• Highway bid awarded

    The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Independence County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials. The purpose of the project is to construct and install a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 167 …

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  • Smith seeks seat

        Tammy Grady Smith of Cave City is announcing her candidacy for city council, ward 3, position 2.         Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political announcements on this page, as space permits, at no cost to the …

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  • Three earn NASA scholarships

    Three students in the Doyle “Rog” Rogers Jr., Aviation Maintenance program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville have been awarded NASA scholarships. Kaprincia Goldwood of Ash Flat, Marc Grammer of Floral and Robert Johnson of Batesville were recently awarded $2,000 each, according …

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  • Newport tracks ‘brain drain’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials in the northeastern Arkansas town of Newport are working to stop the “brain drain” of students who leave the area to attend college and never return. The Newport Economic Development Commission is working with three University of Arkansas Clinton School …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 13, 1995.

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  • Autistic daughter inspires pageant for special needs

    Four years ago, when Jessica Ross found out she would be having a daughter, she began to dream of raising a “prissy girl,” with bows and frilly, lacy dresses, entering pageants and doing all things girly. But those dreams were crushed when she learned her …

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  • Man accused of raping girl

    VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl has been charged. A $50,000 bond has been set for 19-year-old Joseph Chapps of Hardy, Arkansas. He is facing a gross sexual imposition …

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  • Child sex offender moves to Melbourne

    MELBOURNE — A man convicted of engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl has moved to 712 Dream Riders Road in Melbourne. Mark Allen Benford, 48, was convicted in 2000 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is classified as a Level 3 sex offender. …

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  • Sheriff: Meth, pot, pills found

    ASH FLAT — On Wednesday, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the Cave City Police Department executed a search warrant at the Barry Neal residence, located at 968-B Calamine Road, according to Mark Counts, Sharp County sheriff. During a search of the residence, officers located …

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  • Arkansas Parole Board votes against felon’s commutation

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found the request of a man with convictions in multiple counties to be without merit, according to a news release. In June 1998, William McCoy was convicted of two counts of second-degree escape and a weapons charge …

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  • Drug prevention calendars legit

    It’s legit. Independence County Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls said he wanted to reassure those calling about donations sought for the Drug Prevention Calendar who are asking if the donations are really designated for the law enforcement calendar. “We just want those donating to know that …

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  • Mt. Pleasant named ‘high achieving’ school

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary has been identified by the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas as the winner of the “High-Achieving Overall Elementary School” OEP award, according to a news release. This prestigious statewide award is based on the OEP-created …

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