• Rape charges filed

    ASH FLAT — Three counts rape. Four counts second-degree sexual assault. One count sexual indecency with a child. The eight felonies were filed Monday in Sharp County against James Lee Smith accusing the 34-year-old of violating a child under 12 years old. According to the …

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  • Newark man dies in crash

    DIAZ — A car-motorcycle crash on Highway 17 near Diaz Sunday afternoon resulted in the death of a Newark man, according to Arkansas State Police Trooper Sean Riegle. The trooper said John Bullington, 55, of West Fetzer Road was riding his 2001 Yamaha motorcycle south …

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  • HSIC hosts Doggie Pool Party

    The Humane Society of Independence County will have its Seventh Annual Doggie Pool Party Saturday at the Mickey Mouse pool, located at 1990 Harrison St. in Batesville. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Open swimming for people and their dogs will continue until 2 p.m. …

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  • Drug charges filed against 2

    Two people were arrested following a traffic stop on Camp Tahkodah Road Thursday afternoon on charges of possession of an instrument of crime and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. John R. Durbin, 30, of Gleghorn Chapel …

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  • Copper thieves hit OT farmer

    As if he didn’t have enough challenges as a farmer, Ricky Fuller of Oil Trough is now facing the challenge of getting his irrigation systems back in service. Someone stole more than 1,000 feet of copper wire from two of his Blackland Road irrigation systems …

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  • Health unit: Immunizations are priority for healthy school year

    As parents and students begin a new school year, getting up-to-date on immunizations has been a priority for many. Immunizations protect children against a number of illnesses such as chicken pox, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps and polio to name a few, some of which …

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  • Truck parked at hunt club burglarized

    Russell Brinsfield, manager of a hunting club at Otter Lake Farms near the Jackson County line, reported a club member’s pickup truck broken into at the farm sometime overnight Wednesday and several items were stolen. Pickett said the locked truck was parked in a barn …

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  • Melbourne felon named habitual criminal

    The charge of being a habitual criminal has been lodged against 53-year-old Ronnie H. Womack of Melbourne after he was arrested in Batesville for felony breaking and entering. Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Michael Mundy said in a court affidavit Womack was arrested the morning …

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  • Lawrence County eyes hosting state prison again

    WALNUT RIDGE (AP) — Some Lawrence County officials say they want to take another look at hosting a proposed state prison. The quorum court voted last month to not submit an application to the Arkansas Department of Correction to host a proposed $100 million prison. …

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  • Train victims identified

    HOXIE (AP) — The two Union Pacific train crew members killed after two freight trains collided head on early Sunday have been identified. Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff says engineer Chance Gober of White Hall, Arkansas, and conductor Roderick Hayes, of McKinney, Texas, died in the …

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  • Beatles symposium announced

    WALNUT RIDGE — The Beatles Author and Artist Symposium will kick off this year’s Beatles at the Ridge music festival, to be held Sept. 19 and 20 at Walnut Ridge. The symposium will feature nationally-known authors, multi-media presentations, art and private collection displays. Displays will …

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  • News of Other Days

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

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