• Assessor’s office out of compliance with state

    In a performance audit conducted by the State of Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department (ACD), the Independence County Assessor’s Office was found to be out of compliance and state reappraisal funds could have been suspended — but weren’t. ACD is granted full power and authority in …

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  • Felon’s bond set at $60K

    Already facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun, a Southside man who allegedly told a store clerk he had a gun as he tried to rob her Friday morning is now facing formal charges of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, …

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  • Man faces additional charges

    NEWPORT — A Newport man arrested last week for residential burglary and theft currently faces additional charges of burglary after being linked to two other break-ins in Jackson County. John Payne, 31, was arrested after breaking into a home in the 2800 block of Ivy …

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  • Christmas burglar returns

    A Christmas Day burglar has struck again. A plasma cutter valued at $4,000 and a set of specialty wrenches valued at $150 were reported missing Friday from James Gaylin Hatfield’s shop building, Hatfield Ready-Mix, on Leslie Hollow Road north of Pfeiffer, said Independence County Deputy …

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  • Humane society wins $1,000

    The Humane Society of Independence County has won a $1,000 prize as part of The Animal Rescue Site’s 2012 $300,000 Challenge in conjunction with Petfinder.com. The results were tabulated in the fourth round of voting in the challenge, and the local humane society received the …

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  • Library to discuss activities

    The Independence County Library Board will discuss general activities when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank annex 285 E. College St. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Midland spellers recognized

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District has announced its 2012 spelling bee winners, according to a news release. They include: Peyton Foster (who was also named champion), first grade; Chloe McCance, second grade; Travis Kersey, third grade; Austin Smith, fourth grade; Shelby Warden, fifth …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 3, 1993.

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  • Jacksonport State Park to hold two special hikes

    JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will have two special hikes on the Tunstall River Walk in the undeveloped area of the park on Tuesday. At 10 a.m., a low-impact hike will be taken down the Historic Tunstall River Walk. The hiking area is very level …

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  • One lane of highway across dam to temporarily close

    HEBER SPRINGS — One lane of Highway 25 across Greers Ferry Dam will close temporarily beginning at 7 a.m. Jan. 7 and ending at 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Contractors will be working on the dam from the roadway.  Traffic lights will be positioned at each …

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  • Stephens named 2012 Officer of the Year

    Shawn Stephens is the kind of man you want around when trouble arises. He’s dedicated his life to public service either as a 911 dispatcher, EMT/paramedic, volunteer firefighter or police officer. All his hard work was recognized recently when the Independence County Sheriff’s Office named …

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  • Robber gets nothing

    SOUTHSIDE — Ashley Modlin thought the man outside her place of work looked creepy. Moments later, he walked in wearing a mask, claiming he had a gun, and demanded money — while an off-duty cop was inside the store. The would-be robber, identified as Larry …

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