• Crash kills Sage man

    MELBOURNE — A head-on collision Saturday resulted in the death of an Izard County man, according to Arkansas State Police. Jimmy Vernon, 48, of Sage was killed when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line on Highway 58, 2 1/2 miles east of …

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  • Remembering country stores

    Brooks Blevins will be bringing a program about past and present country stores to Old Independence Regional Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday. Through a series of many projected photographs, he will take the audience on an Ozark country store journey, focusing on the importance of …

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  • Nonprofit donates $10K to Ozarka College

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has been awarded $10,000 to benefit its scholarship program courtesy of the Stone County Community Resource Council for a second time. This marks the SCCRC’s second $10,000 donation this year, which was accomplished by selling $2 bags of donated items. The …

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  • Highway bid awarded

    The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Independence County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials. The purpose of the project is to construct and install a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 167 …

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  • Smith seeks seat

        Tammy Grady Smith of Cave City is announcing her candidacy for city council, ward 3, position 2.         Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political announcements on this page, as space permits, at no cost to the …

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  • Three earn NASA scholarships

    Three students in the Doyle “Rog” Rogers Jr., Aviation Maintenance program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville have been awarded NASA scholarships. Kaprincia Goldwood of Ash Flat, Marc Grammer of Floral and Robert Johnson of Batesville were recently awarded $2,000 each, according …

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  • Newport tracks ‘brain drain’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials in the northeastern Arkansas town of Newport are working to stop the “brain drain” of students who leave the area to attend college and never return. The Newport Economic Development Commission is working with three University of Arkansas Clinton School …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 13, 1995.

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  • Autistic daughter inspires pageant for special needs

    Four years ago, when Jessica Ross found out she would be having a daughter, she began to dream of raising a “prissy girl,” with bows and frilly, lacy dresses, entering pageants and doing all things girly. But those dreams were crushed when she learned her …

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  • Man accused of raping girl

    VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — A construction worker in North Dakota who authorities accuse of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl has been charged. A $50,000 bond has been set for 19-year-old Joseph Chapps of Hardy, Arkansas. He is facing a gross sexual imposition …

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  • Child sex offender moves to Melbourne

    MELBOURNE — A man convicted of engaging in sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl has moved to 712 Dream Riders Road in Melbourne. Mark Allen Benford, 48, was convicted in 2000 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse and is classified as a Level 3 sex offender. …

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  • Sheriff: Meth, pot, pills found

    ASH FLAT — On Wednesday, the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department and the Cave City Police Department executed a search warrant at the Barry Neal residence, located at 968-B Calamine Road, according to Mark Counts, Sharp County sheriff. During a search of the residence, officers located …

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