• Free identify theft prevention seminar planned

    A free seminar on preventing identity theft will be held Jan. 24 at First Community Bank’s George Rider Community Room at 1325 Harrison St. To meet the needs of those who will benefit from an identity theft seminar, two separate sessions are scheduled. A morning …

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  • Budgets, mayor to be topics at Sulphur Rock council meeting

    SULPHUR ROCK — The Sulphur Rock City Council’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the city hall, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite. “Budgets for general and streets will be voted on,” she said. Regular monthly business such as hearing reports and reviewing …

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  • Incoming officials take oath

    Though government offices across the state were closed on Jan. 1, some, like the Independence County Courthouse, were open at least long enough to swear in newly elected government officials. In a mid-morning ceremony Independence County Circuit Judge Adam Harkey administered the oath of office …

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  • Savell joins banking team

    Karen Savell has joined the Merchants and Planters Bank team as a loan assistant, according to a news release from M&P Community Bancshares. Savell will be responsible for assisting in commercial and consumer loans and establishing and maintaining business relationships in Batesville and the surrounding …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, January 4 – Sunday, January 6, 2013.

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  • Artist’s works to be on display

    ASH FLAT — Local artist Terri Jo Fowler is the guest artist of the month at the Ash Flat Library, said library committee member Ina Gill. “I love all kinds of art, my favorite being oil on canvas,” Fowler said. “Sometimes my canvases range from …

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  • Prayer shawl group to meet

    BETHESDA — The prayer shawl knitting/crocheting group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Bethesda Campground Methodist Church. Refreshments are served, and all are welcome, according to Joyce Williams. Williams also offers free knitting and crocheting lessons. Besides making prayer shawls, the group also makes …

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  • Dinner planned

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will hold a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes dessert and a drink and is $10 for those 12 and older and free for children 11 and under.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 23, 1993.

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  • Gas leak causes brief evacuation

    Nearly a dozen people and their pets were evacuated from a Westside trailer park around 11 a.m. Tuesday after a driver ran over a gas meter. Independence County Deputy Andrew Rogers was the first officer to respond to Davis Lane Trailer Park at 1743 Davis …

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  • County faced lawsuits, resigning officials in ’12

    In many ways it’s been a long, hard year for Independence County. Faced with lawsuits, resigning officials and decreasing revenue, Independence Quorum Court and Independence County Judge Robert Griffin had many challenges but the county ended the year better than it started.   Hydro lawsuits …

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  • Family doesn’t let go of dream to start business

    For 10 years the building at the corner of Central and College streets in Batesville stood empty. Owners Porter and Paula Roy had wanted to do something with it, but didn’t know what. A restaurant, featuring the family’s handmade tortillas, was too expensive. In July, …

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