• Stobaugh attends ASCPA fraud conference

    David W. Stobaugh of Batesville attended the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants sixth annual Fraud Conference Nov. 26 and 27 at the ASCPA Conference Center in Little Rock. Stobaugh is a member of the ASCPA. The event offered the 60 participants the opportunity to …

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  • Angel Tree names available

    NEWARK — Merchants & Planters Bank in Newark has names of needy children on its Angel Tree. The public is invited to drop by and pick up a name and purchase a gift for a child in the community. The bank is located at 595 …

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  • Retired teachers plan meeting

    The Retired Teachers of Independence County organization will meet for a Christmas brunch at Elizabeth’s Restaurant at 9 a.m. Monday. Music students from Sulphur Rock will entertain. Members are invited to bring items to donate to the Family Violence Prevention Center. The meeting is open …

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  • School concert slated

    CHARLOTTE — The Cedar Ridge High School choirs will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Cord-Charlotte Elementary cafetorium at Charlotte. The concert is free and open to the public. The junior high choir will feature both sacred and secular Christmas carols while the senior …

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  • December artist named

    ASH FLAT — Sue Ross of Ash Flat is the featured artist of the month at the Ash Flat Library, said Ina Gill, publicist. Ross has always been interested in art and began painting in the early 1980s, Gill said. She took classes in Republic, …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 30, 1993.

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  • Hillcrest FFA students attend national event

    STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest FFA Chapter attended the three-day 85th National FFA Convention and Expo recently in Indianapolis, according to a news release from the school. While in Indianapolis, the group of 25 students, their FFA adviser and two guests heard a convention opening session …

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  • Insurance agent creates Bikes for Batesville

    With the holiday season in full swing, many of us can’t help but be reminded of holiday memories from our childhood. For State Farm agent Lonzo Wilson, the best gift he ever found under his Christmas tree was a shiny new bicycle. “Being able to …

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  • Stitching together strong family ties

    STRAWBERRY — Being headstrong at 16 may have set the stage for a tough life, but looking back Norma Jean Boles realizes the hard times, and there were plenty of them, helped mold her toward her accomplishments for the future. ——— Norma Jean Baughn was …

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  • Burglar caught

    A phone call from a neighbor helped police catch a burglar as he was leaving the home of Georageann Hicks in west Batesville Wednesday morning. Deputy Fred Friar said the call came in around 8:40 a.m. and as he arrived in the 300 block of …

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  • Arson ruling changed

    First thought to be an act of arson, a house fire on Gordon Lane in the Floral area Nov. 5 that destroyed the home of George Chapman has now been ruled as accidental, according to Detective Lt. Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. …

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  • Restored vision allows man to serve others

    NEWPORT — Surgery and contacts restored the vision — and the dream — of Billy Harrison of Newport. He remembers as a small child visiting his father at work and hoping to follow in his footsteps at Taylor Made Ambulance. Because of his determination to …

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