• Principal touts teachers, programs

    Batesville Junior High School is having another great year. The teachers at Batesville Junior High are simply the hardest working group of educators around and use learning teams to plan curriculum, share teaching strategies and insights, and make adjustments to their teaching based on their …

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  • Sheriff offers shopping safety tips

    With the Christmas shopping season revving into high gear, Independence County Steve Jeffery is offering some shopping/home security tips for local shoppers. “This time of year we regretfully see an upswing in thefts and break-ins,” he said. “If you are going out of town advise …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 22, 1993.

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  • Jewelry, tools, hunting gear taken in break-ins

    A theft of jewelry that reportedly occurred a month ago was reported to local authorities Wednesday afternoon. Jennie Nash of Batesville said a diamond ring and wedding band, valued at $2,800, were stolen from her car while it was parked at a friends house on …

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  • To beer or not to beer – Cave City police chief wants restrictions

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Council and an audience of about 50 listened Tuesday to Police Chief Aaron Presser go quickly through portions of what he called a “baseline” proposal to establish rules and regulations for licensing the sales of alcohol beverages. Included in …

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  • Housing authority cuts ribbon

    A ribbon cutting Tuesday morning at Woodmont Manor on Eagle Mountain marked the culmination of 4 1/2 years of planning and preparation to replace Pecan Circle, an complex for the elderly/disabled owned by the city of Batesville in a flood prone area of west Batesville. …

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  • Work begins on soccer complex

    Travelers using East Main Street may have already noticed the construction under way at what is to be Batesville’s new soccer complex. The East Main Complex, as it is being called now, will house new soccer fields, a new horse arena and tennis courts. Officials …

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  • Bethesda woman tells police officer she ‘got high’ from shoplifting jeans

    A Tuesday morning shopping spree ended with a Bethesda woman going to jail on two counts of theft of clothing from local merchants. During a discussion with police later the woman, identified as Katelyn A. Baum, 18, reportedly said she took the items because she …

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  • Retired State Police director visits Rotary

    After some 41 years in law enforcement, most of them with the Arkansas State Police, former director J.R. Howard of Searcy said his proudest and most memorable time with the agency was during the Helena-West Helena multi-agency drug raid dubbed “Operation Delta Blues.” Howard, who …

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  • Warrant issued for armed fugitive

    A “no bond” warrant has been issued by District Judge Chaney Taylor for the arrest of Christopher Pete Brown for an aggravated robbery that occurred on Nov. 15. In a warrant affidavit filed with the Independence County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, sheriff’s investigator Lt. Mike …

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  • Lighting event set at Cushman

    CUSHMAN — A “Light up the City Park” event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday in Cushman, said Debbie Covington, one of the organizers. “Come out and help Santa light up the Cushman city park … help Santa flip the switch and turn on …

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  • Pure Country to hold Christmas gala

    SMITHVILLE — The annual Christmas gala for Pure Country Retreat at Smithville is set for 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday night, according to a news release from owner/manager Jane Mize. “We have the lodge decorated in a country/cowboy theme and we will be serving some …

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