• Suspect rounded up for rustling

    Cattle valued at more than $100,000 were stolen from two Izard County residents more than a year ago, and the man alledgedly taking care of them has been arrested. Troy Aaron Sample of Pleasant Plains is facing a felony theft charge. According to the affidavit …

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  • Cause of man’s death unknown

    The death of a Pleasant Plains man is under investigation to determine the cause of his death, according to a news release from Sheriff Steve Jeffery. “On Sunday officers from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the Pleasant Plains area …

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  • EMT named – Stephens pulls double duty

    Shawn Stephens was recently named a 2013 Arkansas “Star of Life” at the Annual Stars of Life Celebration held in Little Rock. The “Stars of Life” program is conducted by the Arkansas Ambulance Association in cooperation with the American Ambulance Association that recognizes heroic and …

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  • 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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