual “Bark in the Park” Doggie Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday centered around the amphitheater at Riverside Park in Batesville. The schedule is: • Best dog competition I (best dancer, best kisser, best …

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  • Searcy fire inspector recalls Columbine school shooting

    SEARCY (AP) — Searcy Fire Department Fire Inspector Brian Simpson was on the scene during the Columbine High School massacre 15 years ago, and remembers it sounding “like Vietnam.” Simpson, 57, became Searcy’s fire inspector earlier this year. He said he was “a paramedic captain” …

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  • Calico Rock teacher named regional finalist

    LITTLE ROCK — Fifteen outstanding teachers from around the state have been selected as 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year regional finalists and will be recognized later this month by Gov. Mike Beebe. The top four finalists will be announced at the event. “Each year …

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  • Northside Fire Department to hold open house

    Northside Fire Department will have an open house at its new facility from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The new fire station is located at 4355 N. St. Louis St., just north of Batesville. Food will be provided by First Community Bank, Hawgs Exxon, Pepsi …

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  • Sew with Cotton calling for entries

    The annual Farm Bureau Sew with Cotton Contest is calling for entries for the contest that will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Farm Bureau Insurance located at 805 Neeley St. Adults and youth who are age 14 by Aug. 1 are invited …

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  • UACCB to offer GED practice test

    University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will offer the GED Ready Test for free and with no obligation to enroll in classes between Sept. 22 and Oct. 3, according to a news release. The “See for Free” campaign is offered to individuals 18 years …

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  • 25th Annual Herb Fall Festival scheduled at Ozark Folk Center

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The 25th Annual Herb Fall Festival will be Oct. 3 and 4 at Ozark Folk Center State Park. This year’s focus is on the culinary herbs, fiber arts and medicinal remedies of the British Isles. Justin M. Nolan, Ph.D., associate professor of …

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  • Artist of the Month announced

    ASH FLAT — September Artist of the Month at Ash Flat Library is Dr. Earl Belcher. Belcher is a local resident known for his writing. He began photography as a hobby to document his travels to Poland, Spain, Vienna and Canada with a Lieca camera. …

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  • Quilters guild to meet

    SEARCY — White County Quilters Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in the Family Life Center at First Assembly of God Church, located at the corner of Cloverdale and Benton streets in Searcy. Cost of the event is $5. Kathy Kansier will present a …

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  • Dunlap named American Pen Women’s member of month

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is featuring the September member of the month, Patti L. Dunlap, current president. The branch resumed its meeting year on Sept. 3 after the summer break. Dunlap, an artist/illustrator specializing in …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 10, 1995.

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  • Chain saw safety classes set for two days in October

    The Rural Fire Protection Program based at Solgohachia is offering two local chain saw safety classes, in cooperation with the University of Arkansas Extension system and the state Natural Resources Conservation District, said Ricki Gilbert of the NRCD Emergency responders, road crews, disaster teams and …

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