• County roads to get repairs

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has opened bids for improvements to roads in Independence County, according to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. The purpose of the project is to resurface 4.3 miles of selected sections of Wagon Wheel Road, O’Neal …

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  • Sharp horse show winners announced

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Fair horse show was held July 24 with 93 entries, said Nancy Orr, fair board secretary. Winners included: pony class — Peyton Landreth, first place; Dalaney Harris, second; Robey Landreth, third; Emma Hyslip, fourth; Molly Cherry, fifth; and Tiffany …

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  • Assistance program addresses drought damage

    MELBOURNE — This year’s drought has caused severe damage in Izard and Fulton counties, according to a news release from the Farm Service Agency offices in those counties. “Farm and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program administered …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 18, 1993. 101 YEARS AGO D.M.C. Kelley, one of the leading farmers and fruit growers of this section, was a business visitor today from Bethesda. J.W.L. Grover returned home last night on the 10:30 …

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  • Batesville School to begin new year Aug. 20

    Batesville School District classes will begin Aug. 20. Superintendent is Dr. Randy Willison. Assistant superintendent is Harvey Howard. Director of curriculum and instruction is Pam Brooks. School board members are Paul Hance, president, Rodney Stroud, vice president, Jennifer Emery, secretary, George Latus, Scott Fredricks, Scott …

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  • Blanchard explorers to present program

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The “Blanchard Exploration with Handford and Hill” program will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater near Blanchard Campground, located off Highway 14 in the Ozark National Forest, 15 miles northwest of Mountain View near the town of Fifty Six. …

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  • Club News

    Ruff Riders 4-H Club ASH FLAT — Several members of the Ruff Riders 4-H Club attended the state 4-H horse show, held July 19 at Searcy. Winners include Kyle Manning, third, gaited pleasure; and Shaina Manning, seventh, stake race, and second, gaited pleasure. Kaitlyn Coursey …

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  • Izard fair is next week

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Fair will be Aug. 7-11, but there are deadlines this week, according to a news release. The deadlines for entries for the creative arts and livestock, Moss-Gallegos scholarship applications and the county bred validation entries have passed; for more information …

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  • 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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