• NCA Fair Rodeo begins Thursday

    MELBOURNE — Rand Rodeo Company will bring the Arkansas Family Rodeo to the North Central Arkansas District Fair on Thursday and Friday. Performances will begin at 8 each night at the Rebecca Moser Hickerson Arena, located on LaCrosse Road near Melbourne. The rodeo will feature …

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  • SRAG holds reception for 2014 Fine Arts Show

    HARDY — A reception was held Sept. 14 by the Spring River Artists Guild, sponsor of the 2014 Fine Art Show and Competition, at the Spring River Art Gallery. There were 74 entries. The awards, presented by guild director Trisha Corder, are: Pat McCarroll, best …

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  • Troupe d’Jour visits Eagle Mountain Magnet

    Arts in Education program artists Hal Evans and Alicia Humbard, from the Troupe d’ Jour Theatre Company, provided a residency Sept. 8 through 12 at Batesville’s Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary School. The artists spent the week leading several educational activities for the second- and sixth-grade …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 14, 1995.

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  • T.O.P.S. announces meetings

    Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 542, a Batesville weight loss club, meets at 10 a.m. every Thursday with weigh-in at 9:30 in the annex building at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church, located at 805 Bethesda Road. The annual fee is $28 with $2 per week dues. …

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  • Dowell Transport keeps on truckin’ – Celebrates 40 years in business

    Before his death Earl Dowell was adamant that his employees keep their jobs, and five years later his company has kept that commitment. Dowell was the founder of Dowell Transport Inc. and employees recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, remembering the man with a big heart …

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  • Southside to file for incorporation – Batesville pledges to challenge

    The city of Batesville may be losing its chance to annex Southside — members of the Keep Southside Free From Annexation group were set to file a petition of incorporation this morning with the Independence County Clerk’s Office, said KSFFA co-chairman Brandon Gay. The clerk …

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  • Adult son becomes hostile with mom

    MELBOURNE — A man who choked his mother was arrested for third-degree domestic battery last week, according to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Cpl. Mark Simino responded Sept. 11 to Oxford in reference to a reported fight between a mother and son. …

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  • ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ author to speak

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Flyboys” and “The Imperial Cruise,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Independence Hall. Bradley will present “Doing the Impossible” with a book signing to …

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  • Crash kills Sage man

    MELBOURNE — A head-on collision Saturday resulted in the death of an Izard County man, according to Arkansas State Police. Jimmy Vernon, 48, of Sage was killed when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line on Highway 58, 2 1/2 miles east of …

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  • Remembering country stores

    Brooks Blevins will be bringing a program about past and present country stores to Old Independence Regional Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday. Through a series of many projected photographs, he will take the audience on an Ozark country store journey, focusing on the importance of …

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  • Nonprofit donates $10K to Ozarka College

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has been awarded $10,000 to benefit its scholarship program courtesy of the Stone County Community Resource Council for a second time. This marks the SCCRC’s second $10,000 donation this year, which was accomplished by selling $2 bags of donated items. The …

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