• Quorum court discusses splitting dispatch

    The Independence County Quorum Court held a special meeting Monday afternoon to wrap up some loose ends and to discuss beginning the task of setting up its own 911 dispatch. Independence County Judge Robert Griffin said the county has received written notice from the city …

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  • Teen reports armed robbery

    A man with a pistol reportedly relieved a 17-year-old of $2,000 outside a local business Friday night. The teen told police he was standing outside the Hollywood Bowl around 9 p.m. when a black man approached, pointed a pistol at him and demanded his money. …

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  • Early morning walk ends in arrest

    A woman who said she was just walking on her way home at 3 a.m. Saturday went to jail instead. Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler said he was patrolling in west Batesville around when he noticed a woman step from behind a parked vehicle at …

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  • BAAC exhibits ‘Mudwork’ by Hughes, Ekstam

    Batesville Area Arts Council is exhibiting “Mudwork: Ceramic Sculpture by Kevin Hughes and Keith Ekstam,” which features work from a variety of ceramic materials. The exhibit will be on display at the BAAC Gallery on Main, located at 226 E. Main St. in Batesville, until …

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  • Suspect named in Newark gun theft

    An ex-girlfriend has been named as a possible suspect in the theft of guns and gear valued at over $3,000 from a Newark man’s car over the weekend. Lanny R. Murphree of Third Street told police that someone used a hidden key to unlock his …

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  • Director of Workforce Development opens doors for students

    A fighter pilot who has traveled around the globe is now opening doors for students here in Batesville. Dr. Gene Tulberg joined University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville faculty in fall 2013 as instructor of Industrial Technology. He previously served for four years as …

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  • Library hours change

    The Independence County Library will be closed Thursday through Sunday, and will re-open Monday (Jan. 5) at 9 a.m.

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  • New officials sworn in

    Newly elected public officials will be sworn in at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Independence County Courthouse in the circuit courtroom. The event is open to the public.

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  • Student receives honors

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A local student has been named to the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the fall 2014 semester, according to a news release. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 …

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  • Jacksonport hike planned

    NEWPORT — A low-impact 1.2-mile hike will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday along the Tunstall River Walk at Jacksonport State Park in Newport. Suggested items to bring are bottled water, snacks, binoculars, cameras and birding books. Woodpeckers and Northern Cardinals are frequently seen along …

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  • SAU names Dean’s List

    MAGNOLIA — Southern Arkansas University recently announced the names of 474 students who qualified for the Dean’s List following the fall 2014 semester. Area students include: Kelsey Goodman of Sidney and Lane Gay of Smithville. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 20, 2003.

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