• Beyond the bars: ‘Like a day care for big kids’

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles highlighting the everyday working people of Independence County.   Laurel Sparks and Kody Headley were looking for interesting careers when they went to college for degrees in criminal justice. “Kody and I actually met …

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  • Officer asks for license, offered cigarettes instead

    The officer who arrested William Dolph Smith for driving while intoxicated Sunday afternoon asked for Smith’s driver’s license but was handed a pack of cigarettes instead. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens  said Smith, found by Pleasant Plains first responders lying in a ditch beside a …

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  • New Ash Flat library opens with Patti Dunlap art show

    ASH FLAT — The new Ash Flat Public Library is presenting Patti Dunlap as guest artist of the month during August, said Ina Gill, who is helping with publicity. The library is in the old fire station building directly behind the First National Banking Co. …

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  • Motel arrests leads to gun, drug charges

    MELBOURNE — Two Izard County residents were arrested at a motel in Melbourne last Tuesday for weapons and drug charges, according to a report from Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Tanya Turner   • Ricky Lake, 33, of Oxford and Tanya Lynette Turner, 42, of Melbourne were both …

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  • Tax holiday begins Saturday

    Arkansas’ annual sales tax holiday will be held Saturday and Sunday. State and local sales tax will not be collected during this 48-hour period on the sale of clothing and footwear if the sales price is less than $100 per item; clothing accessories and equipment …

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  • Victim needs more surgery

    CAVE CITY — A 10-year-old Cave City boy who got a thumb snapped off by a rope during rodeo action at H&H Rodeo Arena at Cord during Saturday night’s rodeo was headed back into surgery this morning after the reattached thumb began “turning colors,” according …

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  • Felon charged for pawning gun

    A warrant was issued Friday charging a Batesville man with being a felon in possession of a firearm after he reportedly pawned a rifle at J & J Pawn Shop earlier in the week. In a court affidavit, Independence County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mundy said …

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  • Intruder arrested after struggle

    A Batesville man was arrested  around 10:30 Sunday night after he allegedly barged into a home in west Batesville looking for a man who wasn’t there. Deputy Bret Ward said when he arrived at the residence two men were struggling on the front porch, one …

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  • Guns, tools, checkbook stolen

    A suspect has been named in one of two incidents where guns and other items were stolen from in Independence County. Deputy Rob Leonard said he took a report from Fredrick Hammer Monday afternoon regarding the theft of a .50 caliber CVA muzzleloading rifle, an …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 17, 1993. 101 YEARS AGO News was received here Saturday of a most unfortunate accident which occasioned the death of Billy Douglas, one of the most popular conductors on the White River Division of …

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  • Cave City to begin classes Aug. 20; registration next week

    CAVE CITY — Cave City School District classes will begin Aug. 20. Students should go to their respective campuses to register, pick up schedules and rent lockers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: fifth and sixth grades, Aug. 7; seventh and …

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  • MITM hosted live music, champion clogger

    HORSESHOE BEND — Music in the Mountains brought traditional bluegrass and country music together July 21 at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre. The Hwy. 289 Band, along with Amy and Darrell Brown, Cameron Shaver, David Sherrell, Whitney King and Blue Dogwood performed songs like “Rockytop,” “Mule …

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