• Tax, construction, alcohol and homeless make news

    Alcohol, homeless, sand plant, police protection, the old country club, new construction — the city of Batesville saw its share of headlines in 2012 but it was a citywide tax that surpassed all of those in news coverage. On March 13, voters passed the Community …

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  • Agencies to discuss safety plan

    In light of the school shooting in Connecticut, local officials are wondering what other agencies’ roles are in the aftermath. Independence County Judge Robert Griffin has requested a meeting of the Office of Emergency Management, sheriff’s office, Vital Link Ambulance Service, school superintendents and their …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 27, 1993.

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  • Jackson Co. man shot

    NEWPORT — A Jackson County man was flown to a hospital in Memphis after officers arrived at a home in Newport to find he had been shot in the face Sunday afternoon. Dewayne E. Eddington, 43, of Tuckerman was discovered at 9617 Highway 17 North …

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  • Magness to swear in officers

    MAGNESS — The town of Magness will have a special meeting at 6:30 tonight at Magness City Hall for swearing in of officers.  

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  • Concord sets special session

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the city hall to consider buying another police vehicle, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.

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  • Newark reschedules meeting

    NEWARK — The Newark City Council meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed due to schedule conflicts, said Recorder-treasurer Joanne Langston. The meeting is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building, she said.

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  • Couple welcomes 5th child

    Amy Brown thought doctors might send her home or that New Year’s Day would come and go before his arrival, but Caden Lee Brown, who was not expected until early February, had other plans. For Amy and Matthew Brown of Newark, Caden may be their …

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  • Suspect found hiding in wall

    ASH FLAT — An alleged gunman staying at an Ozark Acres residence was arrested Wednesday by sheriff’s officers along with Hardy and Highland officers and the Arkansas State Police for aggravated robbery, said Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts. Jason Jones, 32, was taken to the …

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  • Booze, drowning, ‘Idol’ make headlines in 2012

    Voters electing to allow legal sales of alcohol was the top story in Sharp County in 2012. The local option to legalize such sales passed 3,884 to 3,456, fueled mainly by voters in the northern half of the county and the early voting box. Carrying …

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  • Homeowner holds man at gunpoint for police

    Awakened from sleep by a man with no shirt or shoes, yelling outside his home at 1 a.m. Thursday, Wayne Hendrix of T & J Circle grabbed his pistol and went to investigate. Hendrix told Deputy Colby Markum that when he went outside he found …

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  • Stinky DL ends in drug arrest

    It wasn’t until he went back to his patrol car with Joseph Scroggins’ driver’s license, following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, that Independence County Deputy Fred Friar detected the odor of burnt marijuana. Friar said he hadn’t smelled the illegal drug when he was standing …

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