• Civil War group to hear about Jefferson Davis

    The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests. Drew Hodges will present a program entitled “The Life of Jefferson Davis Before the War.” A history professor at the …

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  • Budget committee to discuss proposals

    The Independence County Quorum Court budget committee will hold a meeting at 5 this evening at the county courthouse to discuss 2015 budget proposals. Members of this committee include Margaret Boothby, Gary Bridgman, Anne Moore, Tim Stewart and Waymon Long. All meetings are open to …

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  • Izard historians to hear about railroad work

    BROCKWELL — William Baker will be the guest speaker at the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Izard County Senior Center south of Brockwell. The meeting is open to the public. Baker’s talk will focus on the White …

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  • Banner Church to hold gospel meeting

    BANNER — Banner Church of Christ will have a gospel meeting Friday through Sunday. Ricky Treat will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, and Joel Lewis will be the speaker at 7 p.m. Saturday. Sunday will be homecoming day with Craig Wilson speaking at 10:30 a.m. …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 28, 1995.

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  • Ex-teacher facing new child-sex charges

    MELBOURNE — A former teacher/youth pastor arrested for sex crimes against children is now facing additional charges, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Additional sex-related charges against children have been filed against Robert Norton, who was charged in June of this year with 24 …

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  • Sheriff: Shooting under investigation

    What may have been an accidental shooting has resulted in a death. Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said his officers were dispatched to a residence in regards to a single gunshot wound. Officers found a man in the driveway when they arrived and a woman …

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  • Man assessed as level 3 sex offender

    MELBOURNE — A Melbourne man who was sentenced on April 14 in Izard County Circuit Court for sexual assault involving a teenager and for social host has been assessed as a level 3 sex offender, Sheriff Tate Lawrence has announced. The offense also involved the …

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  • Copper thieves knock out phone service

    AT&T phone service for residents north of the area of Green Lane and North St. Louis Street was disrupted last Wednesday night when copper thieves struck two phone company pedestals. Phone company representative Brisden Slayden told police thieves got a total of about 40 feet …

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  • Several individuals busted for drugs

    If you’re driving around in the middle of the night with drugs in your car, you really should have tail lights if you don’t want to be stopped by a cop. Just ask Randy Joe Vickery. Independence County Deputy James Ebbert said he was on …

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  • Ejected driver killed

    A Newport man, identified as 57-year-old Steven K. Burris, was killed when he lost control of his 1988 Toyota around 2:30 p.m. Friday just south of Newark on Highway 69. Arkansas State Police Trooper Jeremy Page said Burris was southbound when he went off the …

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  • Man, 19, pleads guilty to murder in daughter’s death

    SEARCY (AP) — A 19-year-old White County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter. Dustin Lee Watson was sentenced after pleading guilty today in White County Circuit Court in Searcy. …

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