• Bank releases new list of finalists

    Citizens Bank has released a new list of finalists for the “Celebrate America 2014” drawings in which the bank will give away a new car, an Intimidator utility terrain vehicle and a Bad Boy mower on the Fourth of July in Riverside Park at Batesville. …

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  • Bluegrass gospel jam planned

    SOUTHSIDE — A gospel jam with country and bluegrass gospel music will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 1915 Batesville Boulevard across from Southside High School. Admission is free. Performance slots are available. Registration is at the door. For more …

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  • Reunions set

    Love, Franks family MOUNT PLEASANT — The annual Love/Franks family reunion will be held Sunday at Mount Pleasant Elementary cafeteria. A potluck lunch will be served at noon and all family and friends are invited to attend.   Satterwhite family CAVE CITY — The family …

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  • News of Other Days

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

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  • City to pass on some of insurance increase to employees

    The city of Batesville will be passing some of its ballooning health insurance rates to the employees, starting next month. Thursday night, the council met and approved a proposal that would increase what the employees pay for dependants, whether spouse, child or family.  Mayor Rick …

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  • Habitat expected to raise $3,500 after banquet

    The Roman author known as “Pliny the Elder” is credited for the phrase “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” but on Thursday it was the supporters of Habitat for Humanity of Independence County who opened their hearts to ensure meeting the need for decent, affording …

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  • $80K in meth found during traffic stops

    Traffic stops over the weekend resulted in finding meth worth more than $80,000. The unrelated incidents started Friday night when Arkansas State Trooper John Qualls stopped a silver extended cab Nissan pickup just off of White Drive. Investigator Chris Toland with the Independence County Sheriff’s …

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  • Man tossed in drunk tank after using racial slurs at jail

    There was no happy meal for the man who was causing a scene in a fast-food restaurant parking lot, but instead he got tossed in the drunk tank after fighting officers and upsetting inmates at the jail. Nicholas Jon Guyette, 21, of Batesville faces public …

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  • Fireworks planned at Strawberry

    STRAWBERRY — Strawberry Fire Department will host a fireworks show June 28 at the Strawberry Ball Field. Donations are being accepted to help with the purchase of the fireworks. A shaved ice stand, bounce houses, a concession stand and other vendors will be available. For …

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  • County library seeking input through survey 

    The Independence County Library has released a survey, seeking input from the public so it can learn more about what the community wants and needs from the public library, according to a news release. “As part of a larger strategic planning process which began in …

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  • Sharp County Fair to give away John Deere mower

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Fair will be July 21-26 at the fairgrounds near Ash Flat. To register exhibits early, drop by the Extension Office in the courthouse at Ash Flat to get an exhibitor number and entry tags. The fair is selling chances …

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  • World Fast Draw Assoc. event to be this weekend

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The World Fast Draw Association will hold its Index Championship Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Stone County Fairgrounds in Mountain View. The event is expected to draw competitors from across the nation and possibly from around the world. On Friday, a celebrity …

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