• Arson suspected in Newark fire

    A blaze that destroyed a vacant home on West Seventh Street in Newark Saturday morning is being ruled as an act of arson, according to Independence County Deputy James Woods who said firefighters were fighting the fire when he arrived on the scene around 10:30 …

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  • Habitat for Humanity announces banquet plans

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will hold its Home Is Where the Heart Is Banquet on Saturday at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be catered by Elizabeth’s Restaurant. A live auction will follow. …

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  • Trees, shrubs for sale

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District has trees and shrubs now available for purchase at the Ash Flat office, said secretary Kerrie Brightwell. “Instead of taking orders this year, we have the trees and shrubs on hand,” she said, so people can drop …

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  • Photos being sought

    The city of Batesville is hoping to do a wall of honor for Batesville’s past mayors and is currently seeking photos and information about the administrators. Anyone with photos may email them to mayor@cityofbatesville.com, call (870) 698-2400 or visit city hall at 500 E. Main …

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  • Rotary raffle tickets now available

    The Batesville Rotary Club is now selling tickets for its annual raffle to support local scholarships and community service project funds. Only 1,500 tickets are available at $10 each, and the drawing for three winning tickets will be held March 25. The top winner will …

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  • Updated info requested

    The annual Community Focus special section will publish April 18, and any organization, church or other entity that would like to update its information (contact name, phone number, address, website, etc.) should contact Kay Tharp, special sections editor, at (870) 793-2383 or kaytharp@guardonline.com. The Community …

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  • Outdoor survival class set at UACCB

    An outdoor survival class for all ages will be March 23 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, but the deadline to enroll is quickly approaching, said Kim Whitten, assistant to the chancellor. The class offers Phase I of basic survival training for …

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  • Club News

    Daughters of the Confederacy The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its February meeting at the Citizens Bank Annex. President Sherrie Stagner welcomed members and led the ritual and the pledges to the flag of the United States of American, …

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  • Couple uses teen girl in shoplifting operation

    A Bald Knob couple has been arrested for shoplifting at the Batesville Walmart store and accused of using a 15-year-old girl to carry the items to their vehicle while they allegedly stole more merchandise. Independence County Deputy Mike Price said a Walmart employee saw the …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 30, 1993.

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  • Pawn shop opens in Southside

    SOUTHSIDE — Brad Freeman said he’s always been a trader and he’s always wanted to be his own boss so a pawn shop was the perfect fit. Freeman recently opened Razorback Gun and Pawn at 45 Allen Chapel Road (across from the Dollar General Store). …

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  • P-Plains to hear reports, bills

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall for its regular monthly meeting, said Mayor Rick Siler. The aldermen will review monthly departmental reports and current bills.

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