• Theft arrest made; items found at Diaz

    A man charged with stealing two vehicles on Jan. 24 faces an additional theft charge from earlier in the year. Dennie W. Apple, 42, of 401 Camp Tahkodah Road is being charged with felony thefts related to two vehicles stolen next to Blackland Road and …

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  • Weekend Events

    Upcoming weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, February 1 – Sunday, February 3, 2013.

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  • Service News

    Fort Meade, Md. — Air Force Airman William C. Zumwalt graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and …

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  • 80th birthday drop-in set for Saturday

      An 80th birthday drop-in reception for Jim Gardner will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at First Community Bank. He requests no gifts, but cards would be appreciated.

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  • This Day in History…

    Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2013. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1863, during the Civil War, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of former slaves, was mustered …

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  • Ozarka College releases honor rolls

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College recently announced that 75 students have been named to the President’s List and 115 students have been named to the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ List for the Fall 2012 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 24, 1993.

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  • Play set for this weekend

    What was life like in Batesville and Independence County during the Civil War? In a readers’ theater play, “War Chronicles II: Independence County’s Civil War,” local actors will help answer that question as they give voice to residents of that era, using personal letters and …

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  • Two injured in roll-over crash

    A Pleasant Plains woman was sent to a Little Rock hospital after being thrown from a vehicle during a roll-over crash early Tuesday morning. The driver of the car, who reportedly fled the scene because of outstanding warrants, was also seriously injured, according to police. …

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  • Historian pens book from soldiers’ words

    The author of two “Civil War Chronicles” plays that tell some of the story of the war between the states in Independence County says the plays just scratch the surface of what is known from firsthand accounts. To read about the plays, the second of …

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  • Sounds of Motown coming to Batesville in February

    The sounds of Motown are sure to bring the house down when the Masters of Motown come to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville next month. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Independence Hall. This will be the third …

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  • Woman celebrates 100

    Lela Honkonen always loved music. As a tiny girl she danced on her father’s feet. Her parents, Walter and Etta Hudson, moved from place to place in New Mexico and Texas. The oldest of nine, Honkonen celebrated her 100th birthday last week with a party …

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