• Here kitty, kitty – Baby skunks in handbag surprise cop

    A woman claiming to have a purse full of baby possums ended up having four baby skunks. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Wayne Green said he was called to Newport Road in Oil Trough regarding a woman on the side of the road who was swaggering …

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  • Motorcyclist leads police on high-speed chase, caught in field

    A man who led police officers on a high-speed chase faces numerous violations after he was later apprehended in a field. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Wayne Green said he was contacted Friday night by the narcotics department in White County that a couple of motorcycles …

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  • City may pass some of health insurance hike to employees

    Batesville city employees could be asked to pay for their dependants’ coverage, but it still won’t be enough to cover a major increase in health insurance come July 1. Tuesday night, a city council committee met to discuss rates and consider a proposal that would …

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  • ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ to be performed

    North Arkansas Dance Theatre will present “Little Red Riding Hood and Other ‘Tails’ from the Wood” at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday at Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus in Batesville. As Little Red travels over the meadows and through the woods …

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  • Shoplifters arrested

    A woman who was trying to climb up the hill beside the parking lot with a small child in tow was arrested for shoplifting while her boyfriend was too. Brandy K. Lange, 31, of Dayton, Texas and Bobby Reynolds, 35, of Magness were both taken …

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  • Melbourne library sets summer reading program

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Public Library will hold its summer reading program on Wednesdays beginning June 4, according to a news release. Activities will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for six weeks and is for children 12 and under. The programs are free …

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  • Low-cost exercise class to begin

    The Independence County Cooperative Extension Service will begin a new Strong Women class to be held at 9 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Extension Office located at 1770 Myers St. The class will use medicine balls, which will be provided, and participants do …

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  • Water board to meet

    PFEIFFER — The Pfeiffer Public Water Authority will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Building. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 19, 1994.

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  • ROTC cadets commissioned into service

    JONESBORO — The Department of Military Science and Leadership at Arkansas State University commissioned eight ROTC cadets into the U.S. Army and Army National Guard May 16 in a ceremony attended by family, friends and university staff. The eight new officers also received their university …

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  • Major dealer, drugs taken off the street

    Terry Newsom wasn’t going in without a fight. Shortly after Sgt. Shawn Stephens apprehended him Saturday, it set off a chain of events that would produce 5 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $224,000, four motorcycles, approximately $13,000 in cash and numerous guns …

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  • Teen attacks jailer

    An inmate at the juvenile detention center who is “dead set” on entering the prison system with the rest of his family might just get his wish. The 17-year-old being held on theft by receiving and criminal mischief charges from Lonoke currently faces a felony …

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