• 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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  • Rock N Roll Window cleaning – Window washer faces streak of success

    Dressed in a black T-shirt and black jeans, 31-year-old Dwain Roark Jr. looks more like a rocker than a window cleaner. Well, actually — he’s both. He’s the owner of Rock N Roll Window Cleaning and he’s in a band. But don’t mistake his company …

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  • Fight starts at dance, ends in car accident

    A fight that started at a dance ended in a head-on collision that may have been intentional. Independence County officers report being called to an accident around 2:51 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Indco Lane. Cpl. Chris Toland said he arrived to find a …

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  • 2 killed in crashes on highways

    JUDSONIA (AP) — Arkansas State Police say two people have died in separate single-vehicle accidents in the state during the weekend. Troopers say 55-year-old James Marsh of Searcy was killed Saturday when the vehicle he was driving on a road in White County about 8 …

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  • Melbourne/Mt. Pleasant students learn about farm, food, health

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary students recently spent a day on the “farm” without every leaving school. The interactive, traveling “Farm to You” exhibit was brought to both campuses. The display features a 10-station presentation that begins on “Farmer Dale’s Arkansas Plate …

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