• Energy assistance program available

    The 2015 Winter Home Energy Regular Assistance Program will begin Monday and run through March 31 or until it appears funds are depleted, whichever occurs first, according to the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Inc. Applications have already been mailed to those who receive food stamps …

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  • Essay contest under way

    The Batesville Optimist Club is hosting its annual essay contest open to all area youth age 18 and under who are still in high school, according to a news release. This year’s topic is “Optimism should be a Priority.” The winner will receive $100 and …

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  • Sharp Co. to swear in officials

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will hold a swearing-in of officials at 9 a.m. Monday in the courthouse. The event is open to the public.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 23, 2003.

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  • Guard staffers select Top 10 news stories of the year

    2014 not only saw the creation of a new city in Independence County, but also an ongoing fight to stop the incorporation, apparently by any means necessary. In August, the city of Batesville announced it would be considering a proposal to expand its boundaries south …

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  • Man busted for fake prescriptions

    With the help of a computer program and online purchase of “medical prescription paper,” a man said he was able to fake his father’s prescriptions to feed his addiction. Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Sims said in a court affidavit that Jonathan D. Simpson, 24, …

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  • Club News

    Colonial Dames XVII Century Mary Place Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century recently held a dedication ceremony for the marking of the grave of Kathleen Pierce Johnson. She is buried in Antioch Cemetery in Hamburg, Ashley County, where she and her husband founded the Antioch Cemetery …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, January 2 – Saturday, January 3, 2015.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 22, 2003.

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  • Family still questions 1990 Missouri slaying

    John Graves arrived at the medical examiner’s office wearing his insulated jacket, a flannel shirt, blue jeans and his blood-stained cap placed over his chest. The left shirt pocket produced a pen that he always carried, along with several matchbooks from the R&J Mercury dealer. …

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  • Homes damaged by gunfire

    Two rural homes were targeted by gunfire overnight Tuesday, but police aren’t sure if the two incidents are connected. A 911 call around 8:20 p.m. sent Independence County police to the home of Jeremy Justice on Antioch Road where someone had shot a door to …

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  • Holiday drug busts reported

    Even though they were reportedly possessing drugs, paraphernalia and a large sum of cash, three men got a lucky break early Christmas Eve morning. Independence County Deputy Chris Toland said while he was on patrol at the foot of Ramsey Mountain around 12:30 Wednesday morning …

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